My SSL certificate for this domain expired and I had to redo the entire process of activating and installing the certificate. Since this is a very complex process and even with all the “guides” out there, it was still very confusing. So, after successfully reactivating the certificate I thought I would do my part and write this short simple guide.

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Buying an SSL certificate

You can just buy an SSL certificate on Namecheap. I am using PositiveSSL, which works fine. If you don’t manage a lot of websites, then this is the best deal.

buying a PositiveSSL certificate

Click here to purchase the certificate

Activating the certificate

Go into your Namecheap Dashboard under “SSL Certificates” and click on “Activate”.

Namecheap SSL certificates management

Once you do that this screen will show:

CSR code generator

To get the information that you have to fill out here, go to the following website: CSR Generator

information for generating CSR code

Type in all the information and then click on “Generate”. You will be presented with the following information:

CSR code, private key and certificate

VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure to leave this window open until the process is done or copy all the information from the different tabs to a file and save it!

Copy the CSR code and copy it into the previous site and click on “Next”:

enter CSR code for starting activation process

Choose “Add CNAME record” and click on “Next”:

CNAME record for verification process

Type in your email and click on “Next”:

email where certificate will be sent to

And then just submit the activation request:

submit SSL certificate activation process

Once you did this, the SSL certificate should show up in your domain as a product. Click there on “Manage”:

namecheap domain products dashboard

Now you have to get the information of the records that you have to add to your DNS:

DCV method - How to get DNS record

This information has to be added in your Domains DNS settings (I had to add the CNAME without the domain name at the end, so be careful here):

how to add cname record in namecheap

If you have done everything correctly, this should now have activated your certificate, but we are not done yet…

Installing SSL certificate on EasyWP

Now you have to login to your EasyWP Dashboard and open the settings of your website. On the row of the SSL certificate, click on “Manage” and then on “Change”.

uploading ssl certificate to easywp

After that you should see the following, there choose “Custom SSL Certificate”.

change SSL certificate in easywp

This is where I always got stuck because I didn’t keep the tab open with the CSR that I generated. Remember the following step?

where to get the private key

Copy the “Private Key” into the according field.

Also you should have gotten an email in the meantime with a ZIP file:

email with ssl certificate

Unzip it. In there you have the to files for the 2 other fields “SSL Certificate” and “CA bundle”.

files with ssl certificate and ca bundle

Assign them to the correct fields and then you should be able to click on “Change”.

Now… if you have done everything correctly, your SSL certificate should now be working! Good job!

Should you have any issues with this process, let me know in the comments and maybe I’ll be able to help. Hope this guide will help you because I would have been very happy to have found a guide like this.