Adding an SSL certificate
What is an SSL certificate?
SSL сertificates are small data files that connect a key to an organization’s details. When installed on a web server, it activates the lock and the https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser.
Why it is important to have your domain secure?
– Encrypts sensitive information
– Provides authentication
– Provides trust
Among the disadvantages, we need to mention the additional cost.
Our default service tracking links come with HTTPS support.
1. First, you need to buy a certificate (choose any certificate provider you like the most: for example, gogetssl.com).
Within the procedure, you will be asked to generate a CSR (certificate signing request) and a secret key (cannot be restored later so make sure to save it): it can be either provided by your hosting company or you can do it on your own (check for the ‘generate CSR code’ in Google and you will definitely find the relevant answer).
After that, you will be provided with the certificate files you will need to install on your side.
2. Open the Domains section (Tools -> Domains) in your RedTrack account and paste your SSL Certificates (the main first, then the others, if you have any (including ‘—–BEGIN CERTIFICATE—–‘ and ‘—–END CERTIFICATE—–‘ markers) using any text editor (for example Notepad or TextEdit).
When your certificate provider sends you the certificate, there can be 2 files:
Or 3 files:
One of them is called Security Certificate (your.domain.crt – the main one and should be put first), the other ones are bundle files. The bundle can be split into several files and that is the reason some providers give you 2 or 3 files.
Note: you will not be able to open those files by clicking on them as the file format is different. Use right-click -> Open with -> any text editor you use (for example Notepad or TextEdit)
You need to add ALL of the files in the certificate field. Simply put them to that field one by one in the order pictured above:
The files order is the following:
your.domain.crt always goes first
USERTrust RSA is the last one
In the examples we have above the adding order will be the following:
3. After that add your private key and save the changes. It will take around 30 minutes for the certificate to become active.
Tip: SSLShopper is providing a great tool for checking if a private key matches a Certificate. Feel free to click here and try it out if you have difficulties with adding your Certificate to RedTrack.