DreamHost SSL — A Certificate Buying & Installation Guide

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5 easy steps to buy and install a DreamHost SSL certificate on your server

DreamHost is one of the most popular hosting service providers in the industry. If you’re hosting your website on it and need some guidance on how to gett a DreamHost SSL certificate, you’ve come to the right place.

First of all, DreamHost doesn’t have their own SSL certificates because they’re not a certificate authority (CA) — hence, they’re not allowed to issue an SSL certificate to any website. Thus, there is no certificate literally named a “DreamHost SSL certificate.” All SSL/TLS certificates you see on DreamHost are from third-party CAs that are approved by the CA/B Forum.

Note: The free SSL certificates affiliated with DreamHost are from Let’s Encrypt, and the commercial (paid) SSL certificates are from Sectigo (formerly Comodo CA). You can also buy the same Sectigo SSL certificate from the outside third-party vendor like SectigoStore.com at nearly 50% of the cost of buying through other routes and import it on your DreamHost server!

But enough about that for now. In this article, we’ll explore the DreamHost SSL buying options and SSL certificate’s importation/installation procedures.

How to Install a DreamHost SSL Certificate in 5 Quick and Easy Steps

Step 1: Choose the Right SSL Certificate

You will have three options for getting an SSL certificate:

  1. Get a free SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt. These
    free SSL/TLS certificates don’t come with any  trust logo, warranty, or support (aside from
    documents and web forums).
  2. Get a paid Sectigo brand SSL certificate from
    . (Starts from $15/year)
  3. Get a paid Sectigo (or any other) brand’s
    SSL certificate from a third-party vendor.
    (Starts from $8.78/year)-a
    significantly low-cost option

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If you have chosen any of the first two options, please follow these installation steps.

If you have bought an SSL certificate from a third-party vendor (strongly recommended), please follow the below steps to import your certificate on DreamHost.

Step 2: Generate a CSR

You need a certificate signing request (CSR) —also known as a public key— for two specific purposes:

  1. Once you complete the purchase of your SSL
    certificate, the CA will ask for a CSR code in order to issue an SSL
  2. You’ll need to have the CSR code available when
    you’re installing an SSL certificate on the DreamHost server.

So, where do you get the CSR code? You need to request a CSR code from DreamHost’s support team.

Step 3: Complete the Validation Process

Before issuing an SSL certificate to your domain, the CA will verify your domain ownership. This two-step process will be the same for all the certificates, including the free ones:

  1. The CA will send you an email that contains a
    verification link.

This email address must have your domain’s extension. For example, if your website is mydomain.com, the CA will send the verification email on one of the following email addresses.

If you have bought a business verified SSL certificate, such as organization validated (OV) or extended validated (EV) SSL certificate, you need to go through additional verification steps, too.

Step 4: Gather All the Required Information and Files

Once you complete the verification process, the CA will send you the SSL certificate and other required documents via email. But before installing the SSL certificate on your DreamHost server, you first need the following things:

  • Certificate signing request (CSR
    code): This was  generated in step 2.
  • SSL certificate: The CA has sent you a
    file named yourdomain.crt. This is your SSL certificate. You need
    to right-click on that file, navigate to Open and select Notepad
    (or any other text editor). Save all the codes — you’ll require them later.
  • RSA private key: Generate a
    private key
    on the DreamHost’s server and save it to a safe location.
  • Intermediate certificate (if any):
    Sectigo might send the intermediate certificate. Generally, they would have a
    .crt extension. For example, SectigoUTNSGCCA.crt, UTNAddTrustSGCCA.crt etc. You
    need to save these codes in a text editor, too.

Step 5: Import the SSL Certificate in DreamHost Server Now, you can finish the DreamHost SSL certificate purchase and installation process by doing the following:

  1. Log in to your DreamHost
  2. Locate the SSL/TLS
  3. Click on the Add button to
    the right side of your domain name.
  4. Click on the Select This
    under Import a Certificate.

You will see the following form. Fill out the required four fields with the information you gathered in step 4.

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  • Click on the Proceed with
    Certificate Configuration
  • If everything is
    completed without error, you’ll see the certificate in the “Imported” section
    under the SSL/TLS Certificate tab.
  • After 15 minutes, open your
    website with HTTPS in the address bar. You will see a padlock symbol in front
    of your domain name.
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