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    Who is the best free SSL certificate provider?

    Can you tell me who is the best free ssl certificate provider? Cloudflare or Letsencrypt or others?

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    I'd suggest Letsencrypt, we chose it and it's working good no issues so far.
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    I would choose Cloudflare because it is free and easy to install on my cPanel with just a few clicks.
    Also, I don't care about renewing it because Cloudflare offer 15 years period for their SSL service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Beroff View Post
    Can you tell me who is the best free ssl certificate provider? Cloudflare or Letsencrypt or others?
    In terms of security, Let's Encrypt is better. Last release provide the ability to generate ECDSA certificates, which provide better encryption than all paid certificates available on the market.

    In terms of ease of use, with a control panel like Plesk, Let's Encrypt is fully automated, but if you setup yourself a server, Cloudflare origin certificates are really great with 15 years validity.

    The main difference is when you use it for your business, Cloudflare require to pay to have unique SSL certificates, without hundreds of domains on the same certificates, and cost $200/mo to be PCI Compliant and accept credit card directly on your site. When Let's Encrypt is totally free, and renewal can be easily automated.
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    Let's encrypt more easy and better to use.
    dont forgot to renew every 3 moths!

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    most to all major providers now offer free SSL with web hosting plans now

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    Quote Originally Posted by VirtuBox View Post
    In terms of security, Let's Encrypt is better. Last release provide the ability to generate ECDSA certificates, which provide better encryption than all paid certificates available on the market.

    In terms of ease of use, with a control panel like Plesk, Let's Encrypt is fully automated, but if you setup yourself a server, Cloudflare origin certificates are really great with 15 years validity.
    Normally Let's Encrypt offered 3 months period to renew their service and some newbies can have difficulty in renewing SSL for their sites. I read more these complaints on forums. I am just wondering whey Let's Encrypt didn't offer a longer time for renewal like 3 years or 5 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by VirtuBox View Post
    The main difference is when you use it for your business, Cloudflare require to pay to have unique SSL certificates, without hundreds of domains on the same certificates, and cost $200/mo to be PCI Compliant and accept credit card directly on your site. When Let's Encrypt is totally free, and renewal can be easily automated.
    I don't understand this, what is unique SSL certificate on Cloudflare and why it costs $200/mo?

    Quote Originally Posted by DTS-NET View Post
    most to all major providers now offer free SSL with web hosting plans now
    I agree with you but at least they have to go with a free SSL provider to offer to their clients.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Beroff View Post
    Normally Let's Encrypt offered 3 months period to renew their service and some newbies can have difficulty in renewing SSL for their sites. I read more these complaints on forums. I am just wondering whey Let's Encrypt didn't offer a longer time for renewal like 3 years or 5 years.
    Two reasons:


    1. They limit damage from key compromise and mis-issuance. Stolen keys and mis-issued certificates are valid for a shorter period of time.
    2. They encourage automation, which is absolutely essential for ease-of-use. If we’re going to move the entire Web to HTTPS, we can’t continue to expect system administrators to manually handle renewals. Once issuance and renewal are automated, shorter lifetimes won’t be any less convenience than longer ones.

    Source : https://letsencrypt.org/2015/11/09/why-90-days.html


    I don't understand this, what is unique SSL certificate on Cloudflare and why it costs $200/mo?
    When you use Cloudflare SSL with free plan, the SSL certificate is valid for several domains, and you have to pay for a certificate valid only for your domain :



    And to process credit card on your website, you need to use TLS v1.2 only, and it require the business plan.
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    Lets Encrypt now has auto-renewal so no need to worry about the short-term certs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VirtuBox View Post
    When you use Cloudflare SSL with free plan, the SSL certificate is valid for several domains, and you have to pay for a certificate valid only for your domain
    How many domains can I have with free plan?
    I didn't know this before and I thought it was unlimited domains with Cloudflare SSL.

    Quote Originally Posted by VirtuBox View Post
    And to process credit card on your website, you need to use TLS v1.2 only, and it require the business plan.
    I got this, if my websites don't require to pay with credit card then I don't need to have business plan, right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Laurence Flynn View Post
    Lets Encrypt now has auto-renewal so no need to worry about the short-term certs.
    Are you going to saying about Certbot? Using it to auto renew SSL from Lets Encrypt with cPanel?

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    In Plesk the Lets Encrypt auto-renew is a built-in feature. Check a box to auto-renew when you create the cert, done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurence Flynn View Post
    In Plesk the Lets Encrypt auto-renew is a built-in feature. Check a box to auto-renew when you create the cert, done.
    What about cPanel?
    I am looking for a way to do SSL for this control panel easier than using Cloudflare free SSL and it required more steps to configure.

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    Letsencrypt seems to be most proactive in making it easy for different control panels to implement. Can also use easy tools such as certbot. If you have cPanel, you can also get a basic Domain Validation certificate from cPanel (I believe powered by comodo).

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    I don't trust CloudFlare too many issues for what it's worth and they have RocketLoader which mucks up JS, etc so I recommend LetsEncrypt I use it on ours as it's free but a EV is worth it if you want the green bar.

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