Add Wildcard SSL or multi-domain or UC/SAN SSL certificate

  cPanel, SSL Certificates

What is a multi-domain or UC/SAN SSL certificate?

Multi-domain certificates are SSL certificates that allow you to secure multiple, potentially unrelated domains with a single certificate. This includes UCC/SAN certificates and wildcard certificates. Unified Communications/Subject Alternate Name (UC/SAN) Certificates are SSL certificates that allow you to specify a list of hostnames that the same certificate protects.

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You must reissue these certificates each time that you add a new hostname.

What is a wildcard SSL certificate?

A wildcard certificate allows you to install the same certificate on any number of subdomains if they share an IP address. You can apply a wildcard certificate to services in WHM’s Manage Service SSL Certificates interface (Home >> Service Configuration >> Manage Service SSL Certificates).

  • For example, if you have a wildcard certificate for 
    *.example.com

    , you can use it to securely connect to 

    mail.example.com

     and

    www.example.com

    , but not to 

    example.com

    .

  • The 
    root

     user may install a wildcard certificate on a collection of subdomains that are associated with a single root domain on multiple IP addresses. If multiple IP addresses are used, a user on the server must not own the 

    root

    domain.

What is the difference between a wildcard and a webserver certificate?

Webserver certificates only allow you to secure a single domain. Wildcard certificates allow you to secure a domain and an unlimited number of subdomains. For example, if you wish to secure 

store.example.com

 and 

blog.example.com

, you can use a single wildcard certificate to do so. However, each subdomain will require its own dedicated IP address.