If you are testing your site, you can create a self-signed certificate and install it on
your web server.
This will provide data encryption; but it is not recommended for a live site. Your
customers browsers will show warning messages telling that your certificate is
not issued by a recognized authority. Thus, using self-signed certificates is not
recommended as it will not instill confidence in customers, and is likely to
adversely affect your online sales.
To secure your site with a self-signed SSL certificate:
- On your Home page, click the domain name you need.
- Click Certificates in the Additional Tools group. A list of SSL certificates that
you have in your repository will be displayed.
- Click Add New Certificate.
- Specify the certificate properties:
Click Self-Signed. Your certificate will be generated and stored in the
Return to your domain's administration screen (Home > domain name) and
click Setup in the Hosting group.
Select the self-signed SSL certificate from the Certificate drop-down box. If
there is no Certificate drop-down box on the screen, this means that you are on a
shared hosting account; therefore, you need to upgrade your hosting package and
purchase a dedicated IP address from your hosting provider.
Select the SSL support check box and click OK.
- Certificate name. This will help you identify this certificate in the repository.
- Encryption level. Choose the encryption level of your SSL certificate. We
recommend that you choose a value more than 1024 bit.
- Specify your location and organization name. The values you enter should not
exceed the length of 64 symbols.
- Specify the domain name for which you wish to generate an SSL certificate.
For example: www.your-domain.com.
- Enter the domain owner's e-mail address.