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How do I get a free Let'sEncrypt SSL certificate for my domain?

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Powered by Lets Encrypt, Smart customers can apply a FREE SSL certificate to all domains under your hosting account. If you are trying to add a purchased SSL certificate to your domain you will need to follow the instructions below.

  1. Buy a certificate
  2. Activate the certificate
  3. Install the certificate
  4. Update your site to use HTTPS

Buy a certificate

You’ll need something that proves your website is your website – kind of like an ID Card for your site. This is accomplished by creating an SSL certificate. A certificate is simply a paragraph of letters and numbers that only your site knows, like a really long password. When people visit your site via HTTPS that password is checked, and if it matches, it automatically verifies that your website is who you say it is – and it encrypts everything flowing to and from it.

Technically this is something you can create yourself (called a ‘self-signed cert’), but all popular browsers check with “Certificate Authorities” (CA’s) which also have a copy of that long password and can vouch for you. In order to be recognized by these authorities, you must purchase a certificate through them.

Activate the certificate

If you’re activating the certificate yourself, the next step is to generate a CSR. It’s easiest to do this within your web hosting control panel – such as WHM or cPanel. Go to the SSL/TLS admin area and choose to “Generate an SSL certificate and Signing Request”.

“Host to make cert for” is your domain name, and the contact email can be blank. When you’ve filled it out, you’ll see 2 blocks with “Signing Request” and “Certificate”

Copy the first block of text. You’ll need this “CSR” to give to the SSL cert issuer so they can establish your identity. Login to your account or wherever you bought your certificate and activate it. Paste your CSR and any other fields needed. It will ask you for an approver email. This is an email address that proves you own the domain, ie webmaster@domain.com. If it doesn’t exist, you’ll need to create it so you can get the email that contains the final certificate. Follow the steps and when you are done that email address should have received the cert as a .crt file.

Install the certificate

Your web host may also do this step for you too – check with them before proceeding. This can get complicated and if you can wait 1-2 days it may be best to let them do it.

If you’re installing up the certificate yourself, this is the easiest step you’ll ever do. You have the certificate in hand, all you need to do is paste it into your web host control panel. If you’re using WHM.CPanel, click the “Install an SSL Certificate” from under the SSL/TLS menu.

Paste it into the first box and hit submit. That’s it! Now try to access your site via https://www.domain.com – you should be secure!

Update your site to use HTTPS

At this point if you go to https://yoursite.com you should see it load! Congrats, you’ve successfully installed SSL and enabled the HTTPS protocol! But your visitors aren’t protected just yet, you need to make sure they’re accessing your site through HTTPS!

Keep in mind that you typically only need to protect a few pages, such as your login or cart checkout. If you enable HTTPS on pages where the user isn’t submitting sensitive data on there, it’s just wasting encryption processing and slowing down the experience. Identify the target pages and perform one of the two methods below.

You can update all links to the target pages to use the HTTPS links. In other words, if there’s a link to your cart on your home page, update that link to use the secure link. Do this for all links on all pages pointing to the sensitive URLs.

Another server-side approach is to use mod-rewrite. This won’t require you to change any of your website files, but will need you to modify your apache configuration.

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