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How do I install a third-party SSL certificate with Flywheel?

Note

The following instructions are for providing your own SSL certificate from a third-party provider. We are also able offer Simple SSL certificates for free.

Installing an existing SSL certificate with Flywheel is quick and painless – we take care of all of the heavy lifting for you! You’ll just need to purchase the SSL Add-On from your site’s Flywheel dashboard, and we can get the process started.

Note

Before we can do this, you must first purchase your SSL certificate elsewhere. For information on purchasing SSL certificates, head here: Do you offer SSL certificates?

The process looks like this:

1

Purchase the SSL Add-On

2

Enter the details to create your Certificate Signing Request (CSR). When you're finished, the CSR will be automatically emailed to you

3

Download the CSR from your email, and upload it to your SSL provider (Godaddy, InstantSSL, etc) to regenerate the certificate

4

Send us back the resulting certificate file(s), and we'll let you know when it's installed

Phew! It’s pretty straightforward actually.

Note

When generating your certificate, the provider may ask for a server type. Flywheel runs NGINX servers, so choose that option if it’s available. If not, Apache + OpenSSL works as well.

You should then be instructed how you can download the .zip file containing your certificate. You can email the certificate to Flywheel support at [email protected]. Once we have the certificate, we will install it and let you know when it’s all set up.

Confused? No worries! Contact Flywheel support and we’d be happy to walk you through everything.

Here is some more information on the fields we collect to generate your CSR:

Domain Name The fully qualified domain name (FQDN) that clients will use to reach your server. To secure https://www.example.com, your domain name must be www.example.com or *.example.com if you’re using a wildcard certificate.
Organization Name The exact legal name of your organization. Example: “Acme, Inc.” Less commonly, if you do not have a legal registered organization name, you should enter your own full name here.
Department Name (optional) Many people leave this field blank. This is the department within your organization which you want to appear in the certificate. Common examples: Web Administration, Marketing, or N/A.
City The city where your organization is legally located.
State/Province The state or province where your organization is legally located.
Country The country where your organization is legally located.
Email Your email address.

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