How To Install SSL Certificate Godaddy
How To Install SSL Certificate Godaddy

How To Install SSL Certificate Godaddy?

How To Install SSL Certificate Godaddy? – Here is the step by step instruction for proceeding with SSL certificate installation on godaddy hosting server.

In this article, we’ll go over how to get a free SSL certificate from GoDaddy. We’re writing because we frequently read the following query on Reddit and Facebook: “Is there any way to avoid the $70.00 a year GoDaddy SSL certificate by installing a free one myself?” The basic solution to this question is that installing a free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate will allow you to skip the GoDaddy SSL certificate. We’ll go over how to do that in detail in this blog post.

Many GoDaddy customers assume that the only method to receive an SSL certificate for their website is to pay $70.00 a month for one located here: https://www.godaddy.com/web-security/ssl-certificate

GoDaddy does not provide a free SSL certificate by default; instead, you must purchase one from the aforementioned site. The cheapest is $70.00 per year, while a wild card SSL will set you back $295.99 for the first year and $369.99 when you renew. Many other hosting providers include a free SSL certificate in their base plans, therefore this company is an oddity (Cloudways, our hosting partner, offers free SSL certificates that can even be applied to wildcard domains).

Unfortunately, many GoDaddy customers are encouraged to assume that the company is their only option for obtaining an SSL certificate. This is, in our judgment, highway robbery. Offering a free SSL certificate that is automatically deployed on your website is not only industry standard; it is also unethical to lure non-technical visitors down this path. We appreciate the need for convenience, but it shouldn’t come at a cost of $70.00 every year.

What Is the Purpose of SSL?

In the year 2021, having an SSL certificate setup on your domain will be a must. The SSL certificate is used to encrypt and protect sensitive data or information. Only the intended recipient of this data can decrypt it, making it safe for your website users to submit sensitive information like credit card numbers and addresses. Any data that website visitors input can be easily captured by hostile actors if you don’t have an SSL certificate.

Google declared in July 2018 that any websites without an SSL certificate would be marked as insecure. Many browsers followed suit, and if your website doesn’t have an SSL certificate, you’ll see a padlock with a red X through it, as well as a message that reads something like “this website is not safe, you should not trust it.”

Not only does this undermine your trust, but it also has SEO repercussions, and your website is no longer secure. Hackers can easily steal data and even modify the structure of your website to grab crucial information from unwitting users.

When your website has an SSL certificate, the URL will be HTTPS (rather than HTTP) and the padlock will be green, with the phrase secure shown. This implies that any and all information submitted on or received over the website is encrypted and secure, and visitors may trust it.

We won’t get into the technical details of what an SSL certificate is. This post will show you how to get a free SSL certificate for your GoDaddy website and avoid paying the $70 to $300 per year fee.

You’ll need to install an SSL certificate on your website if you want to handle sensitive data like credit card details. This will encrypt any data sent back and forth between your visitors’ web browser and the web server.

While this guide focuses on installing an SSL certificate on a subdomain, the same technique can be used to create an SSL certificate on a domain. “whmcs.webhostingshed.com” is the subdomain I’ll be using.

How To Install SSL Certificate on Godaddy?

The first step is to assign a dedicated IP address

a) Assigning a Domain a Dedicated IP Address

To assign an IP address to a domain, Go to WHM > Change a Site’s IP Address, choose the domain from the drop-down menu, and click Change. On the next page, you’ll get a list of available IP addresses from which to choose.

b) Assigning a Sub-Domain a Dedicated IP Address

If you’re using a sub-domain, though, the approach is slightly different. After you’ve allocated the IP address, you’ll need to add a “A record” to the DNS zone file for the sub-domain. Add the sub-domain and dedicated IP address to cPanel > Advanced DNS Zone Editor:

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

2. Creating a Request for Certificate Signing

You must first create a Certificate Signing Request before installing an SSL certificate (CSR). Go to cPanel > SSL/TLS Manager > Generate, view, or delete SSL certificate signing requests to accomplish this.

