How to Create an SSL Certificate

This section describes the basic process for purchasing an SSL certificate from Gandi. If you plan to install the SSL certificate on a site not hosted by Gandi, you may want to review our more detailed instructions for outside installation.

Some of the actions you take within Gandi, such as setting up web forwarding, may create a free SSL certificate automatically. If you are happy with the certificate provided you do not need to take any further action.

To start the process of buying a certificate go to our SSL certificate page. There you will find a table showing the different levels of certificates we offer. Choose which level of certificate you need, then click “Select” under the option you want. This will launch a dialog guiding you through the process of setting up a new certificate.

Step One: Choose where you will install your certificate.

First, select where you will install your certificate.

  • On a S+ or greater Gandi Simple Hosting instance”: Certificates for sites hosted on a Gandi Simple Hosting instance can be installed automatically. If you want to take advantage of our free certificates offer you must have already created your instance and set up your site.
  • Somewhere else”: You can use SSL certificates purchased from us on any site you choose, but you will need to install the SSL certificate manually. If you plan to install the SSL certificate on a site not hosted by Gandi, you may want to review our more detailed instructions for creating SSL certificates you want to download and install manually.

Step Two: Choose which SSL certificate you need.

You can choose from these options:

After you choose your type you can confirm any additional options, such as the size.

Step Three: Choose your generation method.

The two options are:

The common name is the domain name you want to secure. You can read more on our page explaining the common name.

Note

If you are creating a certificate for a site not hosted by Gandi, you can only use the custom method.

Step Four: Choose your validation method.

Finally, you will choose the domain validation method (DCV) that you will use.

When you have finished selecting the options for your certificate you will add it to your shopping cart. You can then finish the checkout process and complete payment to finish generating your SSL certificate.

Step Five: Complete Extra Steps

Depending on the options you chose, there may be extra steps for you to perform to complete your order. You will receive an email telling you what you need to do to complete your order. You can also find instructions for these steps by going to the “SSL Certificates” section of your account and clicking on the SSL certificate you just ordered.

  • You may need to complete steps to validate your domain.
  • You may need to provide documents for a pro or business certificate.