In order to handle sensitive data such as credit card numbers on your website, you need to install an SSL certificate. This will ensure that all the data exchanged between your visitors’ web browser and the web server is encrypted.

While this tutorial will show you how to install an SSL certificate on a sub-domain, the same procedure can be used for a domain. The sub-domain I will be using is “whmcs.webhostingshed.com”.

1. Assigning a Dedicated IP Address

In order to install an SSL certificate, the domain (or the sub-domain) always needs to have its own dedicated IP address. Unless you have a root access to the server, you will need to ask your hosting provider to do this for you.

a) Assigning a Dedicated IP Address to a Domain

To assign an IP address to a domain, go to WHM > Change a Site’s IP Address, select the domain from the list and click on Change. On the next page, you will be presented with a list of available IP addresses to choose from.

b) Assigning a Dedicated IP Address to a Sub-Domain

However, if you’re using a sub-domain the procedure is little bit different. Click here to read the tutorial from the official cPanel documentation. Don’t forget to reserve the IP address once you’re done.

After you’ve assigned the IP address, you need to add an “A record” to the sub-domain’s DNS zone file. Go to cPanel > Advanced DNS Zone Editor and add the sub-domain and the dedicated IP address:

cpanel dns editor a record

* Important: The subdomain must always end with “.” (whmcs.webhostingshed.com.)

If everything went well, the subdomain should now respond to a different IP address than the main domain:

ping

2. Generating a Certificate Signing Request

Before you can install an SSL certificate, you need to generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR). To do so, go to cPanel > SSL/TLS Manager > Generate, view, or delete SSL certificate signing requests.

Enter the sub-domain as well as all the information regarding your company and click Generate:

cpanel generate csr

Copy the generated CSR to your favorite text editor:

cpanel csr

3. Configuring Your SSL Certificate From Go Daddy

Log in to your Go Daddy account and click on Launch next to your SSL certificate:

godaddy ssl certificate

On the next page, select Third Party, Dedicated Server, or Virtual Dedicated Server and copy your CSR in the box. Check the agreement box at the bottom then hit Next:

godaddy ssl hosting options

To have the request approved by the domain owner, select Domain Authorization Email and click on Next:

godaddy ssl configuration

Confirm the operation by clicking the Next button on the next page. If everything went well, the domain owner should receive an approval request by email with a link to proceed:

godaddy ssl approval request

Click the link from the email and approve the request:

ssl approval

Once the certificate is approved, you will be brought to the Secure Certificate Services control panel. Click the Download button to download the certificate to your desktop:

download ssl certificate

Select cPanel from the drop down list and click on Download:

download godaddy cpanel ssl certificate

Extract the two (2) .CRT files from the zip archive you just downloaded.

4. Uploading the SSL Certificates

To upload the SSL certificates to your cPanel account, simply go to cPanel > SSL/TLS Manager > Generate, view, upload, or delete SSL certificates and upload the two .CRT files (you can upload only one file at a time):

cpanel upload ssl certificates

5. Installing the SSL Certificates

To perform this operation, you will need to have root access to the server. If you don’t, contact your server administrator or web hosting provider to have this part done for you.

To install the SSL certificates on the desired domain, go to WHM > Install an SSL certificate on a domain and click on Browse Certificates.  Select the domain’s owner account from the list. You should now see the two (2) certificates you just uploaded through cPanel:

whm install ssl certificate

Install both certificates by selecting them and clicking on Use Certificate. You will be able to install only one certificate at a time. Once the certificates have been installed, you should get a confirmation message like this:

certificate installed successfully

If you go to WHM > Manage SSL Hosts, you should now see the domain (or sub-domain) listed:

manage ssl hosts

6. Forcing a Secure Connexion

If you access your website using “https://”, your connexion will be secured. However, this does not prevent visitors from accessing your website on a non-secure connexion (http://).

To redirect visitors to the secure portion of your website, upload a file named “.htaccess” at the root of your domain’s public directory with the following content:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]
</IfModule>

This will automatically send visitors to the secure area of your website, no matter what URL has been requested.

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One Reply to “How to Install a GoDaddy SSL Certificate on a cPanel Server”

  1. this was really helpful.. thank you very much. Now i have configured my ssl

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