I created an SSL cert with AWS Certificate Manager. I followed the instructions provided to create a CNAME in GoDaddy, but my AWS Certificate status is still "Pending validation" six hours later.

I configured godaddy as such:

host: _randomStringFromAWS.mydomain.com
points to: _randomStringFromAWS.acm-validations.aws

The "host" came from the AWS "Record Name" field and the "points to" came from the AWS "Record Value" field.

Should the "host" in GoDaddy be filled with the "Domain Name" field from AWS (eg. *.mydomain.com)?

Can AWS Certificate Manager be used with GoDaddy for SSL?

  • Should the "host" in GoDaddy be filled with the "Domain Name" Probably not. It depends on the UI, but most likely, it should just be _randomStringFromAWS on the left-hand side. Otherwise, you're creating a record for _randomStringFromAWS.example.com.example.com. Commented Jun 29, 2018 at 0:29
  • The above comment seems to be the right answer. More cases here
    – totalhack
    Commented Nov 10, 2020 at 1:59

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AWS ACM certificates can only be used to secure connections for specific AWS services such as CloudFront CDN or ELBs as documented here: https://docs.aws.amazon.com/acm/latest/userguide/acm-services.html.

Note that it's possible to have your DNS zone hosted outside of Amazon (Go Daddy in your example) and still utilize Amazon services including ACM.

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