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FREE tools and guides to help fix any SSL problem from changing file formats to decoding CSRs.

Having trouble with installing and configuring your SSL properly? The NEXTHOSTINGSPACE SSL Expert has you covered with an array of helpful tools. After years of offering technical support for SSL, we are offering these set of tools to help you handle some of the most basic problems yourself.

As always, we’re here to help if you need it. Simply start an online chat or call us and we’ll provide whatever assistance you need. But in the event you just want to handle things yourself: behold, the SSL toolbox.

We can even install your SSL certificate for you (for a nominal fee).

So what are you waiting for? Roll up your sleeves, dig into our SSL toolbox and let’s make sure your SSL certificate is installed and working properly!

SSL Checker

Review your SSL Certificate’s Installation

The SSL Checker allows you to verify what type of certificate is installed, the Common name, validity, server type, certificate chaining, and more.

CSR DECODER

Decode your Certificate Signing Request

The CSR Decoder will allow you to decode your Certificate Signing Request that you generate off your server. The CSR decoder will allow you to ensure that all the information within your Certificate Signing Request is accurate and matches your URL.

CERTIFICATE DECODER

Verify your SSL Certificate is Correct

The Certificate Decoder allows you to automatically decode your SSL Certificate. With the Decoder, you are able to decode your PFX, DER, or PEM encoded SSL Certificate and confirm all the information is accurate.

Match Your Certificate Keys

Match Your SSL & Private Key Pairs (OpenSSL Guide)

If you have multiple SSL certificates, you’ll need to make sure that CSR and Private Key belong to the intended certificate. But this isn’t as hard as it sounds. With OpenSSL, You can easily confirm that your CSR file or Private Key actually matches your SSL certificate.

CONVERT YOUR SSL

Easily Convert SSL Certificate Format (OpenSSL Guide)

Certificate Authorities (CA) will sometimes issue the certificate in a format that your server won’t accept, but you don’t need to worry about it. Here’s our guide to using OpenSSL to easily switch format of your SSL certificate to ensure that your server will accept it.

Generate CSR

Effortless CSR Generation (OpenSSL Guide)

You can use OpenSSL to easily generate your Certificate Signing Request (CSR), which is needed to begin the SSL issuance process.

WHY NO PADLOCK?

Check for Insecure Links

The Why No PadLock? tool will allow you to quickly check your URL to ensure there are no insecure links found on your site. Insecure links on your URL will cause your security padlock to display incorrectly or not display at all.

CAA RECORD GENERATOR TOOL

State your Preferred Certificate Authority

Certification Authority Authorization (CAA) is a powerful record in your DNS settings that allows you to control which Certificate Authorities (CA) can issue SSL certificates for specific domains in your organization.

TEST YOUR SERVER

Quickly check if you need to be updated or the SSL certificate is expiring

Because of DigiCert’s acquisition of Symantec, existing holders of Symantec (GeoTrust, RapidSSL, Thawte) SSL/TLS certificates need to reissue their certificates before the deadlines. Check if you need to reissue your certificate using our blazing fast tool.

SSL INSTALLATION SERVICE

Professional Installation for ONLY $24.99

You can have one of our friendly SSL experts handle all of the installation work for only $24.99. In most cases, this is cheaper than doing it yourself or hiring your webmaster for an hour or two.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED SSL CHECKER QUESTIONS

Will Nexthostingspace help if there is a problem?

Yes! If you need help, our tech support team is available 24/7, every day of the year. For tech support, you can contact us via email or over the phone. If you send an email, we’ll get back to you within 48 hours. For urgent problems, give us a call.

Are there different options to start building a site?

Yes. If you have certain requirements for the creation of your website that go beyond the features of 1&1 IONOS MyWebsite, we also offer solutions for professional web developers. Also, advanced users may want to get more out of a Content Management System (CMS). Below, you can find out all you need to know for designing your own website:

1. Choose your hosting option
There are a number of different options when it comes to web hosting. A good option for professionals may be to set up a private server that they administrate completely by themselves, while beginners may be more suited to web hosting packages that include security updates, and server maintenance. Whether you choose your own server or a web hosting solution, always ensure that your server performance and web space are well suited to your specific project or website.
Good to know: some web hosts offer managed to host and a 1-click installation of specialized hosting packages for well-known CMS that are tailored to the needs of specific applications.

2. Choose your domain 
To register a domain, contact a domain name registrar. You can also secure your new website address with Nexthostingspace; the domain checker tool allows you to see if your desired domain is still available. If your preferred domain has already been taken, check if the same second-level domain (website name) is available when combined with a different top level domain. For example: if www.example.com and www.example.za are not available, perhaps try other alternatives (.org, .net, .web, .online, etc.). In case you cannot find any suitable alternatives, it might be worth purchasing your desired domain from the owner.

