Free SSL Certificates
Free SSL Certificates From Let's Encrypt
SSL certificates encrypt the communication between your website visitor and the server. Considered as must-have only for ecommerce and corporate sites in the past, nowadays, having an SSL certificate is a requirement for any website. Starting from July 2018 with the release of Chrome version 68, Google’s browser started marking all HTTP sites as ‘Not Secure’. The same policy was later applied in all other major browsers. With this dominating trend, having an SSL certificate on your website has now become an absolute necessity. In fact, not having one could lead to a decreased page ranking on Google’s search results.
Most frequently asked questions and answers
In order to access the website over HTTPS, you need to have a personal SSL certificate installed for your domain. We offer free SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt, which can be activated from the Control Panel – SSL/HTTPS section. Note that once you have installed the certificate, you could either force the HTTP connections to your website or configure the application (on which your site is based) to work over HTTPS. To force the use of SSL, navigate to the Control Panel – SSL/HTTPS – Force HTTPS. Once you’ve done that, you should ensure that your website works correctly over HTTPS. Having mixed content errors is the most common issue. It happens when you load resources over plain HTTP, like images or fronts. You would have to update these links to HTTPS.
If you have problems switching your website to HTTPS, feel free to submit a ticket at SureSupport.com and our techs will do their best to assist you.
The Let’s Encrypt certificates adhere to the same security standards and provide the same level of encryption. Unlike commercial certificates, however, Let’s Encrypt certificates do not provide a warranty of misuse or mis-issuance, or additional features such as site seal.
Yes, you can enable free Let’s Encrypt certificates for all your domain names via the SSL/HTTPS -> Let’s Encrypt certificates section of the Control Panel. This should remove the SSL-related warnings if you access your site via one of your parked domain names over HTTPS.
For most browsers and operating systems, yes. See the compatibility list for more detail.
Let’s Encrypt certificates are standard Domain Validation certificates, so you can use them for any server that uses a domain name, like web servers, mail servers, FTP servers, and many more.
Email encryption and code signing require a different type of certificate that Let’s Encrypt does not issue.
Let’s Encrypt certificates are valid for 90 days. You can read about why here.
There is no way to adjust this, there are no exceptions. We recommend automatically renewing your certificates every 60 days.
Yes, the same certificate can contain several different names using the Subject Alternative Name (SAN) mechanism