What Is a CSR?

A certificate signing request (CSR) is an encoded message that contains a public key and other relevant information such as your common name, locality and SAN entries (if applicable). Once all of the desired information has been entered during the CSR generation process, the request is digitally signed using a corresponding private key. The information found within … Continued

What Is a "Fully Qualified Domain Name"?

A  Fully Qualified Domain Name (or FQDN) is a complete and unambiguous domain name that specifies an exact location for an object in a Domain Name System (DNS) hierarchy. It specifies all domain levels, including the top-level domain and the root zone. Most domain names as used in the internet’s Uniform Resource Locators (or URL) are only partially qualified … Continued

What Do I Do If I’ve Lost My Private Key?

“I’ve lost my private key!” The private key for your SSL.com certificate is important, sure – but losing it is far from the end of the world. So relax. You’re going to be fine – since SSL.com can reissue any certificate you’ve purchased from us, at any time during the purchased term of that certificate, as a … Continued

Manually Generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) Using OpenSSL

This article will show you how to manually generate a Certificate Signing Request (or CSR) in the Apache web hosting environment using OpenSSL. What is OpenSSL? OpenSSL is an open-source implementation of SSL/TLS used on approximately two-thirds of servers on the internet. Although many other methods exist to perform these steps on an Apache server, … Continued

Your SSL.com Account – Submitting a CSR

  Creating any SSL certificate requires a unique Certificate Signing Request (CSR). This article will show you how to submit a CSR and provide the other information needed to create your certificate.

Generate a CSR in IIS 5 Or 6

This article will show you how to generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) in Microsoft’s Internet Information Server (IIS) 6. (The same steps will work if you are using IIS 5.) Note that you may need to create a new website before generating your CSR.