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How do I switch from using my own SSL certificate to using Simple SSL?

Updated on August 12th, 2020

If you have a third-party SSL certificate installed on Flywheel and would like to switch to using our free Simple SSL powered by Let’s Encrypt™, just follow these steps!


Let’s Encrypt™ certificates are domain validated. Higher validation like OV (Organization Validation) and EV (Extended Validation), and wildcard SSL certificates are not currently available with Simple SSL.

Remove SSL

Head to the Overview tab of the site’s Flywheel dashboard. Look for your Domains list on the right-hand side. Next to the “Secured with SSL” text, hover over the ... icon and then click the “Remove SSL” option.


Enable SSL

Now, in the same Domains box, click “Enable SSL”



Select the domain(s) you'd like to secure

This is where you’ll choose for which of your site’s domains you’d like to enable Simple SSL.

You can select any or all of the domains that appear in the site’s Domains list on the Overview tab of the site’s Flywheel Dashboard. Keep in mind that DNS for every domain selected will need to be pointed properly to the Flywheel site’s IP address, else Simple SSL installation will fail. An initial DNS check for each domain in the Domains list will be run automatically.

You can see the DNS status of each domain on the domain selection screen:

In the above image, you can see that the top three domains have been verified by our DNS checker as having been correctly pointed to the Flywheel IP, indicated by the green checkmark.


Simple SSL supports up to 50 domain names per certificate. If your site has more that 50 domains (look at you!) please reach out to our friendly Happiness Engineers, we’ll hook you up!

Review any domain(s) that failed the DNS checker

Any domains that are not pointed to Flywheel will show an orange warning icon. Double-check the DNS settings for this domain, and then click the Check DNS Again button in order to retry.


The DNS checker will not always be 100% accurate. For example, if you are pointing DNS via a proxy, like Cloudflare, the Flywheel DNS checker will not be able to confirm that DNS is pointed to Flywheel.

If you are sure that DNS is set up correctly, feel free to ignore this warning.

Once you’re satisfied with the results of the DNS check, click that green Complete SSL Setup button, and our system will get to work installing SSL for you!

That’s it! As always, if you have any questions or if you could use any help along the way, don’t hesitate to reach out to Flywheel support.

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