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  1. #1
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    Where do I get an SSL certificate ??

    I need an SSL certificate for all the people on my server. I just want to buy and install one certificate and then SSL should be supported on all accounts on my server. Where do I buy such a certificate and what does it cost ?

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    nickn is right dont be cheap!!!

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    I've used http://www.geotrust.com ....cheaper than Verisign and Thawte (the two most popular)

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    supported on all accounts?

    I just want to buy and install one certificate and then SSL should be supported on all accounts on my server.
    You might already know this but just in case ... it is possible for 1 certificate to cover multiple server accounts, as long as all the accounts on that server have the same server name.

    e.g. SSL could be suppported on all these with 1 certificate:

    https://www.yourcompany.com/bobsstuff/
    https://www.yourcompany.com/giftshop/
    https://www.yourcompany.com/payperdownload/

    but you could not use 1 certificate to support all these:

    https://www.yourcompany.com
    https://bobstuff.yourcompany.com
    https://www.payperdownload.com
    https://giftshop.yourcompany.com

    In fact you'd need a seperate cert for each of those 4, because they are 4 differrent server names.

    Not only that ... but if you're using Apache here's another heads up: configuring multiple certificates on one Apache server can be very difficult (or even impossible) on some installations of Apache.

    Hope this helps and sorry if it's bad news.
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    Do I have to pay and buy this or do I tell the customer to buy it ?

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    Originally posted by taketo
    Do I have to pay and buy this or do I tell the customer to buy it ?
    If it's a certificate for the customer's server name, i.e. www.customersite.com, I'd ask them to buy it, unless you're charging a premium price. It will, after all, be their certificate, and theirs only.

    If you're still getting one for your whole server, as you originally indicated, i.e. www.hostingcompany.com ... it probably makes sense for you to buy it.

    Tom
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    $49.95 geotrust thru ev1, if you have server you can buy and install to be shared by all clients on server

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    if I buy that $49.95 thing at EV1...how can I install it to be shared by all users on the server ?

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    Originally posted by taketo
    if I buy that $49.95 thing at EV1...how can I install it to be shared by all users on the server ?
    Buy the certificate for the server name that represents the top directory level.

    For example, if you have a server www.myserver.com, and it has some client directories installed in subdirectories, like this ...

    www.myserver.com/joes_page
    www.myserver.com/bobs_page
    www.myserver.com/kims_page

    ... then you would buy a certificate for www.myserver.com and install it as the certificate for the server name.

    If you buy the certificate for www.myserver.com, it will NOT work for www.joespage.com, but it could work for www.myserver.com/joes_page, which could be the same content. That's the trick to making one certificate work for multiple client sites on one server.

    Tom
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