How to configure your free Let's Encrypt SSL certificate

Modified on Sat, 16 Oct 2021 at 10:44 AM

Thanks to the latest update of DirectAdmin (version 1.50.0) it is possible to have your own free SSL certificate using Letsencrypt. As we support at the secure web, we have immediately enabled this feature for all of our web hosting clients. If you have a managed VPS with us, please contact us to enable this feature. If you have an unmanaged VPS with DirectAdmin, please click here to configure your VPS for a free SSL certificate.

Make sure that you are logged in to DirectAdmin before you proceed.

  1. Go to "Domain Setup".
  2. Select the domain where you want to add SSL encryption.
  3. Enable "Secure SSL".
  4. Click on "Save".
  5. Go to "Home" and click on "SSL Certificates".
  6. Select the radio button in front of the three radio buttons where "Free & automatic certificate from Let's Encrypt" is one of them.
  7. Select the radio button "Free & automatic certificate from Let's Encrypt"
  8. Fill in the required information. Make sure that Key Size is set to 4096 and certificate type to SHA256 in order to have the maximum security.
  9. Select the domains where you want to enable Let's Encrypt for.
  10. Click on "Save".
    DirectAdmin takes care of requesting, validating and installing the certificate. A Let's encrypt certificate is only valid for 90 days, but DirectAdmin will renew this automatically for you.

Why can you not activate this for all my domains automatically?

As a security precaution Let's encrypt has limited the amount of requests we can send per 3 hours. Unfortunately, we can only SSL certificates for 10 domains per 3 hours. If you get an error message that we have reached this limit, we advice you to try it later again. We can not control the limit that is maintained by Let's encrypt.

Can I still use paid certificates?

It is still possible to use paid certificates, although they may not always be necessary.

How can I use a free certificate without a dedicated IP?
We use the SNI implementation for SSL for those who do not have a dedicated IP. This enables SSL for your website for most modern devices. You can find more information regarding SNI here.

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