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Hi, I'm just about to purchase a security certificate for a new site. In the Webfaction docs the SSL instructions include this:

Enter openssl req -new -key domain.key -out domain.csr and press Enter. Several prompts for details about the certificate will appear. When prompted for a Common Name, be sure to correctly enter the domain (or subdomain) for use with the certificate. When openssl is finished, the CSR file, domain.csr, is created.

I just want to make sure I get the domain correct as stated. Do I type http://www.mydomain.com.key or just mydomain.com.key? This also goes for sub-domains, am I typing http://subdomain.mydomain.com.key or without the http and slashes? Is this the same for the openssl command and the common name?

Thanks.

asked 23 Feb '13, 15:22

zilog8bit
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For both the common name and the openssl command, do not enter http:// - just the domain or subdomain to which the certificate will apply.

I hope that helps!

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answered 23 Feb '13, 17:03

maryh ♦♦
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It does thank you, what about the www?

(23 Feb '13, 18:55) zilog8bit

If it's okay I'll bump this to reflect the response in the comment about the www element of the domain name.

(27 Feb '13, 07:11) zilog8bit

You need to buy an SSL certificate for each sub-domain (www is also a subdomain) unless you have a Wildcard SSL Certificate.

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answered 27 Feb '13, 07:57

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Thank you for that clarification, held off buying the cert until now just in case I needed a different one.

(27 Feb '13, 08:03) zilog8bit

I just bought a certificate which covers both www and non-www for less than $10/year. https://www.cheapssls.com/comodo-ssl-certificates/positivessl.html

(06 Dec '13, 12:44) redtk

Yes, I do agree with epqrs.

www.domain_name.com and domain_name.com both are different. www.domain_name is subdomain of domain_name.com

Here is Good news for you. You can secure your www or non www domain version using single SSL Certificate.

Check this article: https://www.clickssl.com/blog/do-i-need-different-ssl-certificates-for-www-non-www-domain/

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answered 15 Aug '13, 05:46

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