How to configure Let’s Encrypt certificate for your shared hosting


letsencryptCore-Admin (, includes a specific application to manage and request Let’s Encrypt certificates. It also has a “one-click” application that allows requesting a certificate for a particular shared hosting. We explain how.

Request a Let’s Encrypt cert : one-click steps

Log in into your shared hosting panel, click on your Shared hosting application and then click on “Options”. Finally, click on “Request Let’s Encrypt certificate”

After that, a new window will allow you configure what hosting do you want to request a certificate for. You will have to input an email contact address:

Let's encrypt details dialog

Introducing Let’s Encrypt details to request certificate

After that, the process will end with an information message. If there were any error, please, read it carefully to correct errors reported.

Next steps

If everything finished without errors, your web page is now available through usual access or the secured version

Now, it only remains that you or programming team update web page to use certificate installed so it creates content using https:// instead of http://

It is not a something that can be done automatically. It requires updating how your web page generates content to adapt it.

Common errors reported when requesting a Let’s Encrypt cert

In order to work, Let’s Encrypt needs the following requirements:

  1. DNS name for the shared hosting must resolve to the server where the certificate is being requested.
  2. Port 80/tcp/http must be available (without firewall nor blocking system) so Let’s Encrypt servers can do a “back-connection” to verify the process. This “back-connection” is just a http:// connection directed to your hosting so Let’s Encrypt’s servers can verify your server is the one requesting the certificate.

How do I redirect web request from http:// to https://

In general, the best source to respond this question is to check technical documentation for the web engine your are using. Next, we explain common examples:

  1. For WordPress, get into general settings for WordPress and change WordPress (URL) and site URL:
    Cambio URL wordpress
  2. For custom PHP sites, use header() function. A working example follows:
    function isSecure() {
        (!empty($_SERVER['HTTPS']) && $_SERVER['HTTPS'] !== 'off')
        || $_SERVER['SERVER_PORT'] == 443;
    if (! isSecure ()) {
       /* redirigir la web a https:// si no isSecure */
       $url = $_SERVER["HTTP_HOST"] . $_SERVER["REQUEST_URI"];
       header ("Location: https://$url); 
       exit (0);
  3. You can also implement this redirection with .htaccess. Update this file at the root folder for your hosting (for example, via FTP) to include the following changes:
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
    RewriteRule (.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]

After applying changes, I get “Mixed Content” errors

IMPORTANT NOTE: even though you implement these redirections, keep in mind web content and how your web is programmed, might need additional updates to make it generate content using https:// links intead of http://

Otherwise javascript “Mixed content” will appear.

This error means web page is loading with https:// properly but the web content is still using http:// links.

To correct this, update webpage to make all css, javascript, images, etc, to be loaded using protected url, using https://

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