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
- How do algorithms work?
- How does file approver work in the request of an SSL certificate?
- Reissue SSL certificate
- What are cipher suites?
- What is a CAA record?
- What is a common name?
- What is a CSR?
- What is a private key and what is a public key?
- What is a root certificate?
- What is a wildcard certificate?