Alternative Methods of Domain Control ValidationAlternative Methods of Domain Control Validation
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What is Domain Control Validation (DCV) & Alternative Methods of Domain Control Validation

Domain Control Validation (DCV) is used by the CA before issuing an SSL certificate to verify the person making the request is in fact authorized to use the domain related to that request. Nexcess uses Comodo as their CA exclusively.

Before a certificate can be issued, the certificate applicant needs to confirm the domain ownership rights. With the implementation of the new Account Panel, you have an opportunity to select several methods of domain control validation (DCV) during the certificate activation.

3 Alternative Methods of Domain Control Validation (DCV):

  1. Email Validation
  2. HTTP-Based Validation
  3. DNS-Based Validation
  • Email Validation

You will be sent an email to an administrative contact for your domain. The email will contain a unique validation code and link. Clicking the link and entering the code will prove domain control. Due to regulations of Certificate Authorities, it is only possible to use either a domain whois record or one of the following domain-related generic emails to receive an approver email:,,, or

  • HTTP-Based Validation

In HTTP-Based Validation method you need to upload activation file to the following directory of your site:

  • DNS-Based Validation

In DNS-based validation method you need to create a certain CNAME record in the DNS settings of your domain.

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