I am currently in the process of securing a VPS of mine, with the Let's Encrypt SSL Certificate.

Referring to the below image, was is required, when 'The domain name must resolve to your server'? Should I enter one of the domains that are on the VPS, in the format of www.domain.com or should I enter the VPS IP Address?

enter image description here

1 Answer 1


You need to enter the exact name used by your visitors. As far as I understand it, the page talks about securing Plesk itself – not your actual websites – so naturally it would be the domain name you use for accessing Plesk.

  • For example, if you are setting up SSL for https://plesk.example.com/, then input plesk.example.com in this field.

  • If you will be using https://www.example.com:8443/, then enterwww.example.com`.

(Yes, it has to be a name. Although technically bare IP addresses are possible, most CAs won't issue certificates for them.)

  • Thank you for your response. I enter an IP address, in order to access the VPS. How can I generate/find out its named alternative?
    – Craig
    Jan 16, 2018 at 20:29
  • Buy a domain name. (Or use one you already own.) Make a subdomain for Plesk it you want.
    – user1686
    Jan 16, 2018 at 20:44
  • A sub domain? Would I then enter the sub domain or the existing IP address when accessing Plesk, in the future?
    – Craig
    Jan 16, 2018 at 20:51
  • If you want to use HTTPS with the new certificate you must use the matching (sub)domain name. If you use plain http, it doesn't matter.
    – user1686
    Jan 17, 2018 at 7:33
  • Thank you for your time with your answer. Ever since obtaining my VPS, only it's IP address was ever communicated; hence my confusion over a VPS Domain name for the Plesk Control Panel, since even my hosting company had to be pushed to reveal its name.
    – Craig
    Jan 19, 2018 at 1:15

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.