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            How to order an SSL Certificate

            Getting your domain protected means purchasing and installing an SSL Certificate.

            Decide which SSL Cert is right for you

            To get started, you need to decide what type of SSL Certificate is right for your business.

            EnCirca recommends Extended Validation Certificates. EV Certificates are superior because:

            • the validation is more extensive
            • the customer will see that extra security in the form of a "green bar" that tells them the site is secure

            In order to fully meet your needs, we also offer the following different types of certificates:

            • Standard SSL Certificates - require the certificate issuer to independently verify the information concerning the applicant's business.
            • Extended Validated (EV) Certificates - the applicant's business credentials are validated more extensively to help ensure that the applicant isn't a phisher, spoofer, or other type of online criminal.
            • Wildcard Certificates - protect multiple options of the same base domain (i.e. and
            • SAN Certificates - protect multiple, different domains (i.e. and

            1. Purchase an SSL Certificate

            • Go to

            • Click on "Order Services" where you will see a variety of SSL options

            • Pick the cert you want, add to cart & fill out info

            • Once you have ordered the SSL, you will receive a confirmation email about next steps

            • The confirmation email will contain a link to go to

            2. Validate Your Information with a CSR

            A CSR or Certificate Signing request is a block of encrypted text that is generated on the server that the certificate will be used on. It contains information that will be included in your certificate such as your organization name, common name (domain name), locality, and country. You may need to request this from your hosting service. 

            If your hosting provider can't provide a CSR, you can generate one here:
            When you generate a CSR this way, you will receive two files:  the CSR and a Private Key.  Keep both files for your records.  The private key must be installed on the server along with the SSL certificate in order for it to work

            3. Generate your SSL Certificate

            1. Once you have ordered the SSL, you will receive a confirmation email about next steps

            2. The confirmation email will contain a link to go to

            3. Once you log in, you will be taken to a screen with info to:

              • Add your csr

              • Choose your server

              • Choose either SHA2 or SHA2-FULL-CHAN protection

              • Add your information

            4. Install your SSL Certificate
            1. After the verification process is completed, you should receive your SSL Certificate by email. 
            2. If the cert is an EV or OV, you may get a phone call to verify the information you’ve provided. You will then get your cert via email.
            3. This cert (along with a private key if you got one) should be given to your hosting provider to install and check. You may also be given a logo to place on your site to verify its security.

            Updated: 01 Nov 2019 06:23 AM
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