How to setup Let's encrypt ssl certificate to an installed wordpress droplet?

Hi, I am new to DigitalOcean. I have my wordpress site up and running now. But I want to install Let’s Encrypt ssl certificate to the site. Can you please advise on how to do it? Since I was using the wizard to install the wordpress website, I am not sure nginx is already installed in the droplet. And I am seeing in the videos that Let’s Encrypt ssl can be installed with nginx. But I afraid if I install NGINX it will break my hosted site. Please help on this.

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Hi @rupeshjellyfish,

You can install Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates on popular web servers, such as Nginx and Apache.

We can verify that the Nginx is installed and check its version by using the following command:

$ nginx -v

If Nginx is installed successfully then the webserver should already be up and running:

$ systemctl status nginx

For Apache, you can try:

$ systemctl status apache2

Hope that helps you,

Sergio Turpín

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October 21, 2022

Hi @rupeshjellyfish,

There are tools that you can use that will help you automatically to redirect HTTP to HTTPS traffic. In this day and age, HTTP shouldn’t be used at all and everything should be loaded via HTTPS so you are on the right track! Regarding the HOW TO, you need to use a package called certbot. This is the best article you can give read to:

It will explain to you how to install the Certbot package and install Let’s Encrypt with it, a free SSL you can use. Additionally, certbot will automatically configure your Nginx so that your Domain redirects from HTTP to HTTPS.