How to create a CSR and install a SSL Certificate in WHM

As a Reseller, you can manage SSL‘s for your customers, in this guide I will show you how to Generate a CSR, Install an SSL, and Install a Self Signed SSL.

Generate a CSR(Signing Request), Certificate, and Key:

  1. Login to WHM
  2. Click SSL/TLS on the left navigation menu, then the Generate an SSL Certificate and Signing Request Generate an SSL Certificate and Signing Request button.
  3. Fill in the information for the SSL you are requesting, then click the Create button.
  4. You will then seeSigning Request, Certificate, and Key fields. Copy the text in the fields, as needed. When you request an SSL, provide the Signing Request as your CSR. It will look similar to this:
    MIIDBDCCAewCAQAwgaIxCzAJBgNVBAYTAlVTMQswCQYDVQQIDAJ2YTEXMBUGA1UE BwwOVklSR0lOSUEgQkVBQ0gxEzARBgNVBAoMCm15IGNvbXBhbnkxGzAZBgNVBAsM EmFjY291bnRzICBiaWxsYWJsZTEUMBIGA1UEAwwLZXhhbXBsZS5jb20xJTAjBgkq hkiG9w0BCQEWFmpvaG5wYXVsYmltaEBnbWFpbC5jb20wggEiMA0GCSqGSIb3DQEB AQUAA4IBDwAwggEKAoIBAQC71pAAJ+R2pFahbxNba2amArYf2sihhlJY7JCTO5Cr S+CcHH7SoWfdasf sedfasffdGButpAgFLYzbMtmP2nT0M0wfPvCwA0eyheli24wn3bM2e oxxN78CUNUfWZZUfGh3ppq0XJpnu7dncSzomQuSH5BAxi+riK76oA9nNkTY/3aUG DOcKZmkEYuZaNeA9EAew7R04TM5YW2WReecrHQ1Ay0AtRvbtQBlQNNNnrfZlakob Yk0OBleS+8Sf5tXl7et13BKNEYfhY8Xj5Ag5xxSdrWoT46L2RzmtSvV1gc946Kcl 0N7tZe3ydTCeA8kcMG4gpz5W7y6JePjOV5bk8qPBIIjRAgMBAAGgHDAaBgkqhkiG 9w0BCQcxDQwLR2V0MW5Nb3Rpb24wDQYJKoZIhvcNAQEFBQADggEBACU/ZpVJPvqG jiri+Gtov2Hi1Kqd7NE+RjHUL3eZvd/EoZGRFu871ZcFiMQLxSwdP3ssrHF6aQRW 9MrVd1/k2M5qzmxf3Vd/bklWMYOhsniW8aG778893IAdqXIF+iZAeX95543kb5qQ Ji0yw0fcBZb6wAroMqAtDPWNySK6DF/hOSNvLZ7BsUdsKq5R5NzYrUKnzB4m/dnF /2gFm5apPdXJvmXbuNGVFZ3VBi40mafWwJ0kjMVqNgCE0qr97W0bBHCHCZ5vYQZz JOvexPVsrJQUYHcTe0REk73XUAHtgIhpxUQ8uZrLQXUHoRcDiharJgTal9YQnPZc 78TaTKV0NtU= —–END CERTIFICATE REQUEST—–

    If you are going to install a Self-Signed Certificate, copy the Certificate, and Key fields.

Purchasing / Obtaining a SSL Certificate

Before we can get to the final step of actually installing the SSL Certificate, we must first obtain a copy of it (it’s a text files, not an actual paper certificate)

Self Signed Certificates

If you are installing a Self Signed SSL Certificate, then you already have the certificate as you created it in the steps above.

Dedicated SSL Certificates

If you are purchasing the SSL certificate (either from InMotion Hosting or a 3rd party), you will generally be emailed the SSL Certificate shortly after you buy it.

Installing an SSL:

After you have a copy of your SSL Certificate, you can now install it within your WHM by following the steps below:

  1. Login to WHM
  2. Click SSL/TLS in the left navigation menu, then click the Install an SSL Certificate and Setup the Domain button.
  3. ***Important – In the Domain section, Browse and select the domain you are installing the certificate for, leaving the IP field on Auto-discover.

    choosing domain

  4. There are 3 fields available, fill them in as needed and click the Submit button when you are done. Below is a brief description on the fields:
    crtCopy and paste the contents of the .crt file, or the Certificate info from the previous section (if you are installing a self-signed certificate).
    keyCopy and paste the contents of the .key file, or the Key info from the previous section (if you are installing a self-signed certificate).
    ca bundleCopy and paste the contents of the ca bundle, this would be provided when you purchase an SSL. You will not have one if it is self-signed.

Congratulations, now you know how to manage SSL certificates for your Reseller account!

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John-Paul Briones

John-Paul is an Electronics Engineer that spent most of his career in IT. He has been a Technical Writer for InMotion since 2013.

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Thoughts on “How to create a CSR and install a SSL Certificate in WHM

  • Ya, I got it to work. It is confusing because when I look up the definition of a “FQDN” it always says it has “two dots” and “includes the hostname” and the examples are always something like:

    With a dot after hostname and another dot before the “com.” 

    I figured I did not need the hostname and gave it a try and it worked. I just wish the information was not so conflicting. I spent an hour trying to figure out I just had to enter my domain name without “https://” because the instructions in WHM don’t make it clear. (I know that is not your fault)

  • Nowhere am I able to find out what the FQDN is. It is very strange that your instructions just say “fill out the form”. But no information about the correct things to put into the form. Do I need to put the VPS number assigned to my account before I put my clients domain name? 

    like this ??

    • Hello Jesse,

      The FQDN = Fully Qualified Domain Name. This is the domain name used for the SSL certificate.It does not include the VPS number which is not part of the domain name. SSL Certificates are based on the domain name that you provide when you purchased it. If you’re unable to find your FQDN, then you need to go back to where you purchased your certificate and look for the domain name you used for the certificate.

      I hope this helps to answer your question, please let us know if you require any further assistance.

      Arnel C.

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