How to add Free SSL Certificates to WP Engine

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Our favorite host (WP Engine) has now added the ability to easily add free SSL certificates  from Let’s Encrypt, to your WordPress sites and your WordPress client sites. Check out our how to video below!

How to add Free SSL Certificates to WP Engine

How to add Free SSL Certificates to WP Engine

Update / Disclaimer: You do need to be a WP Engine customer to utilize this. Sign up here so we can buy some free coffee (aff) or here for no love

  1. Login to your WP Engine hosting account
  2. Click the Install that you want to add a free SSL Certificate from Let’s Encrypt
  3. Select the domain name or names that you want to include
  4. Read the terms of service which is short compared to others.
  5. Click agree
  6. Next, a support ticket is created and WP Engine support will contact you when you are ready to go!

WP Engine is our number choice for WordPress hosting. Press Avenue is hosted with WP Engine and we love them! More info here

Additional WordPress Business Ideas:

  • Offer hosting that offers free SSLs to your clients promising both security and value, win-win
  • Offer to set up certificates for your WordPress business clients
  • Secure you websites to comply with the changes Google has announced for Chrome in version 58

More About Let’s Encrypt

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Learn more here

Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority (CA), run for the public’s benefit. It is a service provided by theInternet Security Research Group (ISRG).

We give people the digital certificates they need in order to enable HTTPS (SSL/TLS) for websites, for free, in the most user-friendly way we can. We do this because we want to create a more secure and privacy-respecting Web.

The key principles behind Let’s Encrypt are:

  • Free: Anyone who owns a domain name can use Let’s Encrypt to obtain a trusted certificate at zero cost.
  • Automatic: Software running on a web server can interact with Let’s Encrypt to painlessly obtain a certificate, securely configure it for use, and automatically take care of renewal.
  • Secure: Let’s Encrypt will serve as a platform for advancing TLS security best practices, both on the CA side and by helping site operators properly secure their servers.
  • Transparent: All certificates issued or revoked will be publicly recorded and available for anyone to inspect.
  • Open: The automatic issuance and renewal protocol will be published as an open standard that others can adopt.
  • Cooperative: Much like the underlying Internet protocols themselves, Let’s Encrypt is a joint effort to benefit the community, beyond the control of any one organization.

We have a page with more detailed information about how the Let’s Encrypt CA works.


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