How to Setup and Use a Shared SSL - Windows

The process for setting up your own shared SSL between two domains can be a bit confusing. The steps within this article can assist you on the path to getting setup.

Note for Windows Shared Hosting: If you intend to use HostGator's shared SSL certificate, Master SSL settings can be left unchanged and disabled.

Enable Shared SSL

Follow the steps below to enable shared SSL using the SSL certificate of the Master SSL Domain:

  1. Log into Plesk.
  2. Click the Websites & Domains shortcut in the navigation pane.
  3. Select the appropriate domain name from the list.
  4. Click Shared SSL in the Hosting group.
  5. Select the Enable shared SSL checkbox.
  6. Specify the virtual directory name in the corresponding input field. The virtual directory with the supplied name will be created on the Master SSL Domain. This directory will be used for accessing your site through SSL.
    Note: You cannot use your domain name (e.g. myexampledomain.com) to access your site via SSL if you are using shared SSL.
      • For example, suppose you have a domain named mydomain.com: Master SSL Domain is defined as master_ssl_domain.com, and the virtual directory name you supplied is my_virtual_dir. In this case, to access your site through SSL, you need to use the following address:
    https://master_ssl_domain.com/my_virtual_dir
  7. Select the directory where protected content is located on your domain. The documents within the specified directory will be accessible only through SSL.
    • You can only choose either httpdocs or httpsdocs as a target directory.
  8. To make your domain accessible via SSL only, select the Require SSL checkbox.
  9. Click OK.

Disable the Shared SSL

To stop using the shared SSL certificate of the Master SSL Domain:

  1. Log into Plesk.
  2. Click the Websites & Domains shortcut in the navigation pane.
  3. Select the appropriate domain name from the list.
  4. Click Shared SSL in the Hosting group.
  5. Clear the Enable shared SSL checkbox.
  6. Click OK.

Need the Path to Your Shared SSL?

For information on determining the path to your shared SSL, please read the following article:


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