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Lets Encrypt SSL

Why is GoDaddy not supporting the free Lets Encrypt SSL certificate option which most good hosts seem to be doing? Is it just to make more money by selling a certificate at $69 a year?

Even specialist WordPress hosting such as WPEngine offer this free option so why not Godadddy?????

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Hi @adrian29630

 

Thank you for your post. I felt you may find this information helpful.

 

Install a Let's Encrypt SSL (Apache)

https://www.godaddy.com/help/install-a-lets-encrypt-ssl-apache-20245

 

Best wishes!

-Techfly 

 

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Hi Techfly 

Thanks for the info link but what about for your "GoDady Managed Wordpress" sites?

Getting slugged A$99 each year from GoDaddy when your competitors are offering a Free simple automated setup for the free "Let's Encrypt" service, makes it look like you are leveraging us customers and getting out of touch with alternative marketplace offerings!

 

Helper I
Helper I

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A lot of hosts selling their own certificates are very unlikely going to ever support Let's Encrypt.

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GoDaddy needs to adopt the same options that make it not only available but easy for users to install Let's Encrypt certs.  Expensive paid SSL certs for small sites and blogs are a thing of the past  I realize it is a high margin product, but the writing is on the wall.  The lack of this option is a non-starter for me ordering WP Hosting (another high margin product) through Godaddy for me or clients.

 

Failure to embrace Let's Encrypt will end up costing GoDaddy more in lost web hosting revenues than the drop in premium SSL certs.  Offer both options, with auto-renewing Let's Encrypt, and spend your efforts upselling the advantages of a premium cert for those that want it. 

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One can use Let's Encrypt SSL certificates with a Cpanel hosting service on GoDaddy.  However, it was explained to me that you need to renew and reload the certificate every 3 months.  

The automatic renewal of Let's Encrypt is apparently not supported.  

 

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You may be able to ask GDTechSupp to activate AutoSSL on your CPanel hosting.

 

However, GD will not parse the SSL cert with the correct ID as they only do this for GD issued certs. 

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Hello Techfly,

 

What about LetsEncrypt SSL on Windows Deluxe Hosting?  Is that possible?

 

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SSL should be free...No Excuses....I paid a lot of $ to switch to Go Daddy...#FreeSSL

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Yesterday a Sales Rep from Go Daddy called because he wanted to know why I didn't have SSL's for my websites w/them - When I asked what he was talking about he condescendingly replied how Google changed this in Jan 2017 and that my website ranking has since been put to the bottom of this list...

 

When I asked him to email me - because I'm running a business and didn't have time to talk to him about something I was unfamiliar w/he was even more of an A$$hat - and passively aggressively told me how it was such a pleasure talking w/me today - 

 

I have been researching ever since - and NO he never sent me an email...There is nothing I hate more than salespeople - I don't understand calling a business and expecting to be able to just talk about obscure things like websites - google listings - insurance - 'investigations' - etc, and then treating me like crap when I say I'm not interested...anyways - needed to get that off my chest - as I'm so frustrated w/Go Daddy's approach - AND now that I have done the research and found I cannot use Lets' Encrypt - and have no other option besides purchasing thru Go Daddy...at $60.00 per year and $75 at renewal - I'm beyond frustrated - 

 

We have a small business w/only 6 pages - and do not sell online...I do have a contact form though - This whole thing is ridiculous - I understand Google wanting people to be 'safe' online - but it shouldn't affect our ranking - unless they were offering 'free' SSL's that could be used on all sites...

 

In addition, I run a non-profit website w/the extra WordPress account on our Go Daddy account - and now we have to come up w/60.00 for that account as well (its completely different domains)

 

We've been w/go daddy for years - and I've been considering changing - I think this is the final push I needed...Hopefully, others will as well so Go Daddy will reconsider - or at least offer better prices - especially for non-profits - We support Veterans and Their Families - every time someone else has there hand out it is less I can put in a Vets' hand...

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So does GD support Encrypt SSL without the need to renew and reload every three months?

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https://community.letsencrypt.org/t/web-hosting-who-support-lets-encrypt/6920

 

According to everything I have read - Including the above link...GD does not support LE - at all.

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Good to know I'm not the only one frustrated with this whole SSL business brought on - or should I say, 'aggressively pushed - by Google and its quest to dominate the browser world and all things Internet...

 

I get that folks are trying to make the Internet a safer place to do business, but for crying out loud do they have to make it so [insert your favorite expletive here] expensive that the only ones that can 'play' are those companies with deep deep pockets who can afford the yearly cost of an SSL certificate...?

 

On top of that frustration is the less-than-user-friendly install process of getting a certificate to work no matter where it was purchased from or given freely [e.g. 'Let's Encrypt']...!

 

Now that Google 'the Internet Enforcer' is demanding we all purchase high priced certificates just so the 'https' is in front of a domain name, all us 'little guys' with small sites - be they 'mom and pop' e-commerce sites or 'vanity' sites - will all start falling by the wayside... Sad... Really sad...

