Let’s Encrypt has revolutionised SSL certificates for people. You can now secure your website for free. In this guide, we are going to show you how to install a Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificate in cPanel.
What is Let’s Encrypt SSL?
You should see when you visit many websites, the green padlock in the address bar. This is caused by SSL, or as it’s known Secure Socket Layer. SSL creates a secure channel between two machines/devices operating of the internet or an internal network.
We provide SSL Certificates by GeoTrust, DigiCert, and Sectigo. These SSL certificates have annual charges associated with them. That’s why we recommend going with Let’s Encrypt, as the big advantage is they are free!
How to install a Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificate in cPanel
Let’s Encrypt is enabled by default as AutoSSL in all of our cPanel web servers. This means that automatically when your domain/website is set up, an SSL certificate will be assigned. The bulk task runs once a day to check any domains that do not have SSL.
If you find your domain or sub-domain does not have an SSL Certificate, follow the steps below –
- Login into your cPanel account, this can be done either via going to our Billing Panel or https://yourdomain.com.cpanel,
- In the Search Box, type SSL/TLS Status,
- Click SSL/TLS Status,
- Using the checkbox next to each domain, select the ones you wish to allocate an SSL certificate to,
- Once all have been selected, click Run AutoSSL,
- You’re done!
You may need to delete your browser cache to see the green padlock. We would recommend testing in Private Browsing / Incognito Mode to check to see if your SSL certificate has been successfully issued.