How to install an SSL certificate on Plesk Panel

2020-10-28 By Aaron 94 Views linux windows ssl plesk security
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When it comes to security these days, an SSL certificate is necessary. Before proceeding with the SSL installation on Plesk server, you must purchase a certificate from any Certificate Authority. In order to purchase a certificate, need to give Certificate Signing request (CSR) to the Certificate Authority. It contains the information about organization's name, domain name, and the location. This information is used to verify and create the SSL certificate.


Once the SSL certificate files received from the Certificate Authority as the zip file, Unzip the files and copy them locally where need to keep.


This article will guide you how to generate the CSR required for purchasing SSL certificate from Plesk panel as well as installing the SSL certificate on your Plesk server.


Create "Certificate Signing request (CSR)" from Plesk Panel

In order to purchase a certificate, need to give Certificate Signing request (CSR) to the Certificate Authority. It contains the information about organization's name, domain name, and the location. This information is used to verify and create the SSL certificate.


  1. Log in to the Plesk account using the below link and select Websites & Domains option from the left-hand menu.

    https://IPAddress:8443/

  2. Choose the domain in which you need to create the CSR and click on the SSL/TLS Certificates option.

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  3. Click on Add SSL/TLS Certificate button.

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  4. Enter the requested details in the form to generate a request for a certificate and then click on the Request button.

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  5. Once the CSR created, you will see a notification and you can see the CSR Part supplied message if you hover your mouse cursor on the CSR icon and also you can download it from the down arrow button on right side. All are mentioned in the below image.

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  6. Now you can use this CSR (Certificate Signing request) to purchase a certificate


Start to install "SSL certificate" on Plesk Panel

Once the SSL certificate has been purchased, the below steps can be used to install the certificate through Plesk panel.


  1. Log in to the Plesk account using the below link and select Websites & Domains option from the left-hand menu.

    https://IPAddress:8443/

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  2. Choose the domain in which you need to install SSL Certificate and click on the SSL/TLS Certificates option.

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The SSL certificate can now be installed in three differnet methods, based on the form of availability of the certificate components (certificate and private key).


Option A

  1. If your SSL certificate is stored in a single .crt file, then browse the certificate and click on Upload Certificate.

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Option B

  1. If your SSL certificate is stored in a both .key (Private Key file) and .crt (Certificate file) files, then browse the files and click on Add SSL/TLS Certificate button.

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  2. Now upload the certificate files under the Upload the certificate files section and click Upload Certificate once uploaded.

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Option C

  1. If your SSL certificate is stored as a text, then browse the files and click on Add SSL/TLS Certificate button and paste the certificate and the private key parts into the corresponding fields under the Upload the certificate as text section.

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Continue the remaining steps for installing SSL certificate


  1. Once you have added the certificate with any of the options mentioned above, you will see a notification like the one in the image below.

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  2. Once the certificate is added, select Websites & Domains option from the left-hand menu and go under the website in which you added the SSL certificates.

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  3. Now click on the Hosting Settings option to enable SSL support.

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  4. Now tick on the box near the SSL/TLS support option to enable SSL support and select your added SSL certificate from the certificate drop down, then click OK button.

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