Enabling Let's Encrypt SSL certificate on Apache for 2 domain names

September 19, 2016 148 views
Apache Let's Encrypt


I tried to get Let's Encrypt certificates for both my www and non-www domain names, then redirect all the requests to my www domain with https scheme.

I installed certbot on my VPS, then I tried many attempts to get both certificates:

1) I tried an all-in-one command:
certbot --apache -d -d

2) I tried the domain names separately in two commands:
certbot --apache -d
certbot --apache -d

3) I tried expanding the first SSL certificate.

The problem is that I always get an invalid certificate for my root domain:

Invalid Common Name: Default Company Ltd

1 Answer

Starting from a clean installation you should be able to set up this configuration using two -d flags for your www and non-www names as shown in #1 above. I recommend rebuilding your droplet with a clean LAMP install and then following this guide to set up your certificate.

If you encounter this problem or any other, please include your apache configuration files so we can review them and see any potential issues.

This tutorial will show you how to set up a free TLS/SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt on a Ubuntu 14.04 server running Apache as web server. SSL certificates are used within web servers to encrypt the traffic between server and client, providing extra security for users accessing your application.
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