How to add a Lets Encrypt SSL certificate

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Once you have found the Lets Encrypt button in your Hosting Control Panel it is very easy to install a Lets Encrypt SSL certificate.

There are however some additional changes you should make when you add an SSL certificate.

See below.

Add an SSL certificate

Open the Lets Encrypt screen

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Select the ISSUE button

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Confirm the SSL certificate has been added

When you do, read the small print at the top of the screen.

It should state that your SSL certificate will be automatically renewed at the expiry date.

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Email reminders

You may still however receive reminder emails from Lets Encrypt, recommending that you renew your SSL certificate.

If you choose not to ignore these then you should be able to renew the SSL via the above screen when you sign into your hosting control panel.

Monitor the SSL is working

We recommend that you make a note in your diary to periodically check the certificate remains active.

Additional changes when you add an SSL certificate

You should also make some changes to your website's:

  • Joomla! CMS Settings, and
  • Search Engine Optimisation.

Joomla! CMS Settings

Global Configuration

Select the Force SSL checkbox under the Server tab in your website's Global Configuration.

.htaccess file

Change any canonical redirect from HTTP to HTTPS.

robots.txt file

Change any site map URL from HTTP to HTTPS.

Redirect Component

If you actively use the Redirect Component then use it to fix broken links which result from the change from HTTP to HTTPS.

Note: when we changed from HTTP to HTTPS we deleted all existing redirects and started fixing broken links again from a clean sheet.

Internal links

Check your website for any existing absolute internal links and changes these to relative ones.

Example, change to home.

Akeeba Admin Tools

If you use the Akeeba Admin Tools HTACCESS MAKER then select the HSTS HEADER check box.

Note: htaccess Maker is included with Akeeba Admin Tools Pro.

Read more: Web Application Firewall.

Search Engine Optimisation

Google and/or Bing Webmaster Tools

  1. Add your website's HTTPS address to the existing HTTP address.
  2. Verify the new HTTPS address.
  3. Confirm the preferred domain.

Google Analytics

  1. Change the default URL protocol from HTTP to HTTPS.
  2. Re-link your Google Analytics profile with your Google Webmaster Tools account.

Google Adwords

Seek specialist advice before changing to HTTPS.

Backlinks from social media platforms

Change backlinks to your website from social media platforms from HTTP to HTTPS.

WYNCHCO Joomla! CMS Support

We coach, help and support managers with responsibility for Joomla! websites in organisations across Cheshire, Manchester, Merseyside, North West England & the UK.

Read more: WYNCHCO Joomla! CMS Support Packages.


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