If you are using the free Letsencrypt ssl certificate for your site, I expect you to be aware that it expires every 90 days. While some web hosting companies autorenew letsencrypt for you, some don’t. If your web hosting company doesn’t auto renew it for you, you can renew it manually by yourself.
The free Letsencrypt ssl certificate which I generated from sslforfree.com and installed on one of my WordPress sites hosted on Namecheap expired yesterday and I’ve been able to renew it successfully.
I renewed it manually because as at the time of publishing this post, Namecheap doesn’t offer one-click installation of letsencrypt ssl certificate via cPanel.
Here are the steps :
- Generate new free ssl certificate for the site at sslforfree.com
- Uninstall and delete the expired letsencrypt certificate from cPanel (Security > ssl/tls > Manage SSL Sites)
- Install the new ssl certificate in cPanel as explained here.
I deleted the old ssl certificate from sslforfree.com to stop further notifications for the certificate.
About Letsencrypt Certificate
Let’s Encrypt is a project of non-profit Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) whose aim is to offer digital certificates which can be used to enable https (ssl/tls) on websites for free including support for the ACME DNS challenge, ECDSA signing, IPv6, and Internationalized Domain Names.