Free SSLs enabled for websites
SSL Certificates have become an important feature for websites, specifically in a commercial setting, ever since Google declared that a secure HTTPS connection would be a ranking factor as well as them beginning to flag all non-HTTPS pages as "insecure" later in 2017.
This undoubtedly has caused an increased demand for SSL Certificates and has convinced the SSL providers to reconsider pricing certificates to make them affordable to the public.
However, a public authority aimed at providing an all-free SSL solution was being formed named LetsEncrypt. We have now adopted their approach on our platforms as well.
What is Let's Encrypt?
Introduced in 2016, Let's Encrypt is a free open certificate authority providing website owners with digital certificated for enabling HTTPS on their websites.
These certificates are free to use, automatic in the setup process, and secure by use of the latest security practices.
What is the difference in a Let's Encrypt certificate and a regular SSL certificate?
Just like a regular certificate, the Let's Encrypt certificates offer basic SSL encryption (ie: give site visitors assurance that they are exchanging their information with the website displayed in the URL bar and it cannot be eavesdropped on). Let's Encrypt is also recognized by all major browsers. So it offers enough assurance to your visitors to feel comfortable with.
However, as a business entity you may also need a certain security guarantee against online abuses and this is where commercial SSLs kick in.
Here are the big differences:
• Warranty: Let’s Encrypt certificates do not include a warranty against misuse or mis-issuance, whereas regular SSLs do. While this may not be a problem for smaller websites, for larger organizations most probably will.
• Wildcard Certificates: Let’s Encrypt does not offer wildcard or multi-domain certificates, whereas traditional CAs usually do.
• Validity Period: Let’s Encrypt certificates are only valid for 90 days and must be renewed before they expire. Most regular SSL certificates are valid for at least one year. HTTPS site owners can also choose a longer validity period (3, 5, etc. years). On our platform, Let’s Encrypt certificates are renewed automatically, so you won’t have to worry about that.
• Support: Let’s Encrypt does not offer assistance with creating or installing SSL certificates. Only community help is available.This can be an issue for organizations that need to quickly equip their business sites with an SSL. However, this could be easily curbed with a quick re-generation and re-installation of the problematic Let’s Encrypt SSL.
How to enable it on your HostingMy.net hosted website easily:
We have made the Let's Encrypt SSL installation a breeze with a few clicks of a button in order to provide everyone with this service with no frustration.
First go to the domains section of your website control panel.
From there, click on "Edit Domain"
Then click on SSL Certificates from the drop-down menu
The "Request Let's Encrypt SSL" option is located at the bottom of the list. Once you've selected the Let's Encrypt option, just click on the "Edit Host" button and allow a few seconds for the certificate to be generated.
That is it! Now your website will show a Let's Encrypt SSL icon on the domain list.
If you have any issues with this process, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.