How to use your free SSL certificate

We believe every website should be protected by SSL. The green https:// and padlock icon in the URL bar gives your customers peace of mind while protecting their browser session from eavesdropping. Some new domain extensions such as .app and .dev require SSL security, otherwise the site will not load at all!

Fortunately, Porkbun has you covered.

Every Porkbun account comes with a free Let's Encrypt SSL certificate that will renew automatically if you're using Porkbun as your DNS provider. Better yet, if you're using Porkbun's hosting package or site builder, you don't have to do anything at all to add SSL security: the sites will install automatically.

How to retrieve your SSL certificate

Don't want to host your website at Porkbun? No problem! You can still get an SSL from us as long as you are using our nameservers. To download your certificate, click the "Details" button in Domain Management. Then click the "Edit" link next to SSL.

Once the certificate is ready, click "Download SSL Bundle":

Your browser will download a .zip file that contains all necessary certificates to secure your website in .pem format. Do not share this file with anyone! You can install the .pem certificates in any modern web server. Instructions will vary by vendor.

How a Let's Encrypt certificate is similar to a traditional certificate

Let's Encrypt certificates are just as valid as a traditional one-year certificate. They are universally-recognized by all modern browsers and allow your site to display the green padlock symbol in your URL bar that indicates the connection is encrypted. Whether you're running an e-commerce site or just want to assure your visitors that their connection is private, your Let's Encrypt certificate gets the job done.

How a Let's Encrypt SSL certificate differs from a traditional certificate

If you use our Weebly-powered site builder or have traditional hosting with Porkbun, you will notice no difference! Your certificate will be automatically generated and installed on your website. If your web hosting is with us or you're using the site builder, you never need to do anything! Free SSL forever, woohoo!

If your hosting isn't with us, you can still use our Let's Encrypt certificates so long as you continue to use our nameservers. However, you should note they last 90 days and are renewed every 60 days. That means that every 60 days, a new certificate is generated and you have a one-month grace period to download it and install it into your web server.

Please note that in order for Let's Encrypt certificates to be automatically generated, you also need to be using Porkbun's DNS service. If you've assigned 3rd-party nameservers to your domain, Let's Encrypt certificate generation will fail. Unfortunately, we are unable to generate certificates when you're using 3rd-party nameservers. However, this 3rd-party service (not affiliated with Porkbun) allows you to easily do the exact same thing, no login required. Just visit this link:

If you click "Manual Verification (DNS)" it will lead you through a process identical to Porkbun's process. You can also use the HTTP verification method, which is preferable for many folks.

Finally, your web host may have their own implementation of Let's Encrypt, so it may be worth checking with them to see if they already have an automated solution in place.

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