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.