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Understanding certs a bit better

Bad boy Warrior

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Im a little grey on this and trying to get a better understanding as i dont do this but keen to learn. I have googled this but i think this needs human intervention.

I have a site running on http. I now need to convert it to https, so the certificate is ordered and they send the cert to the registered user (-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE----- to -----END CERTIFICATE-----) of the domain. I have the private key.

So who would do what on a server (dont worry about the server version and steps)? I'm trying to understand what would need to be with the cert and private key, some mention .key files and other mention pfx but i would like a better understanding at which stage these files are needed and for what reason?

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