How to install the free SSL certificate from “Let’s Encrypt” on NameCheap Shared Hosting Server without SSH access. [Working]

Do you want to make your website secure by enabling https:// by installing Free SSL certificate from “Let’s Encrypt” on NameCheap Shared Hosting Server without SSH access? If the answer is YES, then follow the steps below to achieve the same completely free.

In fact, this will work on any hosting server which allows installation of SSL certificates through cPanel.

All of the procedure needs to be done on your own desktop/laptop and generate the certificate. Once done, install the certificate on your hosting server through cpanel.

These two prerequisites must be set up on your desktop/laptop before starting the procedure:

openssl
python

Step 1: Create a directory and clone the “acme-nosudo” helper script.

Step 2: Generate an user account key to register with Let’s Encrypt.

Step 3: Generate the domain key and a certificate request which will get signed for free for your domain by Let’s Encrypt.

To know the path for the “openssl.cnf” configuration file, use the command ” openssl version -a “. This will show you the OPENSSLDIR: “/System/Library/OpenSSL”

Step 4: Run the script using python using your user account public key and the domain CSR.

Use the “–file-based” option to allow verify the challenge by creating and serving the desired file with desired content at desired URL on your server. This removes the need of having SSH access to your server.

During this process, the script asks you to run some manual commands, you need to run them in a separate terminal window. You need to keep the script open while you run them. Also, the challenge files can be created for verification using the “FileManager” at the desired directory.

Output:

Now, your certificate is signed and ready to be installed on your shared hosting server. Open the files “signed.crt” and “domain.key” with any text editor.

Step 5: Open the cPanel in the browser and install the certificate.

* Go to cPanel > Security > SSL/TLS and press on “Manage SSL Sites”.
* Select the domain you want to install the certificate. in my case it is “wpdelighter.com”
* In Certificate: (CRT) paste the content of the recently created “signed.crt”
* In Private Key: (KEY) paste the content of “domain.key”
* Press Autofill by Domain button, next to the domain selection drop-down.
* Press Install certificate.

If everything goes well, your let’s encrypt certificate is successfully installed on NameCheap shared hosting server.

Get your website on https and get ranked higher on Google

In a recent blog, Google has announced that TLS, SSL enabled websites(https://) will be getting added advantages in SEO ranking. In order to make the Internet more safe and secure, Google has started using HTTPS as a ranking signal, that means if you site is HTTPS enabled you will get ranked higher. However they have also cleared that this ranking signal weighs less than signals like high-quality content etc.HTTPS as Google's ranking signal

Even though, some may think it as hypocritical of Google who has products which doesn’t follow HTTPS( like the BlogSpot), but Google has made this a part of SEO and may increase the weight of this ranking signal in near future. The whole purpose of this initiative is to keep everyone safe on the web. Website owners !! its time to switch from http to https. Encryption is going to be the key to SEO !! So, Get your website on https and get ranked higher on Google.

For more details visit the official Google Webmaster Central blog: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.in/2014/08/https-as-ranking-signal.html