Enter the sub-domain as well as all of your company’s information, then click Generate:

Copy the generated CSR to your text editor of choice:

3. Configuring Your Go Daddy SSL Certificate

  1. Go to your Go Daddy account and click on the Launch button next to your SSL certificate:
  2. Select Third Party, Dedicated Server, or Virtual Dedicated Server on the next screen, and paste your CSR into the field. At the bottom, check the agreement box, then click Next:
  3. Select Domain Authorization Email and click Next: to get the request authorized by the domain owner.
  4. On the next screen, click the Next button to confirm the procedure. If everything went smoothly, the domain owner should receive an email with an approval request and a link to follow:

Approve the request by clicking the link in the email:

You’ll be taken to the Secure Certificate Services control panel once the certificate has been accepted. To save the certificate to your desktop, click the Download button:

Choose cPanel from the drop-down menu and then click Download:

From the zip bundle you just downloaded, extract the two (2).CRT files.

4. Installing SSL Certificates

Simply go to cPanel > SSL/TLS Manager > Generate, view, upload, or delete SSL certificates to upload the two certificates to your cPanel account.

Files in CRT format (you can only upload one file at a time):

5. Putting SSL Certificates in Place

You’ll need root access to the server to carry out this action. If you don’t know how to do this, contact your server administrator or web hosting provider.

Go to WHM > Install an SSL certificate on a domain and select Browse Certificates to install the SSL certificates on the specified domain. Choose the domain’s owner account from the drop-down menu. The two (2) certificates you just submitted using cPanel should now be visible:

Select both certificates and click Use Certificate to install them. At a time, you will be allowed to install only one certificate. After the certificates have been installed, you should receive a message similar to this:

You should now see the domain (or sub-domain) listed under WHM > Manage SSL Hosts:

6. Insisting on a Secure Connection

Your connection will be secure if you use “https://” to access your website. This, however, does not prohibit visitors from using a non-secure connection (http://) to access your website.

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

Upload a file named “.htaccess” to the root of your domain’s public directory with the following content to redirect users to the protected area of your website:

No matter what URL is requested, this will automatically redirect users to the safe portion of your website.

Need to install a Comodo SSL in GoDaddy cPanel? We’ve got you covered

Comodo CA is a large certificate authority that is powered by Sectigo. GoDaddy is a well-known hosting and web-solutions company. You’re probably already aware with both entities if you’re reading an article about how to install a Comodo SSL certificate on GoDaddy. So, without further ado, here’s how to use GoDaddy to install a Comodo SSL certificate.

In just 12 steps, you’ll be able to install Comodo SSL on your GoDaddy account.

  • Log in to your GoDaddy account. We shouldn’t have to say that, but given that this is the internet, it would be foolish to think that everyone isn’t a stupid.
  • Select cPanel admin from the drop-down menu.
  • Select SSL/TLS from the Security drop-down menu.

godaddy cpanel comodo ssl installation

  • Install the Comodo SSL certificate in your GoDaddy cPanel.
  • Click Generate, View, Upload, or Delete SSL Certificates under Certificates.
  • Select the certificate you wish to upload in the Upload certificates section and click Upload Certificate.
  • Go back to the previous page by clicking Go Back on the next page.
  • At the bottom of the following page, click Return to SSL Manager.
  • Click Manage SSL Sites under Install and Manage SSL for your site.
  • Select Browse Certificates under Install an SSL website.

install comodo ssl in godaddy cpanel

  • Click Use Certificate after selecting the Comodo SSL certificate you’re installing.
  • Install the certificate by clicking the Install button.
  • Click the OK button.Congratulations, your Comodo SSL certificate has been successfully installed on GoDaddy.

Final Thoughts

Not only have you secured your website with an SSL certificate, but you’ve also saved $70.00 a year by not paying GoDaddy for something that is completely free!

We hope you found this instruction on installing an SSL certificate on your website to be useful. While this video was written specifically for GoDaddy, you may use this procedure to install an SSL certificate on any cPanel-based server.

It’s foolish to pay for an SSL certificate when you can get one for free. Let’s Encrypt is the industry standard, and it works great for us. It’s also quite simple to set up.

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