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Enhancing Website Security with cPanel’s AutoSSL Configuration

In the modern digital landscape, the importance of website security cannot be overstated. SSL certificates not only bolster security but also inspire confidence in your online audience. Moreover, search engines actively prioritize websites equipped with SSL certificates, potentially resulting in improved search engine rankings. 

Two widely recognized categories of SSL certificates are free SSLs and premium Dedicated SSL Certificates. Despite their differences in cost, both offer equivalent encryption levels, ensuring your website’s protection.

AutoSSL is a robust feature integrated within cPanel that streamlines SSL certificate management. AutoSSL seamlessly secures eligible domains with complimentary Domain Validated (DV) SSL certificates, safeguarding essential services like Apache, Dovecot, Exim, Web Disk, and the cPanel Server. The added advantage is that your SSL certificate remains up to date, undergoing automatic renewal.

  • In the event you seek to replace a valid SSL certificate from another provider with AutoSSL, the initial step involves manual deletion of the existing certificate.
  • This can be easily accomplished through cPanel’s Security section by selecting “Manage SSL Sites.”

Let’s proceed with the steps to install a free SSL certificate via cPanel’s AutoSSL feature:

Step 1: Log in to cPanel

            Access cPanel account using your credentials.

Step 2: Locate the SSL/TLS Status option within the Security section of your cPanel account, where you’ll manage your SSL certificates.

cPanel security

Step 3: Select the Domain(s) and Run AutoSSL

Auto SSL

Step 4:Choose the domain(s) for which you wish to install an SSL certificate and initiate the AutoSSL process.

AutoSSL will automatically request a new SSL certificate from Comodo. Typically, this process takes only a few minutes, though in some cases, it may extend to a day due to daily request limits. Once completed, your domain will feature a fresh and valid AutoSSL certificate.


Note: If AutoSSL encounters any errors, the page will update with a failure notification explaining the current issue. In the example below, the domain “domain.com” does not resolve to the given IP address.

Auto SSL Error

Purchasing a Dedicated SSL

For those who necessitate advanced features provided by Dedicated SSL Certificates, we recommend consulting our article on purchasing a Dedicated SSL Certificate, coupled with our comprehensive installation guide.

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