Creating a Self-Signed Certificate

An alternative to the self-generated shared server certificate is a personalized self-signed certificate.  First, access the SSL menu by clicking the "Advanced Tools" link from the main control panel menu, then click the "Install SSL Certificates" icon.



Step 1:  Click the radio buttons to select "Create your own self signed certificate."


Step 2:  Enter the information about yourself and your company.


A list of country codes is available at:


The Common Name is the exact web address the certificate is associated with.  In the above example, would be valid, but not


Step 3:  Click the "Save" button at the bottom of the screen.  You will be taken back to the SSL menu.


Understanding non-Trusted Certificates


Although non-Trusted certificates provide a high level of encryption, they are not always the best choice because they are self-generated instead of purchased from a trusted authority.  Because of this, visitors to your site may receive a warning popup window when they access a secure page:



If you can put up with this inconvenience, then a self-generated secure certificate is adequate for your site.  If you are a company selling goods or services, we highly recommend that you purchase a trusted certificate.  A non-trusted certificate may be harmful to a web site's reputation.


Uploading Files to your Secure Site


All secure files need to be uploaded to the /domains/ directory.  You may upload using the control panel's built-in file manager or FTP.  For example,


/domains/            --->

/domains/ --->


The private_html directory operates the exact same way as the public_html directory.


Note:  You will not see a private_html directory if the SSL feature isn't enabled on your account.

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