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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?

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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 '18 at 20:29
  • Buy a domain name. (Or use one you already own.) Make a subdomain for Plesk it you want. – grawity Jan 16 '18 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 '18 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. – grawity Jan 17 '18 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 '18 at 1:15

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