MediaTemple won’t give you support installing a 3rd Party SSL on their shared hosting GridServer product but it is straightforward and the savings can rack up over time if you compare their $75 a year charge for installing a certificate to adding one from NameCheap for as little as $9 a year.  That’s right, save $66 per year per domain with this alternate secure socket layer certificate for your website.

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Here are the steps to in install an SSL from NameCheap onto MediaTemple’s Gridserver. There are many steps but overall it’s an easy process and tutorial to follow:

  1. Purchase Comodo Positive SSL from NameCheap.
  2. Log in to Media Temple
  3. Go to Domain List and select the domain
  4. Select SSL Certificate under Alternate Domain Admin
    Alternate Domain Admin
  5. Generate the new Certificate Signing Request
    Generate New CSR
  6. Copy the CSR text.
  7. In NameCheap Manage the SSL
  8. Paste the CSR in the window at NameCheap
  9. Choose http verification
  10. Download the txt file from NameCheap from the details page but don’t click “done” yet at the bottom of the page. (There’s a link).
  11. Upload via SFTP (or FTP) to the root html directory of the site where you’re installing the SSL certificate.
  12. Check to make sure the file is visible on your domain at yourdomain.com/textfilename.txt
  13. Click the “done” button at NameCheap.
  14. In a few minutes you should receive an email from NameCheap with a zip file containing 2 files.
  15. In MediaTemple navigate to SSL Options for the selected domain.
  16. Select Import SSL.
  17. Open the 2 files from the NameCheap zip in a plain text editor or code editor.  Do NOT use a Word processing program such as Microsoft Word.
  18. Paste the text from www_yourdomain_com.crt in the middle window.
  19. Paste the text from www_yourdomain_com.ca-bundle in the bottom window.
  20. Import the certificate and Media Temple should immediately give you a success message.
  21. Check the SSL. You should see these all the way down the page.
  22. Clear your browser cache (or open an incognito window) (Shift-Command-N on the Mac using Chrome) and test https://www.yourdomain.com.
  23. Make the necessary changes to resources on the site which might be showing as insecure.  Use browser inspect to see which ones.
  24. Update Google Analytics, Google Search Console, etc with the new url.
  25. Eat Tacos.