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Free SSL Certificate Let's Encrypt in cPanel

Let's Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority brought to you by the non-profit Internet Security Research Group (ISRG).

The Let's Encrypt plugin allows cPanel to automatically provision sites that do not already have valid Certificate Authority (CA)-signed SSL certificates with Let's Encrypt SSL certificate.

Let's Encrypt is a global Certificate Authority (CA).

Let's Encrypt offers only Domain Validation (DV) certificates. People and organizations around the world can obtain, renew, and manage SSL/TLS certificates without being charged any fee (of course, donations are accepted with gratitude).

Let's Encrypt certificates are standard Domain Validation certificates, so you can use them for any server that uses a domain name, like web servers, mail servers, FTP servers, and many more.

Let's Encrypt certificates are valid for 90 days and it is recommended automatically renewing your certificates every 60 days.

Install Let's Encrypt SSL Certificate in cPanel

To enter Let's Encrypt interface go to cPanel > Security and click Let's Encrypt SSL link:

Let's Encrypt SSL link in cPanel

From the list of domains in your cPanel account, select the site where you will install the certificate and click Issue link:

Issue link to install the certificate

Refine the selection on the next screen and click the Issue button:

Refine the domain selection

Within a minute the certificate is installed and a confirmation message will appear:

The SSL certificate is now installed onto the domain *hostpulse-demo.com* using the IP address *11.22.33.44*. Apache is restarting in the background.

Usually, it takes a few minutes for the certificate to propagate and enable your website to be accessed through HTTPS:

A padlock icon to indicate protected site

All installed certificates are listed in a table within Let's Encrypt SSL interface:

Table with all installed certificates

If you click on Remove or Reinstall links you'll be redirected to a new screen where to confirm the chosen action by clicking a corresponding button.

You can view/copy PEM-Encoded Certificate if you click the View link.

Conclusion

Since Google made it clear that HTTPS is no longer an option but a necessity for any website to achieve a top ranking, the opportunity to install free Let's Encrypt SSL certificate is a chance you do not want to miss for any of your important sites.

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