How to Install SSL in Plesk

How to Install SSL in Plesk

A control panel is an interface provided to users to manage their hosting account, including website settings, domains, email accounts, etc. Most control panels come with a graphical user interface (GUI) so that even a layman can easily manage their hosting accounts. With a GUI interface, the tools and options are denoted by easy to understand graphical icons.

There are many control panel’s namely cPanel, Plesk, dotnet panel etc. Considering a Windows server, the control panel that is mostly used would be a Plesk control panel or the DotNet control panel. Most web hosting providers provide Plesk or DotNetPanel with their Windows hosting packages.

There are many control panel’s namely cPanel, plesk, dotnet panel etc.
Considering a Windows server, the control panel that is mostly used would be Plesk control panel or the dotnet control panel. Most web hosting providers provide Plesk or DotNetPanel with their Windows hosting packages.

Let us know see how to install SSL certificate in Plesk control panel.

A Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Protocol is necessary when you want to collect data from your visitors securely, i.e. credit card number and other personal information. To install a SSL certificate on your site you must first purchase it from a trusted Certificate Authority (Vendor) and then install it through Plesk control panel. Remember that your site must have a dedicated IP to enable SSL protecting.

Once you have logged into your Plesk control panel account you get the default options on the homepage namely Mail Accounts, Create mail account, Create Redirect, Mailing list etc. under the main option of Mail Accounts. Edit in scheduler, Web Hosting Settings, Sub domains, Domain Aliases etc. under the main option of Web Site.

Step 1: Scroll down to the Additional Tools group. You get the option like Scheduled Tasks, SSL certificates, Active sessions, Bandwidth Limiting etc. Click on the SSL Certificate icon.

You see that you currently have no SSL certificate installed. This will be seen below the ‘Send File’ button at the bottom of the page. We will now generate a Certificate Sign Request(CSR) file at first.

Step 2: Click the Add SSL Certificate icon. You need to fill the required details in the link.

Certificate Name – Enter a name for the new certificate.

Then you need to complete the fields required for personal data:

Country – Enter your country name
Location (city) – Enter the city name
Organization name (Company) – Enter the organization name
Organization department/division name – Enter the division name
Domain name – Enter the desired domain name
E-mail – Enter your email address

Scroll down, and click on the Request option when finished. Once this is done, go back to the SSL certificate option. You will see the certificate that you have just created.

Step 3: Click on the certificate name that we just created, and scroll down. You see the Certificate Request and the Private Key for the same.

You must copy and save this data in a secure place. You would need to provide a CSR to an SSL vendor when purchasing a valid certificate. Scroll down a bit, you get the option ‘Upload Certificate as Text’. Once you purchase a SSL certificate this is where you would paste it. Then click on the Send Text button to install the certificate on the server.

This is the process of installing a SSL server through your Plesk control panel.

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