If you have a third-party SSL certificate installed on Flywheel and would like to switch to using our new free Simple SSL through Let’s Encrypt™, just follow these steps!
Make sure that Force HTTPS is toggled “off” in the Advanced tab of the site’s Flywheel Dashboard. In addition, if there are any plugins or settings on your site currently forcing HTTPS connections, it’s important to disable those.
Head to the Add-ons tab of the site’s Flywheel dashboard. Hover over gear icon in the upper right of the SSL support box, and click the “Disable SSL” button. This will disable the currently installed SSL certificate so that it can be removed. (Note: SSL may already be disabled, particularly if the existing certificate is expired. If that’s the case, continue.)
Once SSL is disabled and inactive, hover over the same gear icon in the upper right of the SSL support box, and click the “Remove SSL Support” button.
Still in the Add-ons tab of the site’s Flywheel dashboard, click the “Add SSL Support” button.
Make sure “Simple SSL certificate” is checked as shown below, and then click the “Configure SSL” button.
We’ll ask you for some basic information about your site and domain, which we need to generate a CSR for your cert. Just fill out the required fields, then choose which domain you’d like to use.
This is where you’ll choose which of your site’s domains you’d like to enable Simple SSL on.
We strongly recommend you select your site’s primary domain. This will help avoid any potential issues and make the verification process easier.
But you can select any domain that you already have in the site’s domains list, or you can get Simple SSL for a new domain that you haven’t added to the site yet:
Just bear in mind that your certificate will only work on the domain you select here. Once you’ve selected (or added) the domain for the cert, click “Submit.”
This step will likely be unneeded if you already had an SSL certificate installed, since that probably means your domain was already pointed to your Flywheel site.
If that’s the case and your site is already live, then validation should just take a few minutes. You can occasionally refresh your browser in the Add-ons tab of the Flywheel dashboard, and eventually you should see a successfully installed Simple SSL cert:
Otherwise, you’ll need to complete validation, and you’ll be directed to a validation screen. For more details, please see How do I validate my domain for Simple SSL?
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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