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How to install Let’s Encrypt Wildcard SSL Certificate in cPanel using Certify The Web

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In this guide I will be showing you how to install a let’s encrypt wildcard using certify the web. With Certify The Web you can easily install and auto-renew free SSL/TLS certificates from and other ACME Certificate Authorities for your IIS/Windows servers or cPanel. Certify The Web is one good tool you can use to manage, install, and renew free SSL certificates for your Windows and other servers, it is also a Let’s Encrypt-powered Professional Certificate Management tool for Windows.

For further similar guide on SSL certificate you can check these: How to enable LDAP over SSL with a third-party Certificate such as DigiCert, How to generate your trial SSL Certificate using DigiCert PKI platform, How to import SSL Certificate to Windows Server using DigiCert Utility, How to use the DigiCert certificate utility for Windows to create a CSR, Generate a self-signed SSL certificate: How to enable LDAP over SSL with a self-signed certificate.

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Navigate to the Settings tab and click on the Certificate Authorities. Furthermore, Make sure the Preferred Certificate Authority is on Let’s Encrypt. Click on New Account

Wildcard SSL Certificate
Creating New Account

Type your email address, agree and click on Register Contact

Registering your Email Account

Securing Subdomains: Generating a Wildcard SSL Certificate

However, After registering, click on New Certificate and type * in the domain input field where the * means secure all subdomains under the primary domain and click on the plus sign.

Certify The Web
Creating New Certificate

Added a wildcard domain

Let's Encrypt
Pop up message

If you prefer to add a non-wildcard version, you can click on Yes or No

Wildcard SSL Certificate
Pop up message

Nonetheless, Now click on the Authorization section on the right side and select dns-01 in the Challenge Type drop-down. In the DNS Update Method drop-down select (Update DNS Manually)

Authorization Section

Moreover, Now Click on the Test button to test the domain status if everything appears ok

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Authorization Section

However, To move forward you need to create a DNS (TXT) record in your DNS settings, and you will receive a message like the one below in the email account that you configured earlier.

Email Message

Open the DNS Settings and create your TXT Record.

DNS Zone

Test in Progress

Test Progress

Choosing Deployment Mode: Selecting Certificate Store Only After Successful Test

However, Once the test is successful, you can go to the Deployment section, and in the Deployment Mode drop-down, you can select Certificate Store Only.

Moreover, The reason for this selection is that this will store the SSL certificate in your local database. Furthermore, Note that the SSL certificate obtained through the Certify the Web application has a PFX extension that is not compatible with the Apache server by default, so we must convert that file to make it compatible with the Apache server.

After this then Click on Request Certificate.

Certificate Deployment

The Certificate ordering process.

Certificate Ordering Process

SSL Certificate generated successfully

Success Message

Nonetheless, Now click on the Managed Certificates tab and click on Status to verify the certificate details. However, As mentioned earlier, by default, the certificate is stored in the PFX extension and needs to be converted to be compatible with the Apache server.

So, on your local system create a directory where you will save the certificate and click on Tasks >> (Deployment Tasks) Add >> Deploy to Apache

Deployment Task

Moreover, Paste your certificate directory path into the first output field and append a back-slash and type “wildcard.crt” or “wildcard.pem”. However, Then in the second output field, paste the directory path and append a back-slash and type “private.key” and in the last output field paste the directory path and type “CA.crt” or “CA.pem”.

Deployment Task

After clicking on Deploy to Apache,

Note: Before running the deployment task, make sure to save it and run the task

Now open your cPanel to install these certificates.

Saved Certificate

You can either upload the certificate as a file or as a text.

Uploading your Generated Certificate

Furthermore, You can now refresh your website check the padlock icon, and see if the site is now secure with Let’s Encrypt

Secure Connection

I hope you found this blog post on How to install Let’s Encrypt Wildcard SSL Certificate in cPanel using Certify The Web interesting and helpful. However, If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask in the comment section.

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