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Hosting a website using port 443 SSL CA using Wampserver 2 How to:

Hi all,

i have a WebSite that will be uploaded to Windows Server 2003, that use Wampserver 2.

I need to use port 443 SSL and I need to know step by step ho to do everyhting, I need a cheap CA solution because this is hobby WebSite

I have already the domain name

Regards,

Davide
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Steve BinkCommented:
What exactly do need to know how to do?

A certificate is going to cost money.  The most economical route would be to use shared SSL with whichever host you pick.  Of course, it is a hobby site, and you have no need for the public implications, you could use a self-signed certificate.

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daveviolanteAuthor Commented:
Hi

It is an hobby but might become a semiprofessional Web Shop.

I need to sell computers component, provide forums, write blogs, provide IT info such Documents of how to, and so on.

1) how much will cost host a Web Shop with CA? What is the procedure, I know more or less how to built the WebSite with some pre-made tools but I am lacking on info on how to host a Web Site using SSL port 443.

The idea of using self signed certificate isn't bad maybe I could re-direct OWA access on port 443 using self signed certificate and the Web Shop can then be hosted on port 80 without any trouble.

I cannot use any other port other than 80 or 443

Regards

Davide
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Steve BinkCommented:
>>> I cannot use any other port other than 80 or 443

Those are the standards.  Realistically, you can use any ports you want, but I would not recommend anything but those two.

>>> I need to sell computers component,

This is why you need the certificate.  For clarification, you don't need a CA, which issues certificates.

>>> The idea of using self signed certificate isn't bad

That depends on your needs.  A self-signed certificate will generate a browser warning on the client side.  That could scare potential customers away from a retail store.

>>> how much will cost host a Web Shop with CA?  What is the procedure,

The costs will vary depending on the host you choose.  Some offer shared SSL as part of their packages.  Some offer as an add-on to an existing package.  Some don't have shared SSL at all, which means purchasing your own certificate.  The procedures, likewise, will differ between hosts.   The general procedure is you generate a private key for your server, which must remain private at all costs (i.e., *NO ONE* gets it but you).  You use that key to generate a certificate request for your particular domain.  You send this request to a signing authority, which will validate the request.  You will likely need a standard email address to complete the validation, such as postmaster@yourdomain.com or hostmaster@yourdomain.com.  Once the validation is complete, the CA sends you the certificate, which you install on the server to complete the request.  All of these items are text files.
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