Installing your SSL Certificate can be summarised into below 5 steps
Decide on your preferred SSL Product
Determine if you just need a quick and basic SSL or much trusted verification. This will depended if you need just a domain verified SSL or a more trusted Organisation Vetted to the most secured Extended Validated SSL, then make your purchase and complete the ordering process.
Creating your Certificate Signing Request (CSR)
A Certificate Signing Request (usually referred to as a CSR) is a block of encrypted text file generated on a Web Server that the SSL Certificate will be installed on – the server hosting the domain name or hostname contained within the Certificate. The CSR contains information included within the Certificate, typically Organization Name, Common Name (domain name), Locality and Country.
The CSR will be passed to the Certificate Authority during the Certificate application process, parsed and the information it contained is vetted in accordance with the type of Certificate being applied for. At the time the server creates the CSR a private key is also created. This is cryptographically “married” to the CSR (and hence the issued Certificate), meaning that if the private key is lost before the Certificate is installed, a new CSR will need to be generated.
Time to be Vetted
Depending on your selection of SSL, time need for vetting differ from few minutes to few days. A domain verified SSL required only a few minutes, while Organisation and Extended validated SSL will subject to a few days depending on your submission of required documents.
Installing your SSL Certificate
Once the Certificate has been issued it needs to be installed on to the server. Installing is usually straight forward but the method of installation will differ for each type of server software. Full instructions for all servers are available below based on your SSL Brand:
Install your Secure Site Seal (if any)
The final stage of using SSL is to install the trust enhancing Secure Site Seal. You can install the SSL Secure Site Seal by adding a simple script into your web pages. We recommend you place the Secure Site Seal on any pages being secured by your SSL Certificate. For your convenience you can select different sizes and file types (static gif images or animated Flash seals).