Wildcard Let’s Encrypt certificates now available

Let’s Encrypt recently started offering wildcard SSL certificates that work with any subdomain, without forcing you to get a new SSL certificate every time you change the hostnames you use.

If we host your site’s DNS nameservers (which is true for almost all of our hosting customers), we can now automatically provide you with a wildcard certificate, for free. We’ve already updated every existing Let’s Encrypt certificate to be a wildcard wherever possible.

If you’re still paying GoDaddy $349.99 a year for a wildcard SSL certificate, or paying Network Solutions $579 a year for it, now might be a good time to switch to our service. 😉 (In the last week, we’ve provided several million dollars worth of wildcard certificates to our customers even at GoDaddy’s introductory prices. You’re welcome!)

We’re using Let’s Encrypt wildcard certificates ourselves, too

We’re now also using these certificates on everything related to our own services, too, including our website, blog, FTP servers, and mail servers.

Almost all customers shouldn’t notice any change, but if you use secure connections with old or unusual programs that don’t handle SSL connections properly, you might be asked to “accept” the new certificate.

In particular, FileZilla FTP program users who previously followed these instructions, and Eudora mail program users who previously followed these instructions, may need to “accept the certificate” again. Users of other very old, un-updated mail software, such as Netscape Communicator, may need to disable SSL or TLS security. (If you’re using one of these programs, we strongly recommend switching to a program that supports modern security protocols, such as the free Mozilla Thunderbird.)

As always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or difficulties.