Discover how to purchase an SSL certificate from a certificate authority.
- [Instructor] In the previous movie, we learned how to create a certificate signing request. Once we have that, we're ready to go to a certificate authority to sign up for an SSL certificate. You'll remember earlier, I gave you a list of some of the different paid certificate authorities. This is that same list again, and I'm showing them to you in roughly the order of their market share, so based roughly on the number of certificates that each one of these companies provides. I haven't used any of them, so I don't have a favorite to recommend to you. They're all going to offer slightly different features and at slightly different prices, so shop around.
What's common about all of them is that you're going to have to choose the domain scope, that's whether you want to have it just for a single domain or a wild card domain or multi-domain, and you're gonna choose the validation level, whether it's domain validated, organization validated, or extended validation, and you may also be asked to choose the time period. Do you want a certificate that's good for one year or for two, and some companies may offer you a discount for signing up for multiple years. Then you'll provide your contact and your billing information, and eventually, you'll be asked to upload that certificate signing request file that we created in the last movie.
After that, they'll tell you what steps you need to follow in order to get validated. It may be that there's an email that comes into your inbox that you need to respond to or they may call you up to get you validated. Eventually, once you've been validated, they'll send you a link so that you can download your certificate file. That will be your SSL certificate that's ready for you to install on your website.
- What are SSL certificates?
- Choosing a certificate
- Installing a certificate
- Configuring a web server to require HTTPS
- Using HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS)
- Renewing certificates