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New SSL feature for SD and RS clients (Let's Encrypt Authority)
Posted by WestNIC Support on 25 August 2016 03:13 PM

Dear Customers,

We're happy to announce that new cPanel feature "Let's Encrypt SSL" has been added to most reseller and SD servers.

We've been offering free commercial grade dedicated SSLs from Comodo and RapidSSL since 2005. Now each semi-dedicated or reseller plan will include more 1 year SSLs for your convenience. 

RS-1: 2 dedicated SSLs from RapidSSL (Geotrust) or PositiveSSL (Comodo)
RS-2: 4 dedicated SSLs from RapidSSL (Geotrust) or PositiveSSL (Comodo)
RS-3: 8 dedicated SSLs from RapidSSL (Geotrust) or PositiveSSL (Comodo)

SD-1: 2 dedicated SSLs from RapidSSL (Geotrust) or PositiveSSL (Comodo)
SD-2: 4 dedicated SSLs from RapidSSL (Geotrust) or PositiveSSL (Comodo) 
SD-3: 8 dedicated SSLs from RapidSSL (Geotrust) or PositiveSSL (Comodo) 

You can now choose which brand you prefer during renewal/order.

In addition to that, each reseller or semi-dedicated package will include MORE free security certificates from "Let's Encrypt Authority" (LEA). At this time we're offering 5 LEA certificates per customer due to per server limitations. 

Let's Encrypt is a public interest initiative [501(c)(3)] backed by ISRG, EFF, Cisco, Mozilla, Akami and others. It's aim is to provide free SSL to all websites on the internet so that all web traffic is encrypted.

Let's Encrypt is a free, open, automated signing authority; however, it has significantly simplified the method of implementing SSL on a site. See for an explanation. It will use the Automated Certificate Management Environment (ACME) protocol (see:

All reseller and SD servers have been upgraded in order to activate AutoSSL option. 

Questions and answers about new SSL feature:

What is the difference between dedicated SSL from Comodo or Geotrust you offer and Let's Encrypt?


1. It's free.
1. SSL is being issued in 1-2 minutes.
2. Renewals are automatic.
3. 99.9% browser support (same level as Geotrust and Comodo).


1. SSL is being issued for 3 months. However, renewals are automatic.
2. Let's Encrypt SSL is new and not yet recognized by end-users. In other words, it's not recommended for e-commerce. Tech savvy users may refuse to pay for goods/services if they see free SSL.
3. There is no seal / verification image.
4. SSL cannot be transferred, there are no keys to backup.
5. Key size is 2048 bits.

Can I see a demo of new Let's Encrypt SSL?

Sure, we installed it here for test purposes:

Do I have to purchase a dedicated IP for Let's Encrypt SSL?

Dedicated IP is not needed.

Is it possible to secure all domain names with Let's encrypt SSL?

No, because there is a limit of 100 SSL requests per server. Right now we're offering 5 Let's Encrypt SSLs per reseller or SD customer on "first come, first served" basis.

Are you planning to offer more free SSLs from Let's Encrypt?

Certainly. This feature is new and will be improved next year.

Do I need to submit my name, address, phone, email, company information and so on in order to get Let's Encrypt SSL?

There is no need for that. You can request Let's Encrypt SSL via support desk or live chat: 
The only thing we need from you - domain name and username to cPanel. SSL will be installed in minutes.

Can I install free Let's Encrypt SSL on addon or subdomain name added via cPanel?

Unfortunately, this wouldn't be possible.


We hope you'll enjoy new free SSL feature and would like to say thank you for continued support!


Your friends at WestNIC

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