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


Let’s Encrypt™ certificates are domain validated. Higher validation like OV and EV, wildcard, and multi-domain SSL certificates are not currently available with Simple SSL. Simple SSL is also not compatible with WordPress multisite, so bringing your own certificate is still required in these cases.

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!


Disable Force HTTPS (if active)

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.


It is extremely important that Force HTTPS is disabled before attempting to add Simple SSL! If your site is still trying to force HTTPS while you’re trying to switch to Simple SSL, validation will fail and the site won’t be able to load.

Edit SSL (if active)

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



Choose your primary domain

On the next page, 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, continue to the next step.


Select Simple SSL

Change your SSL option to Simple SSL.



Edit your information

We’ll ask you for some basic information about your site and domain, which should carry over from your previous cert. Just fill out the required fields.



Even when everything is configured properly, Simple SSL installation can take a few minutes. We recommend avoiding retrying or making any changes during this time, otherwise, the process may be delayed.

Validate your domain if needed; otherwise, sit tight!

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 Overview 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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