How to Install Symantec SSL Certificate

Quick Steps to install Symantec SSL Certificate on Plesk server

Initial Instruction

Symantec-LogoBefore starting Symantec SSL certificate installation, please verify the below checklist.

  • Buy/renew Symantec SSL Certificate
  • Generate CSR with SHA-2 algorithm
  • Save the CSR & Private key file on your server directory
  • Apply for SSL Certificate Issuance
  • Submit SSL issuance Documents as per Symantec’s requirement


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Step 1: Store Symantec SSL Certificate Files

After the SSL certificate issuance process, Symantec will provide you SSL via Email in a zip file. Download this zip file and extract the certificate files on your server directory.

You can download your certificate via Symantec Trust Center directly or via vendor’s account page from where you have purchase Symantec SSL Certificate.

Step 2: Rename Certificate File

Open the Server certificate file using a text editor (E.G Notepad), copy whole encrypted data starting from —–BEGIN CERTIFICATE—– to —–END CERTIFICATE—– and paste it into a new file. Now save this new file with Cert.crt name.

Note: Avoid using Microsoft Word to open the server certificate file, if may add some special characters which makes SSL Certificate invalid.

Step 3: SSL certificate Installation

  • Open & Login in to your Plesk account.
  • Now move to Websites & Domains tab section.
  • click the SSL Certificates URL
  • Now hit the Manage link for the domain which you wish to secure with SSL certificate,
  • Now click on Add SSL CertificateAdd SSL Certificate - Plesk
  • Browse your Private Key, SSL Certificate and CA Certificate one by one respectively.
  • Click over send file
  • Now move to Websites & Domains tab section and click over Web Hosting Settings
  • In the certificate menu select SSL Certificate then select the SSL Support checkbox & press OK.

Finally Your Symantec SSL Certificate is now installed on Plesk web server.

Note: If above SSL installation steps are not working then contact Plesk customer care.

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