How do I obtain an SSL certificate for customers on partial (CNAME) setup?

This article addresses SSL verification for customer domains added through a Cloudflare Hosting Partner.


To receive an SSL certificate, proxy traffic through Cloudflare. The SSL certificate will be automatically issued within a few minutes.

Pausing Cloudflare or disabling the proxy will prevent SSL certificate provisioning

Currently, HTTP is the only officially supported domain validation method for SSL certificates for domains on a partial setup activated via a hosting provider. Cloudflare will add DNS as an alternative validation method (DCV) at a later date.

If you would like to complete validation using HTTP without proxying through Cloudflare, this is accomplished via the Cloudflare API.  Reach out to partnersupport@cloudflare.com if you need assistance.

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