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Knowledge Base:  Hosting - Site Management System Plesk 9.x:  Creating and Installing Free Self-signed SSL Certificate
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:
  1. On your Home page, click the domain name you need.
  2. Click Certificates in the Additional Tools group. A list of SSL certificates that you have in your repository will be displayed.
  3. Click Add New Certificate.
  4. Specify the certificate properties:
    • 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:
    • Enter the domain owner's e-mail address.
  5. Click Self-Signed. Your certificate will be generated and stored in the repository.
  6. Return to your domain's administration screen (Home > domain name) and click Setup in the Hosting group.
  7. 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.
  8. Select the SSL support check box and click OK.
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