How to Install a DirectAdmin SSL Certificate: A Step-by-Step Guide (2024)

06 Jun, 2024

Nowadays, website security and visitor privacy have become more crucial than ever. With vast amounts of data being transmitted online every second, websites have become prime targets for hackers and cybercriminals. These malicious actors can steal sensitive information, hurt visitor trust, and severely damage the reputation of businesses and organizations.

To combat these threats, implementing robust security measures is essential, and one of the most critical components is an SSL certificate.

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificates encrypt the data exchanged between websites and visitors’ browsers, creating a secure, encrypted tunnel that protects sensitive information from hackers.

SSL Certificates: No Longer Optional

The use of SSL certificates was once considered optional; they are now a necessity for all websites, regardless of their type or size. Whether you run a small personal blog or a large e-commerce platform, securing your site with an SSL certificate is non-negotiable.

In this blog post, I’ll provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to install an SSL certificate using the DirectAdmin hosting control panel. As India’s leading web hosting company, Rovity offers DirectAdmin as part of our comprehensive hosting solutions.

However, this guide is applicable to anyone using DirectAdmin, whether you’re hosted by Rovity or not.

Our Goal: Helping You Secure Your Website

Our goal is to help you secure your website with a high-quality, A+ graded SSL certificate, ensuring that your visitors’ data remains safe and your online presence remains trustworthy.

So, let’s dive in and learn how to protect your website with the power of SSL encryption.

Securing Your Website: A Guide to SSL Certificate Installation

Before diving into the SSL certificate installation process, it’s essential to ensure that your domain name is correctly pointed to the hosting server. This is a crucial step, as the SSL certificate will only function properly if the domain is correctly configured.

At Rovity, we understand the importance of website security and are committed to making the SSL certificate installation process as seamless as possible for our customers. That’s why we offer automatic SSL certificate installation and activation.

Rovity’s Automatic SSL Certificate Installation

Our system regularly checks your DNS settings and automatically requests a new SSL certificate if all the settings are correct. In the event that the automatic activation fails, we provide a manual activation process to ensure that your website is secured with an SSL certificate.

For the purpose of this guide, I’ll assume that your domain is hosted on a server using DirectAdmin and that your nameservers are correctly updated. It’s important to note that certificate authorities, such as Let’s Encrypt or ZeroSSL, need to verify your domain ownership before approving any SSL requests.

Step-by-Step Installation Process

  1. Log into the DirectAdmin control panel. At Rovity, we offer a convenient one-click login feature that allows you to securely access your DirectAdmin account with ease.
  2. Once you’re logged in, follow the step-by-step instructions below to request and activate your SSL certificate. The process is designed to be user-friendly, even for those who may not be technically knowledgeable.

By following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to securing your website with a robust SSL certificate. Remember, whether you choose the automatic or manual installation process, Rovity is here to support you every step of the way. This ensures that your website is protected and your visitors’ data remains secure.

Securing Your Website with SSL: A Step-by-Step Guide for DirectAdmin Users

To begin the SSL certificate installation process, log into your DirectAdmin control panel. Once you’re in, locate the Account Manager section and click on the SSL Certificates icon.

DirectAdmin SSL Certificates Icon

If you have multiple domains hosted, ensure that you select the correct domain from the drop-down menu.

Rovity DirectAdmin Select Domain Dropdown Menu

Click on the Get automatic certificate from ACME Provider tab.

DirectAdmin Get automatic certificate from ACME Provider Screen

Choose an ACME provider (Let’s Encrypt or ZeroSSL) from the drop-down menu. Rovity offers both options as Certificate Authorities via our DirectAdmin platform.

Check the Wildcard box to cover the main domain and all subdomains with a single SSL certificate. We highly recommend this option for full coverage.

Unless you’re an experienced user, it’s best to leave other settings, such as Key Size and Certificate Type, at their default values.

After configuring the settings, click the SAVE button to submit your SSL request. The selected Certificate Authority will then verify your domain ownership and issue the SSL certificate.

DirectAdmin SSL Certificate and key saved

Once you’ve submitted the request, you’ll receive a notification in DirectAdmin and via email about the status of your request.

DirectAdmin User Dropdown Menu Messages

If the DNS changes haven’t propagated yet, wait a few hours and retry the process.

Upon successful verification, DirectAdmin will automatically install the SSL certificate, significantly enhancing your website’s security.

DirectAdmin LetsEncrypt Request Successful

Congratulations! Your website is now secure with an SSL certificate. This crucial step not only protects your visitors’ sensitive data but also boosts your search engine rankings and establishes trust in your online presence.

By following these simple steps within the DirectAdmin control panel, you can ensure that your website is equipped with a robust SSL certificate. This will provide a secure browsing experience for your visitors and safeguard your online reputation.

Testing SSL Certificate Quality

To ensure that your SSL certificate meets the highest standards, we recommend using the Qualys SSL Labs Server Test. This free online tool allows you to check the quality of your SSL certificate by simply entering your domain name on the website and submitting the request.

The Qualys SSL Labs Server Test typically takes a minute or two to complete. By following Rovity’s DirectAdmin process for SSL certificate installation, you can expect to achieve an A+ grade, which is the highest rating possible.

SSL Labs SSL Report A+ Graded from Rovity

Rovity prioritizes the privacy and security of your website visitors. Even though we are offering affordable hosting plans, we never compromise on the quality of our service. Our team is dedicated to providing top-notch SSL certificates to ensure that your website is well-protected against cyber threats.

An A+ grade SSL certificate offers numerous benefits for your website:

  1. It ensures that all connections to your website are encrypted with the highest standards, protecting sensitive data from potential breaches.
  2. It maintains visitor privacy, fostering trust and confidence in your online presence.
  3. It demonstrates to your visitors that you have implemented significant cybersecurity measures to protect your website and their data.

By testing your SSL certificate and confirming its top-tier performance, you can rest assured that your website is well-protected. We encourage you to continue exploring the additional security and performance features offered by Rovity to further enhance your website’s performance and speed.

Rovity is committed to keeping your website and your visitors secure. By choosing our hosting services and following our SSL certificate installation guide, you can trust that your online presence is in expert hands.

SSL Certificate Validity

When you obtain an SSL certificate through Rovity, whether from Let’s Encrypt or ZeroSSL, it is valid for 90 days. This may seem like a relatively short period compared to some other paid SSL providers, but there’s no need to worry about your website’s security.

Automated SSL Certificate Renewal

At Rovity, we have implemented an automated system that proactively requests and installs a new SSL certificate before the current one expires. This ensures that your website remains protected without any gaps in coverage.

Our automated renewal process runs every three months, as long as your DNS settings remain unchanged. If the automatic renewal fails, you can easily perform a manual renewal through the DirectAdmin control panel.

Rovity offers top-class support via live chat or our technical support system. Our knowledgeable team is always ready to assist you and ensure that your website’s security remains robust.

Hassle-Free and Secure Experience from Rovity

Rovity is committed to providing our customers with a hassle-free and secure experience. By implementing continuous, automated SSL renewals and offering dedicated support, we ensure that your website benefits from state-of-the-art encryption and uninterrupted security.

When you choose Rovity as your hosting provider, you can have peace of mind knowing that your website’s SSL certificate will always be up-to-date. In addition, our team is here to support you every step of the way. You can trust Rovity to keep your website and your visitors’ data secure, allowing you to focus on growing your online presence.

Jafar Muhammed

Jafar Muhammed has 10+ years of experience in WordPress, web hosting, domain names, DNS, CDN, server administration, etc. He is an open web advocate. He is the CEO of Rovity, the fastest-growing premium shared hosting startup in India.