A number of people will out rightly admit that it is not easy to activate or renew an SSL certificate. This is an experience I have had in the past too and I am also aware that it wastes a lot of time. However, it should not always be that way. If you have the right information, you are most likely to avoid the usual hustles that come with SSL set up process.
Therefore, Alina who is our SSL Customer Service Manager has decided to come to your rescue. She has come up with 3 tips that are going to help you to have a fast and a successful SSL activation.
1. How to speed up the validation process for your organization/Extended SSL certificate?
When the Certificate authorities perform an organization or Extended validation for an SSL certificate, they often use a number of resources to check the details of the business. Some of these resources include government databases, online phone databases, yellow pages amongst many others. In fact, they mostly check to determine whether the company is registered in the Dun and Bradstreet online directory, dnb.com.
The certificate authorities will then compare the details the applicant provided against those listed on the different databases: City, Street Address, Phone Number, Registration Name, Company’s Legal Registered Name, City, State/Region, Country, and Zip/Postal Code amongst many other details. If the details the applicants provided do not match the one on the databases, the CA will request the applicant to provide more document to support his request and to update the listed information. This will end up causing a delay to the application process by even weeks or days.
In order to avoid such avoidable delays, when you decide to apply for an extended Validation or Organizational SSL ensure that your details on Whois on your certificate Signing Request and as SSL Administrative Contact matches the ones in the public databases. This is going to guarantee you speed when it comes to your application as little verification will be needed.
Your Company’s Country, City, Street Address, Legal/Registered Name, Phone Number, Zip/Postal Code, State/Region.
2. How do I Add My Subject Alternative Names (SAN) to my Multi-Domain Certificate?
One of the things most people are not aware is the fact that multi-domain certificates usually include coverage for other additional domains known as SANs. During other instances you will not need to exhaust all the available slots during the initial activation. Similarly, you may have to change one or a number of additional domains later. Therefore, I know some of you might be asking how I can achieve this after the certificates have been issued. In order to add or modify domains, you will need to apply for a reissue of the certificate. The following is a short article that can come in handy if you are interested to know more:
During the period when you will be doing the reissue, you will also have the privilege of adding domains to the certificate, be able to modify the already existing ones or similarly purchase more domains to be secured by your multi-domain certificate.
3. How to avoid downtime while renewing an SSL?
You can renew an SSL certificate as early as 30 days prior to expiration
When it comes to domains and hosting renewal, all you need to do is to pay for the renewal and then the validity will be automatically extended. However, when it comes to SSL, the process is totally different. An SSL is a piece of encrypted code which is often inimitable for every certificate. This code has a number of details which include: The common name, like the domain for which the certificate was issued, contact details, encryption algorithm, company name amongst many others. The code also contains an expiration date for the certificate which unless the code is changed and reinstalled on the server the expiration date for the certificate will not change even if you purchase a renewal.
There is only one way to update the expiration day is to have a renewal SSL validated and issued. After you have purchased the renewal certificate, you will want to have the renewal certificate activated, validated and installed on your server. Once you have been issued with the new certificate, it will contain a new expiration date so that you will no longer receive any Certificate Expiration warnings.
NB: If a certificate is renewed and issued during the 30 days before the expiration day was up, a new validity period is added to the expiration date such that it is not counted from the time of renewal of the SSL but from the date it was set to expire.