In December 2015 the new certificate authority Let’s Encrypt entered Public Beta and caused a wave of excitement. The groundbreaking news meant that website owners can obtain security certificates for their websites for free instead of paying for traditional SSL certificates and install them much easier. Naturally since then many of you have asked us when we would introduce the certificates on our hosting platform. For all of you who have been eagerly awaiting this moment, we are happy to say that Let’s Encrypt certificates are now available at SiteGround!
What you should know about Let’s Encrypt
Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority (CA) that issues domain-validated security certificates. The main goal of the project, which SiteGround proudly sponsors, is to make encryption ubiquitous on the web so that all web browsing becomes safer.
The key benefits of the Let’s Encrypt certificates are:
- easy installation
- no validation emails are sent
- no dedicated IP required (which is extra money)
- trusted by all major browsers
- auto renewable
How to use Let’s Encrypt at SiteGround
We have created an interface in the cPanel for easy install and management of your Let’s Encrypt certificates. (To learn how to use it, see our Let’s Encrypt cPanel tutorial.) You can have multiple certificates installed on your account for each domain and subdomain you want. The certificates auto renew unless you choose to cancel them through the cPanel interface. Please note that the Let’s Encrypt interface is currently deployed for shared hosting accounts. Customers with cloud accounts and dedicated servers with geeky setup can post a support ticket if they wish to get a certificate before we have completed the deployment there, which is coming up shortly.
UPDATE: Let’s Encrypt interface is already deployed on all SiteGround servers. If you need additional information about the certificates you can refer to the Let’s Encrypt section of our knowledge base.