Free Let’s Encrypt Wildcard SSL

Free Let's Encrypt Wildcard SSL

Starting from today, all SiteGround customers can get a free Let’s Encrypt Wildcard SSL. This will make the setup and maintenance of websites with subdomains much easier, as they can now be encrypted with a single certificate. All it takes is a few clicks in our updated Let’s Encrypt interface in the cPanel. Ever since we heard that Let’s Encrypt plan to launch free Wildcard SSL, we’ve been eagerly waiting for this and we are proud to be among the first hosting companies to successfully integrate the new SSL in their platform. We strongly believe that global adoption of SSL certificates makes the Internet a more secure place.

Let’s Encrypt and SiteGround

Today’s launch is a logical step in our ongoing effort to encourage all SiteGround customers to use the secure HTTPS protocol. This process started in 2016 with SiteGround being among the first hosts backing up the Let’s Encrypt initiative. Then we provided an interface, where our customers could issue the standard single domain Let’s Encrypt SSL. In 2017 we went even further and started to automatically install this certificate on every domain hosted with us. Today, we are happy to offer the new Wildcard Let’s Encrypt certificate too. The Wildcard option was added to our interface just 2 weeks after it was officially launched by Let’s Encrypt.

Should you use SSL? Definitely yes!

Why use SSL? Basically, because it makes browsing more secure. However, this reason has been around since SSLs existed and yet sites with HTTPS across all pages wasn’t very common till recently. Today things are different because even if you don’t care that much about your own website security, Google does. HTTP sites will lose rankings, compared to HTTPS ones. In July Chrome will start displaying a warning that non-HTTPS sites aren’t secure, which will quickly scare away visitors. These are some of the reasons why we started to install the standard Let’s Encrypt SSL and encourage its use in the first place.

What is Wildcard SSL and how to get it?

The Wildcard SSL is different from the standard SSL because it secures the traffic not only for your primary domain name, but for all of its subdomains as well (e.g. sub.domain.com). This is particularly useful for websites with different sections divided by subdomains (like online stores, websites with message boards, chats, etc). With a standard SSL you need to install a separate domain certificate for each subdomain, and with Wildcard you can secure them with a single certificate. This makes setting up and maintaining a website with multiple subdomains much easier.

Note that the standard Let’s Encrypt certificate is perfectly fine, if you do not use subdomains. SiteGround will continue to automatically install this type of certificate for every new domain name. However, every SiteGround customer can upgrade existing Let’s Encrypt standard certificates or install new Wildcard ones in the Let’s Encrypt Tool, located in your cPanel. All Let’s Encrypt Wildcard certificates and installations remain absolutely free.

Let’s Encrypt vs Premium SSLs

Even though we now offer Let’s Encrypt Wildcard SSL for free, we will continue to provide Premium EV and Wildcard SSL certificates through GlobalSign for the customers who need them. While Let’s Encrypt is an excellent alternative for informational and personal websites, bigger organisations and ecommerce websites may want to take into consideration the Premium SSLs, which come with dynamic seals, extended validation options and underwritten warranty of between $10 000 and $1 500 000.

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11 Comments

  1. Reply June 20, 2018 / 07:00 Fernando SalingSiteGround Team

    Hello, Monika!
    SiteGround, its support and Let's Encrypt is excellent!

  2. Reply July 22, 2018 / 23:49 BazarBitSiteGround Team

    Great article

  3. Reply August 19, 2018 / 09:46 Scott MunsonSiteGround Team

    But here it says it's $90 a year?

    https://www.siteground.com/ssl_certificates.htm

    • Reply August 21, 2018 / 03:27 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Please, check the page carefully. That's a different certificate. Let's Encrypt is free and available for all customers.

      • January 3, 2019 / 10:02 BillSiteGround Team

        How can I seamlessly transfer from my current paid Premium Wildcard to the new free Let's Encrypt option?

      • January 4, 2019 / 04:46 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

        Basically, you cancel your current subscription and issue a new certificate. You can contact our support via the Help Desk to get additional assistance on that matter.

  4. Reply October 3, 2018 / 11:06 Brian MitchellSiteGround Team

    Thanks for the info on Wildcard vs. Standard SSL's. I am incredibly grateful for Siteground's leadership and early adoption in the Let's Encrypt initiative.

    Are there any plans for auto-renewal on Let's Encrypt for Siteground Dedicated Servers? cPanel has been offering AutoSSL as an extension for WHM for about two years. However I am not able to get it on my Siteground Dedicated Server with GoGeek features.

    It is a real hassle having to manually request renewal on all my SSL's every 3 months. Any info on adding this feature is greatly appreciated.

    • Reply October 4, 2018 / 00:54 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      That's on our road map and I hope it will be available for our Dedicated server users soon!

    • Reply October 16, 2018 / 09:55 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Hey, we started adding the tool for new servers and patching old ones. Do you mind mailing me at Hristo.p [at] sitegrond.com with the main domain of your dedicated server because I couldn't find one using the blog comment info.

  5. Reply January 4, 2019 / 12:04 DebbieSiteGround Team

    Thanks for the article! As a non-profit, we are very appreciative for your service and support. I just installed the Let's Encrypt Wildcard SSL (whiterocklake.org) and got a message that it's in the install queue. How long does it take before the certificate is effective?

    Thanks!

    • Reply January 7, 2019 / 03:31 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      It should take just few minutes!

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