Free SSL Certificates
Free SSL certificates are now easily available and unlimited to all vpsmodel users. By making SSL deployment absurdly simple, we're continuing to empower our users to focus valuable time and energy on their businesses and projects.
When you use our new AutoSSL feature, vpsmodel will perform every step of the process needed to issue, deploy, and even renew SSL certificates for each of your apps. When you add a new domain to an app, ServerPilot will automatically authorize the domain with a certificate authority (CA), issue a certificate, and deploy it on your server. Whenever a certificate needs to be renewed, ServerPilot will automatically reissue the certificate and deploy it for you. You'll never have to think about CSRs, keys, authorizations, certificates, intermediate cert bundles, expiration dates, or renewals again.
How Are Free SSL Certificates Possible?
Until now, the only way to get SSL certificates that were trusted by browsers was to pay a CA for each SSL certificate. The cost normally started at $10 per year for single-domain certificates.
The process of obtaining a certificate from one of these CAs was very labor and time intensive. A few CAs offered APIs, but they weren't good APIs and couldn't be used to make SSL certificates truly painless for our users. (We know because we've always dreamed of automatically issuing SSL certificates and have been looking for a CA with a great API.)
Let's Encrypt makes SSL available for everybody
Let's Encrypt is a nonprofit with the goal of making SSL available as widely as possible. Notably, they are also entirely API-based and have designed a beautiful API. There is no way to obtain a certificate from them other than through their API.
Though a nonprofit, Let's Encrypt's future is safe as they've been extremely careful to design a scalable model and have obtained funding and sponsorship from major organizations such as Mozilla, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Google, and Facebook.
Limitations of Let's Encrypt
Though SSL certificates from Let's Encrypt are completely secure and already trusted by all browsers, Let's Encrypt is still in its early stages. To ensure reliability and scalability, they are enforcing very strict rate limiting and have a few other limitations on the certificates they will issue.
As a result of Let's Encrypt's strict rate limiting, we're not able to offer certificates for subdomains; that is, ServerPilot can issue certificates for registered domains (for example, serverpilot.io and www.serverpilot.io), but we can't issue certificates that include subdomains (for example, foo.svpsmodel.com). It is possible that Let's Encrypt will loosen their rate limiting in the future, though whether they do and to what degree isn't certain.
Get Started with AutoSSL
If you're already a vpsmodel user, log in to enable AutoSSL for your apps. AutoSSL is available on all vpsmodel cloud servers.