Generating a Certificate Signing Request (CSR)

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If you’re thinking of buying an SSL Certificate, you’ll need something called a Certificate Signing Request that you need to submit to the vendor you’re buying it from. You can produce this in cPanel. Here’s How.

Creating a CSR

  1. Log into cPanel Control Panel
  2. Scroll to the Security section and click SSL/TLS
  3. Click the link under Certificate Signing Requests (CSR)
  4. Add the domain(s) you want to secure. You can only add one fully qualified domain per request – but you can add multiple subdomains. So you can’t add example.com and mywebsite.com. You can add example.com, blog.example.com. If you are buying a wildcard certificate, you can add *.example.com. This will secure any subdomain you add
  5. Fill in the details. Only add a passphrase if you have specifically been asked to do so
  6. Click Generate.

This then produces the CSR. You’ll see this below the boxes you filled in. It looks like this:

—–BEGIN CERTIFICATE REQUEST—–
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lotsandlotsoflettersandnumbersand_and&+signs
lotsandlotsoflettersandnumbersand_and&+signs
lotsandlotsoflettersandnumbersand_and&+signs
lotsandlotsoflettersandnumbersand_and&+signs
lotsandlotsoflettersandnumbersand_and&+signs
lotsandlotsoflettersandnumbersand_and&+signs
lotsandlotsoflettersandnumbersand_and&+signs
lotsandlotsoflettersandnumbersand_and&+signs
—–END CERTIFICATE REQUEST—–

Paste to Your Certificate Vendor

Copy and paste this into the relevant place with the vendor you are buying the certificate from.

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