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Trying, and failing, to get an SSL up on a wordpress droblet

Started trying to get an SSL up on my latest wordpress project. I grabbed the ‘Really Simple SSL’ plugin on wordpress, and walked through it’s steps.

It asks me to set up an SSL on DO via the Settings - Security - Add Certificate from the DO dashboard. I have created that certificate now I am sitting here, waiting. Wordpress/plugin still can’t see the certificate.

Upon using https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/index.html to try to check for the certificate it just responds with “Assessment failed: Unable to connect to the server”

So, I am at a loss now and between this and a tablet problem my frustration has reached critical levels. The tablet is somewhere down the hallway.

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Turns out my problem was that I had my domain.com set but didn’t have the www.domain.com set and that was the cause of all my problems. WOO!


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My mistake was that I did not have the www.domain.com set up in my domain redirects.

Hi @Kaote,

The best and easiest solution I think for you, in this case, is to use Let’s Encrypt and certbot.

First I urge you to check the following plugin:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-letsencrypt-ssl/

Additionally, I’ll recommend checking this tutorial on how to install certbot and configure it on your Droplet for your Domain:

If you are using Nginx:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-secure-nginx-with-let-s-encrypt-on-ubuntu-20-04

If you are using Apache2:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-secure-apache-with-let-s-encrypt-on-ubuntu-20-04