How did you set up your website?

If you have a website, you maybe went through a process that included:

  1. Buying a
    domain
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    A domain name is a human-readable identifier for a website that someone can type into the URL bar of their browser to go to that website. The domain name doesn’t include the parts of the URL after the first single slash mark (/).

    A domain name is a human-readable identifier for a website that someone can type into the URL bar of their browser to go to that website. The domain name doesn’t include the parts of the URL after the first single slash mark (/).

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    domain
    Domain Name

    A domain name is a human-readable identifier for a website that someone can type into the URL bar of their browser to go to that website. The domain name doesn’t include the parts of the URL after the first single slash mark (/).

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    from a company (yourwebsite.com)
  2. Choosing a
    server
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    A server is a computer on the Internet that provides a service, like a web site or an email service. Most web site owners pay a hosting provider for the use of a server located in a data center and administered over the Internet. This might be a physical dedicated server, a virtual private server (VPS), or a shared server. Other servers provide other parts of the Internet infrastructure, such as DNS servers.

    A server is a computer on the Internet that provides a service, like a web site or an email service. Most web site owners pay a hosting provider for the use of a server located in a data center and administered over the Internet. This might be a physical dedicated server, a virtual private server (VPS), or a shared server. Other servers provide other parts of the Internet infrastructure, such as DNS servers.

    From our Certbot Glossary
    server
    Server

    A server is a computer on the Internet that provides a service, like a web site or an email service. Most web site owners pay a hosting provider for the use of a server located in a data center and administered over the Internet. This might be a physical dedicated server, a virtual private server (VPS), or a shared server. Other servers provide other parts of the Internet infrastructure, such as DNS servers.

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    to host that website. This often involves picking a
    hosting provider
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    A hosting provider is a company or other organization that helps you get your website online. Hosting providers are usually paid by a customer and offer a variety of different plans and services, including shared hosting, virtual private servers, and dedicated servers. Their servers are usually located in data centers, and the sites or servers they host are usually administered remotely over the Internet.

    A hosting provider is a company or other organization that helps you get your website online. Hosting providers are usually paid by a customer and offer a variety of different plans and services, including shared hosting, virtual private servers, and dedicated servers. Their servers are usually located in data centers, and the sites or servers they host are usually administered remotely over the Internet.

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    hosting provider
    Hosting Provider

    A hosting provider is a company or other organization that helps you get your website online. Hosting providers are usually paid by a customer and offer a variety of different plans and services, including shared hosting, virtual private servers, and dedicated servers. Their servers are usually located in data centers, and the sites or servers they host are usually administered remotely over the Internet.

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    A web browser showing an http site
    your
    website domain
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    A domain name is a human-readable identifier for a website that someone can type into the URL bar of their browser to go to that website. The domain name doesn’t include the parts of the URL after the first single slash mark (/).

    A domain name is a human-readable identifier for a website that someone can type into the URL bar of their browser to go to that website. The domain name doesn’t include the parts of the URL after the first single slash mark (/).

    From our Certbot Glossary
    website domain
    Domain Name

    A domain name is a human-readable identifier for a website that someone can type into the URL bar of their browser to go to that website. The domain name doesn’t include the parts of the URL after the first single slash mark (/).

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    (http://example.com)
    might be purchased from a
    domain registrar
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    A domain registrar is an organization that website operators purchase domains from.

    A domain registrar is an organization that website operators purchase domains from.

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    domain registrar
    Domain Registrar

    A domain registrar is an organization that website operators purchase domains from.

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    company
    A server
    a
    server
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    A server is a computer on the Internet that provides a service, like a web site or an email service. Most web site owners pay a hosting provider for the use of a server located in a data center and administered over the Internet. This might be a physical dedicated server, a virtual private server (VPS), or a shared server. Other servers provide other parts of the Internet infrastructure, such as DNS servers.

    A server is a computer on the Internet that provides a service, like a web site or an email service. Most web site owners pay a hosting provider for the use of a server located in a data center and administered over the Internet. This might be a physical dedicated server, a virtual private server (VPS), or a shared server. Other servers provide other parts of the Internet infrastructure, such as DNS servers.