"...life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans..." john lennon

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the link https://www.godaddy.com/help/install-a-lets-encrypt-ssl-apache-20245 isn't working. 

what are the steps now to install lets encrypt Certificate? 

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Since people are having problems with Lets Encrypt, maybe it is time to look for a different web hosting service.  

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Hey, uh, Scooter? 

 

This is not a Google problem.  This is a GoDaddy problem.   And it's one they are going to pay dearly for. 

 

Just so we're clear. 

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I had the same call with a GoDaddy Rep. My sites are not SSL at the moment but I need to do that going forward.   It's seems rather abrasive to me for a company like GoDaddy to force (strong word - but making it difficult to use LetsEncrypt with this 3 month timeout) the use of a expensive SSL cert (of their own offering) when Let'sEncrypt is good enough.

My websites are not a business front end (and really don't have a lot of need for my WebSite at the moment).  I like GoDaddy, but this is making me rethink my options.

 

 

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This is the exact reason I'm most likely going to switch hosting and all my client's sites as well. I waited patiently for their php tech to catch up with other hosting providers and have been waiting over a year for Let's Encrypt support. GoDaddy is the Blackberry of mobile phones. They showed great promise at one point but stuck with old tech and it became their downfall. 

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I just set up free SSL on my two sites hosted by Godaddy and it's not a big deal. I generated the certificates and such through LetsEncrypt and copied them into Godaddy's SSL setup. For the first site, I had to do it manually, but once that was set up (directories created in the right place), I was able to use the automated setup for the second site. It took a one-time edit to the .htaccess file (using code I found online) to get the redirects working and that's it. Considering that I had never done this before and really had no idea what I was doing, I consider the hour or so that it took to figure it out and get it done a useful learning experience.

 

Yes, I'll have to renew the credentials every quarter, but with only two sites and using automated generation it won't take more than 5-10 minutes each time. To me, it's worth it not to pay $75/year for a service that should be free. I'm probably not saving much money, but I'll do it on principle. If nothing else, it buys me time to look for a new host for my sites.

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@Bnystrom Can you please share the steps you followed?

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I am so totally with you on this.  In Motion Hosting offers free SSL for sites that don't have ecommerce.  My Godaddy hosting is for small website, non-profits and yet they want to charge me like I'm a big business.

 

Would be a different story if they allowed Let's Encrypt.  I am so frustrated!!!  GoDaddy use to care about it's customers but I am getting very fed up with the way they treat existing customers.

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I've been with GoDaddy since 1997 and byte by byte they have taken a bite out of my pocket.  Over the last few years I've started sites (7) on Siteground - first for their live chat customer service and GoGeek service that solved problems keeping me free to work. Recently, I have installed the free Lets Encrypt on the Siteground sites and wanted to do the same on my GoDaddy sites to find how difficult they make it and how costly it would be.

 

I guess after 21 years of paying rent to GoDaddy it's time to move.

 

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 That's the conclusion I have come to as well.  But, 21 years! Good on you.

 

As you mention, there are other options, and I've decided to also move on.

I'll be making the move to a different service in the coming weeks.

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Hi, well reading other posts on this thread, and now that SSL cert is a must and Godaddy not supporting LetsEncrypt auto renewal, it really makes you re think wether to stay with this service, i am with them for almost 9 years, and re thinking wether to stay already. Think bluehost could be a good option, although i all like to stay with GD but they are not helping us to do so.  If anyone has any update wether Godaddy is supporting LetsEncrypt cert auto renewal, not do that manually, please share us how to do so.

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Well... this thread confirmed everything I suspected. It's a shame, because GoDaddy is going to lose business over this. They think they're being clever, but moving a wordpress site is as simple as backing it up, restoring to a new provider, and updating DNS. Since I'm just starting my site, I'm switching to LightSail ASAP. I'd rather pay Amazon more than GoDaddy at this point. 

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After 12 years, I'm leaving GoDaddy for this reason. 

It's actually cheaper for me to shell out for a year of hosting AND pay for a full migration, than it is for me to get GoDaddy SSL Certificates for my domains.

 

It's shameful that they seemingly make it extra difficult for you to use your own certificates, just so they can milk their customers for more money.  

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I have to say I'm starting to think about other services for sure, I hate it because I love GD service as far as support supper quick and friendly, but with the force of https by google which actually makes a bit of sense, kind of, I feel stuck when every time I turn around I have to pay $15 here $20 there a month it adds up to no thanks, I love aspects of DG and send them plenty of business and spend a good chuck yearly my self, I'm not saying I make them rich by any means, but I am an evangelist for them in a way which I will have to recommend what ever platform I find that frees up some of the pinch they keep forcing on web folks, not just GD but in general, with all the new tech companies popping up someone will have the solution that frees up the pain points of small startups, unless support for Lets Encrypt exist and I just haven't hit the right forum yet, but this is the straw that makes or breaks my decision.    UPDATE just followed  the video from above pretty quick and simple yes updating every 90 days will suck and get old quick but not the worst thing in a pinch, GD PLEASE GIVE SUPPORT FOR AUTO!!!!!

