SSL connection error - ubuntu / apache

  • Posted on October 22, 2014
  • jwbAsked by jwb


Apologies first of all, because I basically have no idea what I’m doing, so please be patient with me!

I’ve just started up a new droplet which has Ubuntu / Apache and Wordpress on and I got a free .me domain and PositiveSSL cert from namecheap (using the Github student pack) …but unfortunately I’m having issues with the SSL setup.

I followed the comodo guide for obtaining a .csr + .key (, opened/copy/pasted the csr into namecheap’s application box, and went though the process of obtaining the certificate files from comodo. I enabled the a2enmod ssl thing, and finally followed Comodo’s guide to install the certificate and .key ( before restarting apache.

…Unfortunately, no matter what I seem to do, I can’t seem to find anything that fixes my issue, or I just fail to understand what people are talking about when searching through google.

The only changes that I basically made were adding the certificate/key files to /etc/ssl/ssl.key and ssl.crt folders that I created, and also editing the /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/default-ssl.conf to change the file names / locations.

So, I’m kinda stumped, I don’t know if there’s something I’ve missed, or whatever, but any help would be much appreciated, Thanks!

p.s. The error I get when trying to connect to OR (as the certificate covers both) using chrome, is:

Unable to make a secure connection to the server. This may be a problem with the server, or it may be requiring a client authentication certificate that you don't have.
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Hi. I had the same problem - wanted to secure the phpmyadmin page. Turned out that the default-ssl.conf was not enabled by default (the apache2 default configuration for https pages).

To fix this run: a2ensite default-ssl.conf Don’t forget to: service apache2 reload

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