Today, security and privacy is even more important than ever, and more and more are choosing to encrypt their website traffic using SSL certificates. We are very pleased to announce that all of our shared, reseller and semi-dedicated hosting servers now provide access to free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates straight from within cPanel. In just a few clicks, and in a matter of seconds, you can enable and configure a free SSL certificate on your website!
What is Let’s Encrypt?
Let’s Encrypt is an upcoming certificate authority to be launched in late 2015 that will provide free Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) certificates via an automated process designed to eliminate the current complex process of manual creation and installation of certificates for secure websites.
Essentially, Let’s Encrypt (currently) provide free SSL certificates using a quick and easy process that anyone can take advantage of. These certificates are recognised by most common browsers today.
How does it work?
By configuring the certificate within cPanel, Let’s Encrypt will issue a quarterly (3 month) certificate to the domain name(s) you specify. Every 3 months this certificate will automatically renew, unless you no longer require the certificate and choose to manually remove it. Presently, there is no charge for using Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates and there are no immediate or obvious plans for Let’s Encrypt to begin charging for this service. You simply configure the certificate within cPanel and are then able to visit your website using the https:// prefix.
How does Let’s Encrypt compare to commercial or paid for SSL certificates?
From a technical perspective, Let’s Encrypt certificates and commercial SSL certificates achieve almost the same thing. There are, however, some significant differences you need to be aware of. We strongly invite you to read the following Quora question on the subject, which may provide a better insight into the differences: https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-Lets-Encrypt-and-a-Commercial-Certificate-Authority-GoDaddy-etc
In short; if you want a quick and easy way of getting your website SSL secured for privacy or security reasons, Let’s Encrypt is a fantastic free option for you. If you are an online retailer, or otherwise require the security, warranty and support of a commercial certificate, that may be a better option for you.
Are there any limits/How many certificates may I have?
You may, of course, only have one certificate active on a specific domain name at a time. There are no restrictions on how many domain names you may use Let’s Encrypt certificates with, and they will also work on addon and/or subdomains within your account.
Are there any other benefits?
Previously, when using SSL encrypted e-mail, you would need to use the server hostname in the incoming and outgoing server fields to prevent any certificate error warnings from appearing. With the Let’s Encrypt system and a valid Let’s Encrypt certificate on your domain, users should be able to switch to using their own hostnames (such as mail.yourdomain.tld) without a certificate warning.
How do I get started?
For your convenience, we have written a Knowledgebase Article that details the steps you can follow in order to configure and install a Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate on your domain(s). To view the Knowledgebase Article, please click the following link: https://www.thiswebhost.com/clients/knowledgebase.php?action=displayarticle&id=594
We hope that this change is beneficial for you and your client(s). As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns or feedback regarding this change; please respond to this blog post.