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Installing Cloudflare SSL on cPanel

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If you do not want to purchase a commercial certificate or use the free Let’s Encrypt SSL, you can install Cloudflare SSL on your hosting plan. In this lesson, you will learn how to do this.

1) Log in to your Cloudflare system, select your domain. Click on the SSL/TLS icon -> Pick Origin Server tab -> Click Create button:

2) Settings should be the following:

Generate private key and CSR with Cloudflare;
– Make sure your domain is indicated in Hostnames;
Certificate Validity 15 years (Optional).

Click Create button:

3) Copy-paste Origin Certificate and Private Key. You will need this information to install SSL on your server. The Key format should be PEM:

4) You will also need CA Bundle to establish the full chain of trust. You can download the Cloudflare CA root certificate on this page. You will see two options there:

– Cloudflare Origin ECC PEM (do not use with Apache cPanel)
– Cloudflare Origin RSA PEM <- THIS IS THE ONE YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD

As a result, you will have 3 pieces of SSL:

1) Private Key;
2) Certificate or CRT (Origin Certificate);
3) Certificate Authority Bundle or CABUNDLE (Cloudflare Origin RSA PEM).

The SSL installation on cPanel takes place according to this tutorial.

IMPORTANT

For SSL to work correctly, you will need to make sure that your domain’s type A record is Proxied on your Cloudflare DNS zone:

Also, you will need to enable Full (strict) SSL/TLS encryption in Cloudflare SSL/TLS -> Overview section:

That’s it! Congrats on installing Cloudflare SSL for your domain:

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