What do I need from DreamHost before purchasing a third-party SSL certificate?

You can purchase a certificate directly from a Certificate Authority (CA) and install it in to your DreamHost panel. To do this, you’ll need a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) which can be found in your panel.

The following steps explain how to obtain this CSR in your panel:

  1. Review the Adding Secure Hosting (self-signed certificate) article to add Secure Hosting and a self-signed certificate to your domain.
  2. Go to the (Panel > 'Domains' > 'Manage Domains') page.
    The 'Manage Domains' page opens.
  3. To the right of your domain, click on the Certificate Active link.
  4. When the 'Secure Hosting' page opens, click the 'Import SSL' radio button to expose the current certificate information.
    There are several large text fields on this page:
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  5. COPY (do NOT cut) the text from the Certificate Signing Request field box.
  6. Paste the text into the order form from whichever Certificate Authority you'd like to purchase your signed SSL certificate.

When purchasing a signed SSL certificate, you must specify the server type:

  • To use the SSL certificate on DreamHost's servers, specify the server type as: Apache 2.X w/MOD_SSL
  • Once you successfully complete your purchase, the CA sends you the signed SSL certificate; you can then replace the self-signed SSL certificate with this signed SSL certificate in your panel.
  • For more information, see the Installing a Sign Certificate you've already purchased article.

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