How to install free SSL from Let’s Encrypt in cPanel?

Free SSL Certificates from Let’s Encrypt are being used more and more in the world, until 10/2016 there are more than 10 million websites activated.

SSL or HTTPS in the future will be the standard protocol, as browsers are making improvements to make it easy for users to distinguish which websites are secure, which are not. Even Google places priority on search results for sites that use SSL.

The world’s most popular hosting management system, cPanel has quickly enabled users to activate, use and automatically renew Let’s Ecnrypt certificates to install SSL easily and completely with just a few clicks.

You only need to use hosting providers that have enabled this functionality in cPanel, such as Hawk Host, StableHost, SiteGround, DreamHost …

Now that we no longer have to spend money on buying SSL, refer to the steps below to activate the Let’s Encrypt certification for free SSL.

Note: Changing the url will reset the Like, +1, and facebook comments. However, for the long-term benefit I encourage you to use HTTPS.

How to install Let’s Encrypt certificate for free SSL in cPanel

  1. First login to cPanel, go to SECURITY section and click on Let’s Encrypt SSL
  2. In the domain list below, click on the Issue link corresponding to the domain you want to install SSL. EX:
  3. Select Domain that will use SSLYou can leave the default, or drop the mail if you do not use the email service of the hosting provider. Then click the Issue button to proceed with the installation.Note that the domain must point to the hosting to be able to manipulate this step, otherwise you will encounter errors.
  4. If there is no problem, you will see a blue message similar to the one below:

    Go back to Let’s Encrypt SSL page at the first step you will see the domain that has successfully installed Free SSL certificate successfully. You can click View to see detailed information.
  5. So done, enjoy the results

To activate a new site, just repeat the steps above.

Configure HTTPS for Website

1. WordPress

If you use WordPress, you need to take more step to enable using Let’s Encrypt.

In WP Admin, you install and activate the Really Simple SSL plugin

After the activation is complete, press the Go ahead, activate SSL! button appears on the screen. Or activate in the Settings, SSL menu.

Now when you visit the link, you will automatically be redirected to At the same time all the .CSS, .JS files will be transferred to https link, the url displayed in the browser will be green.

In case the website is active, there will be many http links that exist in the article content and comment content. You install the Search Regex (or Better Search Replace) plugin and then replace the link to to with Source as Post content and Comment content.

If you do not want to add the SSL plugin, add the following code to the wp-config.php file, configure the https url in Settings and replace the http to https.

if ($_SERVER[‘HTTP_X_FORWARDED_PROTO’] == ‘https’)

2. Other CMS

For other systems I do not use so I do not have specific instructions.

However, in essence you need to do the following:

  • Redirect http to https for domain.
  • Move the entire image, js, css link from http:// to https:// to the green icon as demo. View-source to see if any unchanged, then update.

Update configuration in Google Webmaster Tools and Analytics

1. Google Search Console

After you have changed http to https, go to Google Webmaster Tools, add a new domain with the https link.

Then proceed to configure this new domain similar to the old domain.

Right out of the dashboard, click Sitemap to add a link file:

Go to Site Settings and adjust the crawl rate

On the Search Traffic menu, select International Targeting, click the Country tab, and select the country you want to target.

Old Http domain will still be kept in Search Console.

2. Google Analytics

With Google Analytics, in the main report page you click on the top Admin tab and select Property Settings in the PROPERTY column

Drag down the Default URL line, switch from http to https:

So done, now wait for Google index all the https urls that your website will appear on Google with new urls, definitely higher position than before.

Good luck.

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