Renewing my SSL Certificate

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates are valid for specific periods. If you wish to continue SSL coverage for your website, you must renew them before expiry. Most commercial SSL certificates are valid for between one to two years.

Most Certificate Authorities (CAs) can auto-renew your SSL certificate if you provide payment details in advance.

The same goes for ScalaHosting. As soon as you point your domain to our servers, we will issue and install a free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate for your new website. We’ll also renew it for you when it expires, ensuring that the connection to your website is secure at all times.

Commercial certificates bought from ScalaHosting are renewed in the same manner as other services.

If you need to renew an SSL certificate bought directly from the Certificate Authority (CA), the steps are as follow:

Renewal Process

Step 1. Sign in to your CA account.

Step 2. Choose to renew your SSL certificate and complete payment.

Step 3. Download the SSL files.

Step 4. Use the new SSL files to install your renewed certificate.

The installation of renewed SSL certificates is the same as a first-time installation. The process will vary depending on the web server in use.The renewal window for SSL certificates is mostly 90 days – 60 before and 30 after the set expiry date. You must renew your certificate within this time bracket for continued coverage, and some CAs even offer “bonus” validity for early renewal.

If you have any problems installing the certificate on your account, feel free to contact our technical support specialists. They’ll look into the issue and provide you with further guidance.


Working in the web hosting industry for over 13 years, Rado has inevitably got some insight into the industry. A digital marketer by education, Rado is always putting himself in the client's shoes, trying to see what's best for THEM first. A man of the fine detail, you can often find him spending 10+ minutes wondering over a missing comma or slightly skewed design.

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