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How do I change the domain of my Simple SSL certificate?


At this time, our Simple SSL certificates are for paid subscriptions only. If you would like to test out a demo site with SSL, we recommend using our Local by Flywheel development software.

If you already have a Simple SSL certificate installed on your site, but need to change the domain for that certificate (because you’re changing the site’s primary domain, for example), it’s really easy! Just follow these steps and you’ll be on your way in no time:


Point DNS for your new domain to Flywheel

Make sure the DNS settings for your new domain are already configured to point to your Flywheel site, and that the new domain is added to your domains list in the Flywheel dashboard. For specific guides to that process, check out our help docs How do I go live on Flywheel? and How do I set up my DNS?

Helpful tip: You can make sure your domain is pointed properly with our handy DNS Health Checker tool!


If you have a www and non-www version of your domain, it’s important that both are pointed to your Flywheel site successfully. Validation will fail if Let’s Encrypt™ cannot verify both.

Edit SSL

Head to the Overview tab of the site’s Flywheel dashboard. You’ll see your active cert in the Domains card. Hover over the ... icon there, and select “Edit SSL” from the dropdown menu.



Add your new domain

As long as the domain is the only thing you’re changing, you can leave the SSL Certificate Information fields (like country and organization) as they are.

Just scroll down to the Select Domain Name section, and choose the domain you added in step 1. (Or, if you haven’t added your domain to the domains list yet, choose “Add SSL to new domain” from the dropdown menu there. Type your new domain in the “New domain” field (being sure to omit the “http://”) and then click the Complete SSL Setup button.)



Validate your domain (if needed)

If you already pointed your domain in step 1, Simple SSL should validate and activate automatically within about 10–15 minutes.

Just make sure DNS is pointed properly and has fully propagated, and that the site’s temporary Flywheel password is toggled off. If so, your new Simple SSL certificate will be up and running on your new domain very shortly and you’ll be good to go!


Otherwise, if your Flywheel site isn’t live yet, you’ll need to validate your domain first at this point, and you’ll see this screen:

Point your domain to Flywheel in order to validate for Simple SSL

For more information on validating your domain, check out How do I validate my domain for Simple SSL?

That’s it! You should be running a secure, encrypted site with Simple SSL within minutes of these steps. But if you have any questions or run into issues along the way, please let us know in the Flywheel app.

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