An SSL Certificate provides a secure encrypted connection between a website and a visitor's browser. This security ensures that information users enter on your site (such as their username and password) remains private and secure. It also protects your users from hackers, identify thieves, and other threats, and adds to the credibility of your website.
The basic steps for obtaining, installing, and enabling an SSL certificate are described below.
- Obtain an SSL Certificate
Prior to obtaining a certificate, you must generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR). How you generate a CSR depends on which version of Microsoft's IIS is installed on your server (provided by GoDaddy Web Hosting). For instructions, see one of the following articles:
After you have generated the CSR, you can purchase an SSL Certificate. There are several SSL providers, but DDI recommends GoDaddy®.
- Install the SSL Certificate
After you have obtained your SSL Certificate, you must install it on your server via IIS. How you install the SSL depends on which version of Microsoft IIS is installed on your server:
Note: The above instructions pertain to SSL Certificates purchased from GoDaddy. Other providers may use a similar procedure. Be sure to verify the process with your provider before installing.
- Enable the SSL Certificate
When you complete the installation, your website must be configured to use the SSL Certificate. For assistance, please contact DDI Customer Care.