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Install 3rd-party Cert on hosted website

Posted on 2010-09-16
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I have a domain hosted on 1and1.  I control the Domain through a control panel and have FTP access to the server to load my website.  If I purchase an SSL certificate from a 3rd-party (e.g. GoDaddy), is it possible for me to install that certificate for my website, or do I need someone at 1and1 to install it for me?
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You should be able ot install it yourself but you'll need to play about with the .htaccess file in the root of your website to do it. If the file isn't there already you'll need to create it.
Also you need to upload your .key and .crt files somewhere (not publically accessible) on your hosted server and know the full path to them. If you don;t know the full path simply create a php file somewhere on your server and put the following in it.
<?php
phpinfo();
?>
That will give you the document path.
Then put the following in the .htaccess file.
SSLEngine on
SSLCertificateFile <Full path to your .crt (certificate) file>
SSLCertificateKeyFile <Full path to your .key file>
 
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Tech support at 1and1 says 3rd-party certs are "not allowed".  Apparently I will have to test to know if they are blowing smoke or not...
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