A common name is the hostname for which an SSL certificate is requested. The exact common name can differ between types of SSL certificate. Most commonly, the common name is the full hostname, such as ‘www.yourdomainname.com’. In the case of a wildcard, the common name is ‘*.yourdomainname.com’. For non-web applications of the SSL protocol, such as email, the common name is usually the full email address, such as ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’.
Articles in this section
- Reissue SSL certificate
- How does file approver work in the request of an SSL certificate?
- How do algorithms work?
- What is a root certificate?
- What is an intermediate certificate?
- What is HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS)?
- What is the difference between DV, OV and EV certificates?
- What is a common name?
- What is DANE and DNSSEC?
- What is a CSR?