SSL Domain Validation Options

Domain validated SSL certificates can be issued very quickly. But before the certificate can be issued you must be able to validate ownership. There are three options available to do this automatically.

Email Authentication
During your order you are presented with a predefined list of email addresses. Select one of these email addresses and the system will send an email with an approver link. You must click this link and then “I approve” on the website.

The following addresses are available to choose from:

  • admin@<yourssldomain>
  • administrator@<yourssldomain>
  • hostmaster@<yourssldomain>
  • root@<yourssldomain>
  • webmaster@<yourssldomain>
  • postmaster@<yourssldomain>
For com / net / org domains the technical whois contact can also be used.

File Authentication
This method is recommended as it is usually the easiest and fastest as you do not have to wait for DNS propagation or deal with email system delays.

You will then be given the name of a file and a secret random string. You should upload the file to the location and with the name specified. The file contents should contain nothing but the random string. Once the order is completed you can delete the file. If you are unable to complete the File Auth you can switch to Email Auth during your order.

DNS Authentication

You will need to be able to create a TXT record for your domain. The details to enter into the TXT record will be supplied as part of the order process.

When making changes to your DNS records it can sometimes take a few hours for the DNS changes to propagate even after adding the records.

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