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You can ssh into your host and use acme.sh client to create and renew your certificate. And then use the cpanel uapi to deploy your certs. 

 

Install acme.sh

curl https://get.acme.sh | sh

 

Reload your .bashrc to take acme.sh alias effect:

source ~/.bashrc

 

Issue a new cert for your domain:

acme.sh --issue -d example.com -w /home/<yourSshUsername>/public_html

 

Deploy the certs:

acme.sh  --deploy  -d example.com  --deploy-hook cpanel_uapi

If you want renew the certs automatically, create a simple bash script and add it to your crontab:

#!/bin/bash
acme.sh --renew -d example.com --force
acme.sh  --deploy  -d example.com  --deploy-hook cpanel_uapi

 

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I haven't used GoDaddy hosting for years.  I support websites on four different hosts and they all offer free SSL certs at the click of a button.  GoDaddy's refusal to do this is unacceptable.

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I agree about the SSL, just switched the hosting for my site over to BlueHost for this reason.  It took a few hours to get the files transferred and the DNS working.  But activating Auto-SSL at BlueHost took literally 2 seconds.  And it's totally free, requires no renewals or hassle on the part of the customer whatsoever.

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It would be great if you could provide more details. Will this work on a godaddy cpanel hosting setup?

 

what were the crontab settings? set to renew every 90 days?

 

The approach looks good, but for people that are novices, it would be great to get more details.

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Thanks! It worked well for me! Life Saver!

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Hi, please let me know what worked, as I would like to setup let's encrypt ssl asap on a godaddy cpanel hosting site.

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 Emreunal's post using acme.sh worked for me and took my less than 5 minutes to setup.

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will this work automatically or do you have to reset every 90 days. Can you provide details of the crontab settings you used and any other settings? I'm a novice at this. Do you have godaddy cpanel hosting?

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Just follow the steps in the post. Yes I have cpanel hosting and I used 1 month renewal for my crontab settings.

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thank you, I will see how it goes. This could be a big money saver - just what we need at this point.

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I followed the steps and it created a folder .acme.sh

when I entered the next step in my home folder it failed saying it could not find acme.sh

I looked in .acme.sh and there is acme.sh* which is a link or something else?

 

it would be good to get the steps sorted out, as there is obviously something missing here

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@agama You need to restart your terminal or SSH client then the next steps work.

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yup, worked that out. Went back in and completed the steps. Site is now a happy SSL user.

 

This is a major outcome for me as it makes the cost of godaddy bearable. I'll now cancel SSL and move my other sites to Let's Encrypt.

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I feel your pain. I have clients who still use GoDaddy and I cringe whenever a new prospective clients states they are using GD.

Leaving GD will be the best thing you can ever do. Move to quality host such as WPEngine. If you prefer to pay less but get quality hosting, use someone like Hostgator, BlueHost, or Siteground. Hostgator & Bluehost offer free SSL. WPEngine & Siteground offer paid SSL or free Let's Encrypt SSL.

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I tried emreunal's script but while it ran successfully I am not getting my green lock icon. I am trying to set it up on one of my add on domains and I'm wondering if there is a path problem when saving the certs.

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@snackers does your htaccess force https redirect?

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Good catch. It wasn't I'm using WordPress. I tried a plugin but it didn't work so I just edited my .htaccess and added this to the end:


# Remove "www." and redirect to https
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.(.*)$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%1/$1 [R=301,L]
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

I also changed all of the http:// in there to https://.

 

I'm still having a problem with the www. version of my site on FireFox. It's telling me "Your connection is not secure" because "The certificate is only valid for" the non-www URL. Chrome has no problem with it. How do I fix this?

 

 

EDIT: I had to add a the second domain to my issue statement:

 

acme.sh --issue -d example.com -w /home/<yourSshUsername>/public_html -d www.example.com 

And then just deploy again the same as before like:

acme.sh --deploy -d example.com --deploy-hook cpanel_uapi

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I am waiting for my term to be expired and move to other hosting server. There is no reason to pay for this. GoDaddy has no right to collect these money, and Google too, they have no right to determine what website is secure or not. They are all killing their own business.

Loving of money always end up with destruction.! This has been proved by HISTORY.

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Google and GoDaddy are great examples of what's gone wrong with the Internet!

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Thank you for this info - I see HostGator and Bluehost touted often on sites with affiliate links - and so never quite sure if they are just pushing it as they get a % or if they are actually good companies to use but possibly just both. 

 

I have kept my GD account on a monthly pay as I go as it is the same cost monthly or yearly - (no savings for long-term which is odd) anyway I'll be moving my sites shortly.