SSL Certificate for redirected domain

January 28, 2019 350 views
Deployment WordPress Security Ubuntu 18.04


I successfully moved my website from Hostgator to DigitalOcean redirecting the domain to DO servers.
I then installed Wordpress and everything works fine.
Now I would like to add a SSL certificate to my new website. How can I do it? Will I simply need to edit the .htaccess file in order to add the "https" line?
Do I need to buy a certificate from Hostgator? as far as I can see another website I hosted on their server has the "https" but I did not buy any additional certificate (so I guess it was included).
My droplet has installed Ubuntu 18.04.

Thanks in advance for the answers.


1 Answer
jarland MOD January 28, 2019
Accepted Answer


Great question. This can be done at no cost to you, by using LetsEncrypt. The steps here are going to be a bit relative, but I'll share with you my method for finding the steps. I Google search this formula:

Distro + Web server + LetsEncrypt


Ubuntu 18 Apache LetsEncrypt

Here are a couple of possible tutorials:


by Hazel Virdó
by Kathleen Juell
In this tutorial, we will show you how to use Let's Encrypt to obtain a free SSL certificate and use it with Nginx on Ubuntu 18.04. We will also show you how to automatically renew your SSL certificate. If you're running a different web server, simply follow your web server's documentation to learn how to use the certificate with your setup.
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