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For cPanel & WHM version 60

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Overview

When you set up an SSL certificate for your site, you must first add a private key. This interface allows you to perform any of the following actions:

  • Generate a new private key.
  • Upload an existing private key.
  • Edit a current private key.
  • Remove a current private key. 

You can generate a new key or upload an existing key through a *.key file. 

Important:

  • We strongly recommend that you save a copy of your private key in a safe location. You cannot recover a lost private key.
  • We strongly recommend that you use SSL certificates if your visitors submit sensitive information to your website.

Generate a New Private Key

To generate a private key, perform the following steps:

  1. Select the desired key size from the Key Size menu.
  2. In the Description text box, enter a brief description about this private key.

    Note:

    This step is optional.

  3. Click Generate. A new interface will appear that displays the requested key in an encoded and decoded format.
  4. Copy the desired key.
  5. Click Return to Private Keys. The new key displays in the Keys on Server table.
  6. Follow the directions under the Upload a New Key heading to upload the key to the server.

Upload a New Private Key

Perform either of the following actions to upload a private key:

  • Paste the key in the text box.
  • Browse for the key.

 

Paste a private key

To paste a private key, perform the following steps:

  1. Paste a key in the Paste the key below text box.
  2. In the Description text box, enter a brief description about this private key.

    Note:

    This step is optional.

  3. Click Save to upload your private key. A new interface will appear that displays a success or failure message.

Browse for a private key

To browse for a private key, perform the following steps:

  1. Click Choose File to upload a *.key file.
  2. In the Description text box, enter a brief description for this private key.

    Note:

    This step is optional.

  3. Click Upload. A new interface will appear that displays a success or failure message.

Delete a private key

To delete a private key, perform the following steps:

  1. Under the Keys on Server heading, click Delete in the Actions column next to the key that you wish to remove. The system will redirect you to the Delete Private Key interface.
  2. Click Delete Key. A success or failure message will display.

Edit and view details about a private key

To edit a key's description or view a key, perform the following steps:

  1. Under the Keys on Server heading, click View & Edit in the Actions column next to the key that you wish to edit. A new interface will appear that displays the description, the encoded private key, and the decoded private key.
  2. Edit the Description text box.
  3. Click Update. A success or failure message will display next to the Description text box.