Let’s Encrypt Activated on All Servers

ScalaHosting is proud to announce we now support Let’s Encrypt on all our servers. But let’s first learn what is Let’s Encrypt and how it brings value to your online business. You can benefit from better security on each of our package plans:

Let's Encrypt Activated on All Servers

What is Let’s Encrypt?

Let’s Encrypt is a non-profit organization that issues free SSL certificates. The system has many advantages.

You don’t need to confirm your certificate via e-mail. The process is pretty easy and automated. The only requirement is that you own the domain you want to get a certificate for.

The Let’s Encrypt certificates are not just automatically installed and managed, they are renewed in such a way as well. You don’t even need a dedicated IP to install such a certificate.

The best thing with Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates is they are trusted and recognized by all major browsers. This means your visitors will see your website is secure, no matter how you’re visiting the page.

Why Do You Need an SSL Certificate?

An SSL certificate encrypts the data which is sent between the server and the visitor. Тhat way, all delicate personal information is safe from prying eyes.

SSL certificates also help inspire trust, especially in first-time visitors. Imagine arriving on a page, only to see a big red message that the site might be insecure and you should proceed at your own risk. Would you? Any SSL-powered website clearly shows visitors you are making an effort to secure their data, which is what any reputable business should do.

There is the SEO aspect as well. Since 2017, Google has been casually nudging webmaster to switch to a secure HTTPS connection. They are now taking an even more direct approach – announcing that SSL-covered websites get higher rankings in search results.

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to go for an SSL certificate.

How Do You Enable SSL for Your Website?

Keep in mind that installing an SSL certificate does not mean your website automatically starts working via HTTPS. Visitors can still access the page via port 80 (HTTP), which is a non-encrypted connection. You need to add a redirect in your .htaccess file so visitors switch from HTTP to HTTPS. That way, they will all use an encrypted connection.

If you have HTTP links on your website, you should also redirect those to the SSL certificate. Otherwise, there is a very high chance your visitors will get security warnings when they land on your site.

Note that the free Let’s Encrypt SSLs can never be as secure as the premium security certificates. If you are running an ecommerce shop or a mission-critical website, our advice would be to choose a paid certificate provider and ensure maximum protection for all customer data.

Vlad G.

Author

Vlad has 20 years of experience in the web hosting industry. He wants to make the Internet a safer place for everyone by allowing every online business to have their own fully managed VPS with a control panel and daily backups at the same price as shared hosting. Vlad is a performance-driven individual who is passionate about technology, innovations, and leadership. He believes that every website should be hosted on its own server as that is the only way to achieve maximum security, speed, and reliability. Vlad is currently a co-founder and CEO of Scala Hosting LLC and SPanel LLC.

2 Comments

  1. Ryon

    May 20, 2020 / 22:29

    In the section titled “How do I enable SSL for my web site” there are no actual instructions guiding users how to enable SSL for their websites.

  2. Vlad. G.
    ScalaHosting Staff

    May 21, 2020 / 05:05

    Hi Ryon. It is 100% automatic. You don’t need to do anything. The SSL certificate will be automatically issued and installed within 24 hours of pointing your domain to our server. Please contact technical support if you have additional questions to get immediate assistance.

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