3. Install CMS 
Once you’ve decided on a CMS, next you need to install the system on the web server. With an FTP program, you can access your web space and upload and install everything you need. Alternatively, many web hosting providers offer a so-called 1-click installation to set up your CMS. The installation is very simple and the provider takes care of everything for you.

4. Choose your design
once your CMS is set up, it is important to find the right layout for you. Ideally, the basic planning of your business website is already complete; otherwise, you need to consider your target group, the layout, and the exact content, sections, and structure of your site all at once.

Make sure to pay attention to the usability (user-friendliness) and the design of your site. A simple and intuitive navigation structure that leads to your offer is key to the usability of your site. Your site is user-friendly if visitors can navigate their way through your site with ease. A sophisticated design and the overall appearance of your site also determine the look and usability of your website.

Internet services and current web design trends offer inspiration for web design. Most CMS offer a diverse range of design templates and themes. CMS with a large community always offer a huge selection of free templates, allowing you to experiment with one first before you decide on it. The growing importance of responsive web design is also something to take into account; responsive sites automatically adjust to the display size of your device (PC desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone).

5. Create your content
Your website content totally depends on your target group. You need a good sense of what kind of content will appeal to your target group. An accurate target group analysis done in advance is always helpful. If the profitability of your site is of paramount importance, the evaluation of buyer personas will be particularly useful. In order to better market the products of your online shop, content marketing is advisable.

In any case, it is very important to ensure you have content for your website. The regular creation of content is essential to your website. The quality of your content is what sets you apart from your competitors, so make sure to pay attention to this. Images also have an important role in a site’s articles (especially for longer texts) as they attract attention and break up a text. Images can also be used for the illustration and structuring of your articles. If you do not have access to any images or illustrations, you can make use of the large selection of free image databases.

What skills do I need to create my own website?

Today, the web is almost everybody’s go-to resource when it comes to researching specific topics, products or services. For many companies, organizations or freelancers it has become paramount to have their own internet presence.
If you want to build your own website, there are many options. There is a wide selection of web design services for advanced users, professionals and beginners alike. Even without any prior knowledge of design, there are a number of tools available to assist you in making your own website. Before considering exactly how you will start, first think about what kind of site you are interested in – different sites serve different purposes. Some of the most common website formats are as follows:

Personal Website
Websites can be used to display a personal story or a family story. With such sites, it is common to explain one’s interests and career path with photos – and the themes are more often than not part of the administrator’s personal experience. In addition, personal websites are often created for special occasions (weddings, additions to the family, etc.). This type of website is often used as a diary that is viewable to the public.

Blog
A blog (long form: weblog) is a website that mostly publishes content in the style of a diary or a magazine. Similar to the private website option above, all content focuses on the blogger. However, in contrast to a private website, a blog usually centers on one specific theme or topic. In terms of blog content, there are almost no limits; common themes include popular culture, fashion, lifestyle, technology, or politics. With high-quality and sought-after content, texts suited to your target audience and appealing web design, it is easy to set up a successful blog that also earns money. The most common web applications for the creation of a blog are
wordpress.com, blogger.com,tumblr.com

Promotional Website
Some people use their website for professional purposes to upload their personal résumé, as well as including further information on their professional career and work samples. A link to your promotional website can make your application stand out from the crowd and act as testament to a forward-thinking and initiative-showing applicant – as long as it is well presented and aesthetically pleasing. To ensure that your personal data is not open to the public, keep your private documents (personal résumé, certificates, etc.) in a password-protected section of your website. This way, you simply have to send the password to the relevant person dealing with your application.

Online Store/Web Shop
E-Commerce is an integral part of everyday life for many people and an end to the online trading boom is nowhere in sight. For those wanting to create their own online shop, a fully-functioning website is of course required. In addition, there are a number of other aspects to take note of: before creating an online shop, it is important to first create a business plan. Other areas that need to be considered include the distribution of purchased goods and the search engine optimization (SEO) of the online shop in order to make it more visible in Google search results. In addition to this, as an online retailer, there are various legal frameworks that must be adhered to.

Will Nexthostingspace help if there is a problem?

Yes! If you need help, our tech support team is available 24/7, every day of the year. For tech support, you can contact us via email or over the phone. If you send an email, we’ll get back to you within 48 hours. For urgent problems, give us a call.

Are there different options to start building a site?

Yes. If you have certain requirements for the creation of your website that go beyond the features of 1&1 IONOS MyWebsite, we also offer solutions for professional web developers. Also, advanced users may want to get more out of a Content Management System (CMS). Below, you can find out all you need to know for designing your own website:

1. Choose your hosting option
There are a number of different options when it comes to web hosting. A good option for professionals may be to set up a private server that they administrate completely by themselves, while beginners may be more suited to web hosting packages that include security updates, and server maintenance. Whether you choose your own server or a web hosting solution, always ensure that your server performance and web space are well suited to your specific project or website.
Good to know: some web hosts offer managed to host and a 1-click installation of specialized hosting packages for well-known CMS that are tailored to the needs of specific applications.

