How do i change to a completely new domain?

Posted February 26, 2019 1.4k views
NetworkingLet's EncryptUbuntu 18.04


I’m having quite a difficult time changing the domain to a completely different one. Currently the domain with SSL is the but im looking to change over to and also install SSL.

I just want it to point to, i don’t care about the old domain redirecting.

I can’t seem to find any tutorials for this.


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Hey friend,

There are some specifics on your setup that I do not know, and for that reason I’m going to focus on the high level steps.

Step 1: Change your virtual host (Apache) / server block (Nginx) to adjust references from to

Step 2: Run certbot to get a certificate for, you’ll be prompted for the values.

Keep in mind that your web application may create another step for you. Applications like Wordpress, for example, store the URL they are intended to run at in their configurations, which causes them to redirect all traffic to the domain set.


  • So i finally got the certbot to work properly on but now none of my images are loading. I got the following response from the server when running the encryption

    Congratulations! You have successfully enabled and
    You should test your configuration at:
     - Congratulations! Your certificate and chain have been saved at:
       Your key file has been saved at:
       Your cert will expire on 2019-05-27. To obtain a new or tweaked
       version of this certificate in the future, simply run certbot again
       with the "certonly" option. To non-interactively renew *all* of
       your certificates, run "certbot renew"
     - Some rewrite rules copied from
       /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default.conf were disabled in the
       vhost for your HTTPS site located at
       /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default-le-ssl.conf because they
       have the potential to create redirection loops.
     - If you like Certbot, please consider supporting our work by:
       Donating to ISRG / Let's Encrypt:
       Donating to EFF:          

    Now none of my images are loading on the site.

Hey there,

First you have to create the nwe domain on your domain provider and point it to your server, then you have to change your apache/nginx site configuration,changing the server name from to Then you will be able to create your SSL certificate through a Certificate Authority or creating yourself the certificate usign tools like certbot.