Let’s Encrypt Is Now Out of Beta

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Let’s Encrypt announced that the project is exiting beta this week. The initiative, which aims to encrypt 100% of the web by making trusted certificates available to everyone at no cost, launched its beta seven months ago.

Since our beta began in September 2015 we’ve issued more than 1.7 million certificates for more than 3.8 million websites. We’ve gained tremendous operational experience and confidence in our systems. The beta label is simply not necessary any more.

According to Let’s Encrypt sponsor Mozilla, more than 90% of the certificates are protecting websites that never had encryption before. Automattic is one of the early sponsors of the initiative and has partnered with Let’s Encrypt to add full SSL support for all sites hosted on WordPress.com. With the success of the beta period, Let’s Encrypt continues to renew and add sponsors to its roster, including Cisco, Akamai, Gemalto, HP Enterprise, Fastly, and other organizations.

“A mix of people and organizations use Let’s Encrypt,” Mozilla representatives told TechCrunch. “Many individuals and smaller entities use it, but quite a few larger organizations such as WordPress.com, OVH, Akamai and Dreamhost use it as well. It’s especially nice to see services like Dreamhost and Automattic opting to secure all their customers at once, which is something that Let’s Encrypt really enables.”

How to Set Up a Let’s Encrypt Certificate for Self-Hosted WordPress

If you want to install a free Let’s Encrypt certificate for your self-hosted WordPress site, WPBeginner has a tutorial with instructions for commonly used hosts, including SiteGround, DreamHost, and Bluehost. It also includes tips on updating WordPress URLs after setting up SSL and updating Google Analytics.

If your host doesn’t have a fancy UI for setting up Let’s Encrypt, Brad Touesnard wrote a tutorial for manually requesting a certificate via Let’s Encrypt’s command line client and setting up automatic renewals. Touesnard also encouraged readers to support the development of the Let’s Encrypt Plugin for WordPress, a project that Zack Tollman and John Blackbourn are working on to make it a less painful process for users. We’ll be following the plugin’s progress as it develops.

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15 Comments


  1. Good to hear that! We also started to offer it for our free customers.

    Lets encrypt SSL can also be auto renewed from cPanel also.

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  2. “1.7M certificates for 3.8M websites”… Uh?

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  3. cPanel have confirmed that support for Let’s Encrypt will arrive in their product with the release of cPanel 58, in about 3 month’s time.

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  4. I’ve heard that Automattic will propose it’s own SSL in a near future – not only for WP.com. Is it true ? If so, I suppose it will be easier for WP users to get SSL from Automattic.

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      1. I’ve read it but it speaks about wp.com hosted sites only.

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    1. More hostings already provide free Let’s Encrypt certs. You have to ask your hosting. Nobody else can do this on your hosting behalf. It does not matter if you use WordPress or not.

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  5. The Let’s Encrypt initiative is really great and certainly they are making the web a safer place. The only limitation is that certificates are just Domain Validated not above them.

    The adoption rate is high due to support from the sponsors and web hosting providers.

    The implementation of Let’s Encrypt was also easy, the auto renew process and not having to reissue and reconfigure it again on your domains takes a lot of hassle away. At Cloudways we have recently added it and response from clients has been superb.

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  6. Hey WPTavern, time to Let’s Encrypt your own website!

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      1. I have been using it for a while now, along with Redis caching and PHP 7.x, and I have had no problems with all three.

        I host my sites an several VPS at DigitalOcean and Linode. EasyEngine makes it super easy to install ~

        wget -qO ee rt.cx/ee && sudo bash ee

        ee site create example.com –wpredis

        ee stack install –nginxmainline

        ee stack install –php7

        ee site update example.com –php7

        ee site update example.com –letsencrypt`

        And that’s it.

        Job done!

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  7. Let’s Encrypt is a great initiative. I have been using it on StackPress with php 7 and HTTP/2 enabled without issues.

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