You can install your SSL within your cPanel (Control Panel) account. To access the Control Panel go to https://cp1.vcgwebsitecp.com:2083 and use your login information. If you're unsure of your Control Panel login information, please reach out to your support team at VCGSupport@VCGCorporate.com.
Once logged into your control panel:
- Click on the SSL/TLS link within the Security section.
- Click on the Generate, view, or delete SSL certificate signing requests link within the Certificate Signing Request (CSR) section.
- Within the Key drop-down, select Generate a new 2,048 bit key.
- Within the Domains field, write your domain name (example.com). You may use a wildcard domain by adding an asterisk in a domain name in the form: *.example.com. Note: Many CAs charge a higher price to issue multiple-domain certificates and certificates that include wildcard domains.
- Type in the city your address is associated with within the City field.
- Type in the state your address is associated with within the State field.
- Select the country your address is associated with within the Country field.
- Type in the name of your company within the Company field.
- If you're under a division of your company, you can type the division within the Company Division field.
- Within the Email field, you must use the email that is associated with the account you've purchased the domain name with.
- Passphrase: Some certificate authorities may require CSRs to have a passphrase. You will share this passphrase with a third party, therefore we suggest to not use an important password here.
- You can leave the Description field blank or type up a short description of what this SSL is for.
- Click the Generate button at the bottom.
- You will now be presented with a confirmation screen that states: The Certificate Signing Request for "example.com” has been generated and saved in your user directory. To purchase a trusted certificate, you must copy the Encoded Certificate Signing Request below and send it to the Certificate Authority. Follow the instructions provided by your Certificate Authority.
Then, you'll need to purchase the certificate from a Certificate Authority. The following are links to third-party providers (not affiliated with VCG) who may be able to assist you:
There are a few different certificate "types" or "levels" to choose from. You may want to ask your SSL provider for more clarification if need be. Here's a brief explanation of the different levels:
- Domain Verified (DV) - Typically speaking this is the most simplistic and quickest certificate. The certificate supplier will send an email to the Registrant for the domain, and then, once verified by the Registrant and the necessary information is provided to VCG, the certificate will be uploaded to the website within 1 -2 business days (this is the method VCG suggests for validation).
- Organization Verified (OV) - Additional information will need to be provided by you to the supplier to ensure you are, in fact, the owner of the domain name. This process can take days to verify.
- Extended Verified (EV) - The supplier will need extensive information from you to verify that you are, in fact, the owner of the domain name. This process can also take days to verify.
Once the Certificate is approved by your SSL provider, you will receive your digital certificates from them.
- Navigate back to the SSL/TLS section in your control panel (once logged in, click on the SSL/TLS link within the Security section).
- Click on the Manage SSL sites link within the Install and Manage SSL for your site (HTTPS) section.
- Select your domain from the Domain drop-down.
- Open the digital certificates you've received within a text editor (notepad, word, etc), and paste the corresponding information within the following fields:
- Certificate: (CRT)
- Private Key: (KEY)
- Certificate Authority Bundle: (CABUNDLE)
Note: If you would prefer to send the digital certificates to us to install them for you, please make your request to VCGSupport@VCGCorporate.com. IMPORTANT: Simply email us a request for a drop-link for you to send the certificate to first. If you email the certificate file straight to our support email, it's likely our ticketing system will deny the email without notifying your support team at VCG.