Setting Up an SSL Certificate Managed by 1&1 IONOS ( SSL Business / SSL Business Wildcard)

For Web Hosting

You can set up your SSL certificate easily in 1&1 IONOS. After the setup process, the SSL certificate is issued to the desired domain, installed in your webspace, and automatically activated.

This applies to the following

  • Your package contains an uninstalled SSL certificate of the type:
    GeoTrust True BusinessID (SSL Business) or
    GeoTrust True BusinessID Wildcard (SSL Business Wildcard).
  • Your domain and the website to be secured are in the same hosting package.
  • Your domain is ready (Status: Active).

Setting Up SSL Certificates

Step 1

Log on to 1&1 IONOS and select the relevant contract.

Step 2

In the Domains pane, click Manage SSL Certificates.

Step 3

In certificate management, click the SSL certificate with the status Not set up.

Step 4

Under Domain Assignment, select the domain (or subdomain) to which the SSL certificate is to be issued.

Step 5

Check the details of your company and adjust them if necessary.

Make sure that the company and technical contact details are correct as the certification authority will attempt to contact them during the authentication process.

Please note: Any change in the company's name that is made at this point will also be transmitted to the WHOIS database and will therefore be publicly visible.

Step 6

Read the terms of use and confirm them by checking the box. Then click Set up SSL Certificate.

The SSL certificate is now applied for at the certification authority GeoTrust and installed automatically in your webspace after successful validation. Hint: You can check the setup status at any time in the certificate management by clicking on the certificate.

Stages of Validation - Briefly Explained

Validation by the certification body takes place in several steps:

  • Company Authentication: The Certification Authority (GeoTrust) matches the company name, registration and security status of the company specified in the Certificate Signing Request with the appropriate registration authority of the country, state or (in some cases) the jurisdiction of the city. Public information is also looked up on the Internet.
  • Domain Authentication: The certification authority checks whether the domain name in question is registered on the registered company name in a publicly accessible WHOIS database. If the domain name is not registered for the registered company name, alternative options are available:
    - A legally valid proof can be provided - proof of usage rights for the domain name can be provided or any additional valid documents can be provided.
  • Telephone Verification: As final identity authentication, the certification authority calls the company contact specified in the domain whois. The call can also be answered by another person in the company.

    If the certification authority does not reach anyone, either a voice message will be left on the contact's answering machine or an email will be sent by GeoTrust with further instructions. This includes information on how to contact the certification body to complete the verification.