Rekey my Certificate

Rekeying your SSL certificate requires accusing your current web server and your SSL provider dashboard. The process will create a new private key for the certificate, which is important for encryption and decryption of data transiting your website.

  • Step 1. Generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) on your web server. The process for this will vary depending on the web server you are using (e.g. Apache, Nginx, Microsoft IIS).
  • Step 2. Log in to the control panel for the service provider which issued your SSL Certificate and select “Rekey your certificate.
  • Step 3. You can then paste your new CSR into the corresponding field then save the changes made.

Remember that the rekey process only issues new private keys for the SSL. You will still need to download the new SSL certificate and install it on your server. You must complete the process within 72 hours of the rekey.

When to Rekey your SSL Certificate

You should rekey SSL certificates if:

  • The domain name associated with the SSL certificate changes.
  • You want to amend the SSL certificate’s issuing organization.
  • You are transferring a website to a new server.
  • Your server crashes.
  • The private key is somehow lost.



Working in the web hosting industry for over 13 years, Rado has inevitably got some insight into the industry. A digital marketer by education, Rado is always putting himself in the client's shoes, trying to see what's best for THEM first. A man of the fine detail, you can often find him spending 10+ minutes wondering over a missing comma or slightly skewed design.

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