How to Set up a Domain Website Certificate for HTTPS Access

HTTPS For Domain Websites

Google encourages websites to switch from using the old HTTP protocol to using the secure HTTPS. Google ranks an HTTPS site higher in search results than a similar HTTP site. In late July 2018 Google’s Chrome browser started marking pages obtained via HTTP as not secure, and will become more forceful about the marking through the rest of 2018 and beyond. Eventually, HTTPS sites will be considered normal and not marked with the familiar padlock and HTTP sites will receive increasingly strident warnings.

How To Change an HTTP to an HTTPS Website

Note that OlympusNet Support will set up a certificate for you or help you with any part of the setup per the fee published in Services/Pricing at SSL Certificate Setup

OlympusNet’s upstream hosting provider for domain websites published the following information on setting up a certificate for HTTPS access: Setting up an SSL Certificate. We will use the domain example.com to show how to set up an SSL Certificate.

Steps to setup an SSL certificate:

  1. Choose a Certificate Authority from the list of five candidates shown in the previous link. That Certificate Authority issues the certificate that you’ll post on your website.
  2. The Certificate Authority will send email to you during the certificate generation process. It’s helpful to set up an email alias such as admin@example.com in your domain’s email which the Certificate Authority can use to send you email. You may set up that alias now or during the generation of your certificate. The name.com Certificate Authority offers admin@example.com as one of its choices.
  3. The following steps generate the Certificate Signing Request or CSR which the Certificate Authority uses to generate your certificate. The CSR is text which you will paste into a window to submit to the Certificate Authority. The CSR is generated in your OlympusNet Domain Administration Control Panel. That Control Panel is accessed from the OlympusNet top page under Home/Domain Admin Login.
    1. Log into your Domain Control Panel
    2. Select Advanced Tools
    3. In Browse All Apps/Utilities, launch the SSL Manager
    4. If you don’t see the SSL Manager, contact OlympusNet Support.
    5. In the SSL Manager, Select Vanity SSL
    6. The page that opens is titled CSR Generated
    7. Copy into a text file on your desktop the CSR text starting with and including —–BEGIN CERTIFICATE REQUEST—– and ending with and including —–END CERTIFICATE REQUEST—–. Alternatively, leave the window containing the CSR open on your desktop so that you can copy the CSR text later.
    8. The next step is to paste your CSR into the appropriate window in your Certificate Authority’s website.
      1. If you’ve selected name.com as your Certificate Authority, purchase the Comodo Essential SSL. Do that by following the instructions in
        https://www.name.com/support/articles/205190838-Setting-up-an-SSL-certificate-that-is-not-hosted-by-Name-com
      2. The ‘subdomain’ will be www.example.com and the domain name will be example.com.
      3. In step 7 paste your CSR into the appropriate window.
      4. In step 10, the Technical Contact/Approver Email Address will be the email alias admin@example.com.
      5. The Certificate Authority will send an email asking you to validate domain ownership and will instruct you on accessing your SSL Certificate.
  4. Now that you have your SSL Certificate, in your saved SSL Manager page titled CSR Generated, select Next, select the text starting with and including —–BEGIN CERTIFICATE—– through and including —–END CERTIFICATE—–. Paste it into the open window in the SSL Manager whose title is Upload Certificate. Click Next.
  5. Once the certificate has been put into place on the servers, SSL Manager shows a page reporting that the certificate is in place. Click the Finish button.
  6. Next update your DNS to point to the secure server address.
    1. The SSL Manager will now display Installed. DNS Update Required
    2. In that same window, find the IP address under the line Your IP address is:
    3. In the DNS Manager / Edit Zone File, paste that IP address into the Value column in the top entry that is nameless as well as the www and ftp Value columns, then press Next.
    4. It may take up to 24 hours for that DNS address to become effective.
      1. You may see how many seonds it will take before the DNS becomes effective by opening a terminal window and running ‘dig example.com’
      2. For example, example.com. 10792 IN A 216.251.38.126 ….. shows that the DNS will become effective in 10792 seconds.
  7. Verify that your site now works with https://example.com. Once you know your site works, change the references to your site in advertising and on social media from http to https. Set up reminders that will provide advanced warning of the impending expiration of the certificate, as it will be up to you to renew. The certificate authority will remind you prior to the expiration of the certificate.