Add SSL Certificate (1 Min. or Less)

  • SSL Stands for Secure Socket Layer.
  • Its for basic security of your website. Its encrypt your site’s critical data.
  • ‘Let’s Encrypt SSL’ is Free & Easy to Install within your Greengeeks Hosting Account.

Right after registering your Domain & Hosting with Greengeeks, we highly recommend that you immediately add SSL Certificate.

Any websites without the SSL certificate will remain “http” or INSECURE while those with encryption will show “https” or SECURE in users’ browsers. Chrome, Firefox and other browsers have began issuing warnings that non-https sites are insecure.

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The SSL certificate is a vital part of building a successful website. This is because it not only offers protection to visitors, but search engines like Google also put more emphasis on sites beginning with “https://”.

Adding an SSL certificate is easy with GreenGeeks. We have assumed you already have a Hosting Account with Greengeeks. If you don’t have yet, here’s how to Register your Domain & Hosting with this Green Hosting Provider. If you’re done registering, then follow the instructions below:

LOGIN TO YOUR GREENGEEKS ACCOUNT Using the Email & Password you entered when you signed up with Greengeeks.

STEP 1

From the GreenGeeks screen, click the “Security” section on the left of your screen.

STEP 2

Click “SSL Certificates” from the drop-down list.

STEP 3

Click the “Add SSL Certificate” button on the top of the page. You can also refresh the list of SSL certificates to see if you already have it installed.

STEP 4

Click into the “Select a Service” field and select your account. It should be the Primary Domain you set up with GreenGeeks. Once you’ve chosen your account, click the “Continue” button.

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STEP 5

Enter the ‘DOMAIN‘ you want to protect and click “Continue.” If you only have one (1) domain on your account, it will be the only one in the list.

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STEP 6

In this next screen, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click, “Select Let’s Encrypt.”

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STEP 7

Verify that you selected the correct domain for the certificate as well as making sure Let’s Encrypt is the SSL Provider. Click, “Confirm and Create” to finish the installation.

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STEP 8

On the next page, click the “Install SSL Certificate” button for the GreenGeeks auto-installer to launch.

Greengeeks Free Lets Enrcypt SSL Installation Certificate -  Confirm & CreateStep 8

FOR ERROR 37: 

NOTE: At Step 8, you may receive a message stating: “Error 37: Error Validating DNS Challenge. Please try again in 30 minutes. If this error still persists after two hours please contact Support. [23685]”

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This is a normal error that occurs when you first enable Let’s Encrypt on your domain. This is because Let’s Encrypt uses DNS-based authentication. It needs time to propagate, which can take 30-minutes or so. Once the system recognizes your domain name, you’ll no longer have to wait for any subsequent changes to your account. So if you remove the SSL and decide to add it again at a later date, you may not see this error message.

STEP 9

When Let’s Encrypt validates the domain, you can proceed by clicking “Install SSL Certificate” to complete the installation. After a few moments, the auto-installer will finish adding Let’s Encrypt SSL to your GreenGeeks account.

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Congratulations! Following your Domain & Hosting Registration with Greengeeks, Your SSL Certificate has now Been Installed…

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