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How to Generate and Renew Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates in Plesk

Last modified: July 2, 2022
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Installing a Let's Encrypt SSL Certificate on your Domain

Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority (CA) it provides a verified, free SSL certificate for installation, so anyone may take advantage of the improved website security and encrypted communication. Let’s Encrypt certificates are completely verified and display the padlock icon in the address bar of most web browsers, in contrast to self-signed SSL certificates, which are not.

To install a Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate on your domain, follow these steps:

1. Firstly, log in to Plesk.

2. Secondly, click Websites & Domains in the left sidebar.

3. Then, click Let’s Encrypt icon.

4. The Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificate page appears. After that, type a valid e-mail address in the E-mail address text box.

5. Next, check the Include www.example.com as an alternative domain name checkbox if you want the SSL certificate to protect your domain with and without the wwwprefix.

6. Lastly, click Install. When installation is complete, you receive a Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate was successfully installed on example.com message.

7. In the left sidebar, click Websites & Domains.

8. Then click Hosting Settings.

9. Under Security, confirm the SSL support checkbox is selected, and the Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate is selected in the Certificate list box.

Renewing a Let's Encrypt SSL Certificate for your Domain

For your knowledge, Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates have a 90-day validity period. To maintain the security of your website, Plesk renews certificates once per month automatically. You and the users of your website can see nothing of the Let’s Encrypt SSL process. Additionally, you may troubleshoot and resolve any issues you have with SSL renewal before the certificate expires.

Let’s Encrypt certificates will be automatically renewed by Plesk. To manually renew a certificate, however, follow these instructions:

1. Firstly, log in to Plesk.

2. Secondly, click Websites & Domains in the left sidebar.

3. After that, click Let’s Encrypt icon.

4. Lastly, click Renew.

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