Creating a Public SSL/TLS Certificate in AWS Certificate Manager

If you plan to make the communication of your site visitors to be secure by using HTTPS then you need to use Public SSL/TLS Certificate. You can do this by requesting for a Public Certificate via AWS Certificate Manager (ACM).

Below are the advantages of using Public SSL/TLS Certificate provided by AWS Certificate Manager.

  • No charges = Free.
  • Auto renew – No need to worry on expiring SSL/TLS Certificate. ACM Automatically does this for you.
  • Easy integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) products such as CloudFront, Elastic Load Balancer, API Gateway and many more.

Check the step-by-step guide on how you can request a Public SSL/TLS Certificate for HTTPS access of your website/domain.

Requesting for a Public SSL/TLS Certificate

Login to AWS Console and head to AWS Certificate Manager.

Note: AWS Certificate Manager is a regional service, therefore make sure to be in the correct AWS Region. If you are new to AWS just select N. Virginia (us-east-1) as it is one of the cheapest regions.

On the AWS Certificate Manager page, click on Get started.

On the next screen, make sure to select the Request a public certificate, then click on Request a certificate.

Under Add domain names. Enter the following.

*.[Your Domain]
Example:
*.chargedneutron.com
The * represents a wildcard. This will allow you to use the SSL Certificate to any subdomains that you want like www.domain.com, images.domain.com, sites.domain.com, mobile.domain.com
[Your Domain]
Example:
chargedneutron.com
Apex Domain or Naked Domain Name. Your domain name without subdomains. Use this if you do not want to use www in front of your website.

Then click on Next.

Select DNS Validation, then click on Review.

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Using GoDaddy Domain in AWS Route 53

To easily GoDaddy Domains with Amazon Web Services (AWS) products such as Elastic Load Balancers, CloudFront, API Gateway, etc., you will need to associate your domain with AWS Route 53.

Follow the step-by-step tutorial below on how to associate your GoDaddy Domain to Amazon Route 53.

For the purpose of demonstration, I will be using my sample domain name – chargedneutron.com.

Setup AWS Route 53 Hosted Zone

Login to AWS Console and then go to Amazon Route 53.

On the welcome screen of Route 53, click on Get started now.

Amazon Route 53 Welcome Screen

Click on Create Hosted Zone.

Click again on Create Hosted Zone.

A sidebar will show asking for you to input the following details about your domain.

Domain Name:[Name of your Domain in GoDaddy] (Required)
Comment:[Put your comment here]
Type:Public Hosted Zone

Then click on Create.

You will then be redirected to the Hosted Zone Record Set page. Two entries are automatically created, NS and SOA Type.

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