How to add an SSL Certificate to Plesk


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Just purchased an SSL certificate and need to activate it in Plesk? Learn how in this guide.

Get your Files

Once you’ve purchased your SSL certificate, download all of your certificate files. Instructions for this will vary depending on your hosting/certificate provider. I’ll be using the control panel for 1&1 IONIS in this example:

  • Sign in to the 1&1 Control Panel (or other provider’s customer area)
  • Click on ‘SSL Certificates’
  • Click on your domain name
  • From advanced settings download all of your certificate files (SSL, PFX, Intermediate etc)

Add SSL Certificate to Plesk

  • Sign in to Plesk
  • Go to ‘Websites & Domains’
  • Click on ‘SSL/TLS Certificates’ for the appropriate domain name
  • Click ‘Add SSL/TLS Certificate
  • Fill out the general details: name, address, domain name, email etc
  • Further down you’ll see ‘upload the certificate files’. You’re asked to attach a private key, certificate and CA certificate. For each of those attach the following:

    • Private key (*.key) = your file with .key extension
    • Certificate (*.crt) = your file with .cer extension (NOT intermediate)
    • CA certificate (*-ca.crt) = your file with .cer extension (intermediate)

Employ SSL

Lastly, you’ll need to associate your SSL certificate with your domain name and enable it:

  • Sign in to Plesk
  • Go to ‘Websites & Domains’
  • Click on ‘Hosting Settings’ for the appropriate domain name
  • Check the ‘SSL/TLS support’ check box and choose your certificate from the drop down list (the one you named earlier)
  • Apply changes

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