I am rehosting my secure site to “fully hosted” Dreamhost (DH) from Surpasshosting (SPH).
I have 10 months left on the Godaddy ssl cert, so will rehost the Godaddy cert also, who is also the registrar.
I want to minimize rehosting down time.
I have pre-created the domain on DH, but nameservers are still pointing to SPH.
QUESTIONS - before I do anything to the cert:
I need to “Add Secure Hosting” in DH. WILL THIS WORK IF nameservers are still pointing to SPH, or do I have to cut over the nameservers first?
My understanding is I need to generate a NEW CSR from DH, and use this to RE-KEY the Godaddy cert, then download the crt/bundle zip file to install/submit to/on DH (not sure of that procedure yet - SPH support installed these for me). Is this install of the cert/bundle done during the “Add Secure Hosting” steps? OR can I do this later?
a - will gen’ing a new CSR on DH affect anything by just creating it since namesrvs are not pointing to DH yet? But is there a behind the scene update at the Cert Authority? (I’m thinking not but don’t know if they maintain a master DB who’s who that’s live against certs).
b - Not knowing the procedure (the panel does not pre-explain steps “adding Secure Hosting” will entail), what are the steps? I’m sure it’s somewhere in the WIKI, but ever hear of the phrase “too much information”?
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As a NEW USER at Dreamhost, I my wish list on this critical process would be a wizard approach that had pre-instructions:
A. asking if this is a NEW site or RE-HOSTING a site?
B. if RE-HOSTING asking “if” NameServer has been cut over to DH yet (so this again would be a Y/N question if is required (I don’t know if it’s required).
C. asking if you have you own cert or are buying from DH?
Thanks for any help by anyone!