2. Choose your domain 
To register a domain, contact a domain name registrar. You can also secure your new website address with Nexthostingspace; the domain checker tool allows you to see if your desired domain is still available. If your preferred domain has already been taken, check if the same second-level domain (website name) is available when combined with a different top level domain. For example: if www.example.com and www.example.za are not available, perhaps try other alternatives (.org, .net, .web, .online, etc.). In case you cannot find any suitable alternatives, it might be worth purchasing your desired domain from the owner.

3. Install CMS 
Once you’ve decided on a CMS, next you need to install the system on the web server. With an FTP program, you can access your web space and upload and install everything you need. Alternatively, many web hosting providers offer a so-called 1-click installation to set up your CMS. The installation is very simple and the provider takes care of everything for you.

4. Choose your design
once your CMS is set up, it is important to find the right layout for you. Ideally, the basic planning of your business website is already complete; otherwise, you need to consider your target group, the layout, and the exact content, sections, and structure of your site all at once.

Make sure to pay attention to the usability (user-friendliness) and the design of your site. A simple and intuitive navigation structure that leads to your offer is key to the usability of your site. Your site is user-friendly if visitors can navigate their way through your site with ease. A sophisticated design and the overall appearance of your site also determine the look and usability of your website.

Internet services and current web design trends offer inspiration for web design. Most CMS offer a diverse range of design templates and themes. CMS with a large community always offer a huge selection of free templates, allowing you to experiment with one first before you decide on it. The growing importance of responsive web design is also something to take into account; responsive sites automatically adjust to the display size of your device (PC desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone).

5. Create your content
Your website content totally depends on your target group. You need a good sense of what kind of content will appeal to your target group. An accurate target group analysis done in advance is always helpful. If the profitability of your site is of paramount importance, the evaluation of buyer personas will be particularly useful. In order to better market the products of your online shop, content marketing is advisable.

In any case, it is very important to ensure you have content for your website. The regular creation of content is essential to your website. The quality of your content is what sets you apart from your competitors, so make sure to pay attention to this. Images also have an important role in a site’s articles (especially for longer texts) as they attract attention and break up a text. Images can also be used for the illustration and structuring of your articles. If you do not have access to any images or illustrations, you can make use of the large selection of free image databases.

What skills do I need to create my own website?

Today, the web is almost everybody’s go-to resource when it comes to researching specific topics, products or services. For many companies, organizations or freelancers it has become paramount to have their own internet presence.
If you want to build your own website, there are many options. There is a wide selection of web design services for advanced users, professionals and beginners alike. Even without any prior knowledge of design, there are a number of tools available to assist you in making your own website. Before considering exactly how you will start, first think about what kind of site you are interested in – different sites serve different purposes. Some of the most common website formats are as follows:

Personal Website
Websites can be used to display a personal story or a family story. With such sites, it is common to explain one’s interests and career path with photos – and the themes are more often than not part of the administrator’s personal experience. In addition, personal websites are often created for special occasions (weddings, additions to the family, etc.). This type of website is often used as a diary that is viewable to the public.

Blog
A blog (long form: weblog) is a website that mostly publishes content in the style of a diary or a magazine. Similar to the private website option above, all content focuses on the blogger. However, in contrast to a private website, a blog usually centers on one specific theme or topic. In terms of blog content, there are almost no limits; common themes include popular culture, fashion, lifestyle, technology, or politics. With high-quality and sought-after content, texts suited to your target audience and appealing web design, it is easy to set up a successful blog that also earns money. The most common web applications for the creation of a blog are
wordpress.com, blogger.com,tumblr.com

Promotional Website
Some people use their website for professional purposes to upload their personal résumé, as well as including further information on their professional career and work samples. A link to your promotional website can make your application stand out from the crowd and act as testament to a forward-thinking and initiative-showing applicant – as long as it is well presented and aesthetically pleasing. To ensure that your personal data is not open to the public, keep your private documents (personal résumé, certificates, etc.) in a password-protected section of your website. This way, you simply have to send the password to the relevant person dealing with your application.

Online Store/Web Shop
E-Commerce is an integral part of everyday life for many people and an end to the online trading boom is nowhere in sight. For those wanting to create their own online shop, a fully-functioning website is of course required. In addition, there are a number of other aspects to take note of: before creating an online shop, it is important to first create a business plan. Other areas that need to be considered include the distribution of purchased goods and the search engine optimization (SEO) of the online shop in order to make it more visible in Google search results. In addition to this, as an online retailer, there are various legal frameworks that must be adhered to.

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