Securing your website is extremely important. There are a number of things you can do to help secure your site both from your computer, on our server, and by following best practices when storing information and passwords. One big piece of the puzzle when securing a website is the addition of an SSL certification. This is a secure socket layer certification that encrypts data that is passed between a visitor and the server.
SSL certificates are very important – essential even – when handling sensitive information over the web. This information could include credit card information during the checkout process of an online order, or even member’s personal information if you are building a membership website.
Regardless of the reason you want to install an SSL certificate, it is not as difficult to do as many people seem to think. Below is a demonstration of generating the CSR (certificate signing request) from within Plesk 10 that will allow you to purchase an SSL certificate from any vendor.
I mentioned a couple times during the video that in order to install and run an SSL certificate you will need to have a dedicated IP address for your website. Also, it’s very important that you pay attention to what you put into the domain field as this cannot be changed. If you pay for the SSL certificate with the incorrect information entered, you will need to purchase an additional certificate as it will not be able to be changed. Use the subdomain or exact domain that you will want the certificate for.