WebRTC Expert Feature

January 23, 2023

How to Reissue an SSL/TLS Certificate on Your Website

Reissuing an SSL/TLS Certificate can be a complicated and time-consuming process. You can manage digital certificates with Keyfactor or other brands that offer this service for efficiency. Still, if you want to know how to do it on your own, this article will discuss the importance of reissuing an SSL/TLS certificate on your website and the necessary steps.

Why is the Reissuance of your Website's SSL/TLS Certificate Important?

Having an SSL/TLS certificate on your website is incredibly important. Not only will it protect the data of your visitors by encrypting it, but it will also provide a secure connection between the server and the user accessing your website.

Having an SSL/TLS certificate is also essential for maintaining trust with your customers and establishing yourself as an authority in the industry. With an SSL/TLS certificate, you can be sure that any communication or interaction between your visitors, customers, and employees is private and secure, as it prevents any third party from accessing sensitive data.

SSL/TLS certificates provide safety for visitors to your website and database protection for valuable customer data like credit card numbers or social security numbers. The result is peace of mind for you and your customers that all their information is safe and secure.

Step 1: Create a New CSR (Certificate Signing Request)

The first step in reissuing an SSL/TLS certificate is to generate a new Certificate Signing Request (CSR). A CSR is a block of encrypted text from the server hosting your website. It contains essential information about the company and domain name for which the certificate will be issued, as well as the server's public key. To create a CSR, you must have access to either the web host’s control panel or command line interface (CLI). Most hosting companies provide instructions on how to do this on their websites.

Step 2: Submit Your CSR to Your Certificate Authority

Once you've created your CSR, you must submit it to your Certificate Authority (CA). The CA will issue a new SSL/TLS certificate for your domain. After submitting your CSR, you'll need to wait for the CA to process and approve it before issuing the certificate. CAs require additional information from you, so be prepared for this step.                                                                                                                                                           Step 3: Install Your New Certificate on Your Server

Once your CA approves, they will send out a new SSL/TLS certificate in an email or via their customer portal. It should include instructions on how to install it on your server. If not included in that email or portal page, consult either the support team of your hosting provider or whoever manages servers at your organization for help with installation instructions specific to their setup.

Step 4: Verify Installation is Properly Completed

After installing the new certificate on your server, you must verify that you did everything correctly. Use tools like Qualys SSL Labs or Digicert's OCSP Checker Tool to check for any errors during installation. These tools can also alert you if any issues arise after installation that need addressing before visitors can connect securely with your site.

Step 5: Update Links & Redirects

Once everything has been correctly installed and verified, you must update all links pointing back toward pages running over HTTPS accordingly. This way, visitors don't encounter any errors when visiting those pages directly from search engines or other web sources.

Final Thoughts

Reissuing an SSL/TLS certificate may seem daunting at first glance, but following these steps should make it easy for beginners! Make sure to take extra time while going through each phase above especially verifying that the installation went through without any problems afterward – double-checking can save lots of headache & frustration later on down the road! You can also manage digital certificates with Keyfactor instead for increased efficiency!

With the correct setup completed & all links & redirects updated accordingly, everyone visiting the site will get a nice green lock icon in their browser, indicating a secure connection has been established successfully!

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