Let’s Encrypt is a new Certificate Authority. It’s free, automated and open.
Anyone who has gone through the trouble of setting up a secure website knows what a hassle getting and maintaining a certificate can be. GeekGhost offers SSLs from various Certificate Authorities but the process can be a bit long winded as there are several emails going back and forth and confirmation links to click on. We’d love to make it easier, but until now this is simply how the Certificate Authorities handled things.
Let’s Encrypt automates away the pain and lets site operators turn on and manage HTTPS through cPanel. No validation emails, no complicated configuration editing, no expired certificates breaking your website. And of course, because Let’s Encrypt provides certificates for free, no need to arrange for payment.
GeekGhost has been slowly integrating Let’s Encrypt across all shared servers and today we’re happy to announce that most shared servers are now ready for Let’s Encrypt!
This feature is available to you now. No extra payments or upgrades to your account are needed. All we ask is that you help spread the word about the awesomeness of GeekGhost!
Log in to cPanel and scroll down to the Security Subsection. You’ll see an icon with the title “Let’s Encrypt SSL” (Please note: depending on the skin being used, you may not see an actual icon and simply the words “Let’s Encrypt SSL”).
How much do certificates with Let’s Encrypt cost? Are they like Cloudflare’s?
A: SSL certificates through Let’s Encrypt are free thanks to the establishment of the Let’s Encrypt CA (https://letsencrypt.org). Unlike with Cloudflare (a man-in-the-middle proxy), you have full control over the keys and certificates used on your sites.
What domains can I secure?
A: Any domain or subdomain under your account that resolves to the server it is hosted on. When you click on the link in cPanel, it will show you a list of all domains under your account for which a SSL through Let’s Encrypt can be issued.
Why do the certificates only last 90 days?
A: Due to Let’s Encrypt’s automated nature, the certificates are issued for a shorter duration. However, the server will automatically attempt to renew the certificate 30 days from the expiration date so it always stays active.
Can I get EV (Extended Validation) certificates?
A: Only domain validated certificates are available as there is no way to automate the EV issuance process. GeekGhost still offers EV SSLs that we’re happy to install for you if this is your need.
Can I get Wildcard SSLs?
A: Wildcard SSLs are not currently supported by Let’s Encrypt. However, you are able to simultaneously issue certificates for the www. prefix of a domain. GeekGhost also offers Wildcard SSLs if this is more your need.
We hope you enjoy this new feature! This was implemented due to suggestions from other GeekGhost clients just like you. If you have anytthing you’d like to see GeekGhost offer, drop us a line! If it’s something that would serve GeekGhost customers well, we’ll probably make it happen!