Reissuing an SSL Certificate / Revoking an Old Certificate

In this article, we'll show you how to reissue an SSL certificate and then revoke the old certificate.

You may need to manually reissue your SSL certificate in the following circumstances:

  • A new version of the certificate is available that includes features such as an improved signature algorithm or an increase in the encryption level.
  • The private key of your SSL certificate has been compromised.
  • The private key of a user-managed SSL certificate has been lost.
Please Note
  • You can reissue the free SSL Starter Wildcard certificates as often as you like.
  • The other SSL certificate types can be reissued up to 6 times a year.

Reissuing an SSL Certificate

  • Log in to IONOS. If you are already logged in, this link will redirect you to the Manage your SSL Certificates page. Otherwise, click on the Domains & SSL tile in the My Products section, and select SSL Certificates in the Portfolio panel on the right.
  • Click the gear icon to the right of your SSL Certificate and select Reissue SSL Certificate.
  • If you reissued a user-managed SSL Certificate, click Download Private Key.

    Hint: With IONOS-managed SSL certificates, this step is omitted because the newly issued certificate is automatically installed on your webspace and is therefore immediately active.
  • It normally only takes up to a few minutes for the newly issued certificate to become active. As soon as a check mark appears in the Status column, you can begin to revoke the old certificate as described in the next section.

    Hint: As long as you do not revoke the old SSL certificate, you cannot reissue the certificate.

Revoking the Old SSL Certificate

  • Click the gear icon to the right of your SSL Certificate and select Revoke Old Certificate.

  • You will then receive an email from the certification body asking you to confirm your revocation. To complete the process, click on the confirmation link included in the email.