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How to create a Certificate Signing Request

This guide is focused around deployed servers with DirectAdmin's new skin "Evolution"

The "Certificate Signing Request" is needed to request a certificate: it provides the necessary information needed to be referenced on a certificate to help verify your websites authenticity.

A "Certificate Singing Request" (or "CSR") is used for the following certificate types:

  • DV Certificates (Domain-Validated: "standard" domain SSL certificates)
  • OV Certifications (Organization-Validated SSL certificates)
  • EV Certificates (Extended-Validation: SSL certificates that provide the "Green Bar" in some browsers)

In this guide, we'll be going over the steps needed to procure a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) needed for the purchasing and issuing of SSL Certificate that you need.

As always, if you ever require assistance – please reach out to us.

Creating the CSR

You'll need to login to your DirectAdmin user through the DirectAdmin Panel – or if you're the Administrator, you can drop in through the admin user.

Once at the user level; go to "Account Manager" and click '"'SSL Certificates":

Evolution - Default:

Evolution - Icon:

Once inside the SSL Certificate area; you'll see many different choices:

  • Let's Encrypt
  • Paste pre-generated
  • Certificate Request
  • Self Signed

You'll want to ensure that you have "Create A Certificate Request" is checked/highlighted.

You'll want to fill out the appropriate entries on the form – any field marked with an asterisk below is required:

  • Country*: The full name of your country
  • State/Province*: Full state name of the Business or Website's presence
  • City*: Full city name of the Business or Website's presence.
  • Company*: Provide the legally-registered name for your business. If none exists, provide the owner's full legal name.
  • Common Name: Provide the domain you wish to have secured.
  • Company Division: Optional. This is the group or division/branch of the company for the website. (eg. Support)
  • Email*: This is required and you'll need to provide a VALID email address. (eg.
  • Key Size: Leave default.
  • Certificate Type: Leave default.

Then click "Save" and your Certificate Signing Request is now generated so you can take it to your preferred SSL Vendor!

Most SSL Certificate Authorities will prompt/ask for "Web Server Type" when purchasing a SSL Certificate. The best choice/option would be Apache/OpenSSL+ModSSL or similar option for "Apache".

control-panels/directadmin/how-to-create-csr.txt · Last modified: 2020/05/13 07:18 by Karson N.