INFO: Generate CSR in cPanel 11
Posted by Valarie S. on 22 June 2021 03:49 PM

CSR (Certificate Signing Request) is needed to generate the SSL certificate. This set of codes has the company information encrypted like your domain name, company name, locality, and country of operation. This set of information is required for SSL activation and validation.

cPanel's SSL/TLS functions are handled by the SSL/TLS Manager module. is area will allow you to generate: SSL certificates, signing requests, and keys.

Critical Parts of Using SSL to Secure Website

1. Signing Request is a CSR (Certificate Signing Request) which is needed for your certificate activation.

2. Certificate is a self-signed, non-trusted certificate issued for your domain. It will not be used further.

3. Private Key is a key necessary for decoding during SSL/TLS handshake once your certificate is installed. Keep in mind that the private key should be saved as it is required for installation of the certificate on the server. Do not give it away to anyone

Step 1: Private Keys (KEY)

1. Click on the Generate, view, upload, or delete your private keys.

2. When the page loads, scroll to the bottom and you will see the Generate a New Key section. Enter the domain you want to create an SSL Certificate in the Host text box or you can select the domain from the Select a Domain drop down menu. Select the key bit-length. We recommend 2048 (2048 is required for EV certificates).

If you would like to have a higher level of security, choose 4096 key size. Keep in mind that a bigger key size slows down establishment of an SSL/TLS session and increases load on your server’s central processor unit.

3. Click on the Generate button.

4. Click on Return to SSL Manager.

5. When the page loads, click on the Go Back link. This will take you to the main SSL/TLS Manager page.

Step 2: Certificate Signing Requests (CSR)

1. Click on Generate, view, or delete SSL certificate signing requests.

2. When the page loads, set the following:

- Host (select the domain name from the drop down menu)
- Country (enter your two-digit country code)
- State (enter your two-digit state abbreviation)
- City (enter your city's name)
- Company Division (enter your company's division)
- Email (enter your email address)
- Passphrase (enter any phrase you want to use for the pass phrase)

3. Click on the Generate button. You will now be e-mailed a copy of your CSR.

4. Click on Go Back.

Feel free to contact our SSL Support Team if you have further questions.

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