    From our Certbot Glossary
    server
    Server

    A server is a computer on the Internet that provides a service, like a web site or an email service. Most web site owners pay a hosting provider for the use of a server located in a data center and administered over the Internet. This might be a physical dedicated server, a virtual private server (VPS), or a shared server. Other servers provide other parts of the Internet infrastructure, such as DNS servers.

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    hosts your website
    A cluster of three servers
    and this server might be provided by a
    hosting provider
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    A hosting provider is a company or other organization that helps you get your website online. Hosting providers are usually paid by a customer and offer a variety of different plans and services, including shared hosting, virtual private servers, and dedicated servers. Their servers are usually located in data centers, and the sites or servers they host are usually administered remotely over the Internet.

    A hosting provider is a company or other organization that helps you get your website online. Hosting providers are usually paid by a customer and offer a variety of different plans and services, including shared hosting, virtual private servers, and dedicated servers. Their servers are usually located in data centers, and the sites or servers they host are usually administered remotely over the Internet.

    From our Certbot Glossary
    hosting provider
    Hosting Provider

    A hosting provider is a company or other organization that helps you get your website online. Hosting providers are usually paid by a customer and offer a variety of different plans and services, including shared hosting, virtual private servers, and dedicated servers. Their servers are usually located in data centers, and the sites or servers they host are usually administered remotely over the Internet.

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  3. Often, people will pick a
    shared hosting product
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    Shared hosting is a kind of web hosting in which several customers’ web sites are hosted by the same server, which is mainly administered by the web hosting provider. Usually customers administer their own sites on a shared server using a web-based control panel interface. This is less expensive than VPS hosting and often calls for less technical knowledge on the customer’s part; overall, it’s the most popular type of web hosting environment.

    Certbot is less suitable for use in most shared hosting environments because it’s usually easier and more reliable to ask the hosting provider to set up HTTPS. (Some shared hosting users use Certbot, most often because their hosting providers are uncooperative or don’t have another way to enable HTTPS support for customer sites.)

    Shared hosting is a kind of web hosting in which several customers’ web sites are hosted by the same server, which is mainly administered by the web hosting provider. Usually customers administer their own sites on a shared server using a web-based control panel interface. This is less expensive than VPS hosting and often calls for less technical knowledge on the customer’s part; overall, it’s the most popular type of web hosting environment. Certbot is less suitable for use in most shared hosting environments because it’s usually easier and more reliable to ask the hosting provider to set up HTTPS....

    From our Certbot Glossary
    shared hosting product
    Shared Hosting

    Shared hosting is a kind of web hosting in which several customers’ web sites are hosted by the same server, which is mainly administered by the web hosting provider. Usually customers administer their own sites on a shared server using a web-based control panel interface. This is less expensive than VPS hosting and often calls for less technical knowledge on the customer’s part; overall, it’s the most popular type of web hosting environment.

    Certbot is less suitable for use in most shared hosting environments because it’s usually easier and more reliable to ask the hosting provider to set up HTTPS. (Some shared hosting users use Certbot, most often because their hosting providers are uncooperative or don’t have another way to enable HTTPS support for customer sites.)

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    from the hosting provider, which may include an HTTPS certificate as part of their package. This page is for these users.

Do you use shared hosting?

If you’re not using the shared hosting product, or if your provider doesn’t appear here, check out our instructions for using Certbot or get help.

The list is categorized into:

Full HTTPS Support: Hosting providers that offer free Let’s Encrypt HTTPS certificates automatically for their shared hosting product. No need to do anything on your end if you use their service.

Partial HTTPS Support: Hosting providers that offer free Let’s Encrypt HTTPS certificates for their shared hosting product, but require configuration. You’ll need to follow a tutorial.

No HTTPS Support: Hosting providers that do not offer free HTTPS certificates for their shared hosting product. It may or may not be possible to use Certbot with other products that the provider offers, such as their VPS product.