Secure the Web. Give Your Site Its Own Secure Certificate.

DreamHost now offers FREE SSL/TLS certificates with Let's Encrypt.

We believe your private data should remain private! You should have a reasonable expectation that your interactions with a website won't be monitored by a third party. That's why DreamHost is so proud to offer secure hosting through a partnership with Let's Encrypt.

Let's Encrypt

Let's Encrypt is a new Certificate Authority (CA) that offers FREE secure certificates that are just as secure as current paid certificates, and provide the same HTTPS protection to your website. The project was pioneered to make encrypted connections the default standard throughout the internet. This is a large step forward for security and privacy.

Why Let's Encrypt?

It's free.

Anyone who owns a domain can obtain a trusted certificate for that domain at zero cost.

It's simple.

There's no payment, no validation emails, and certificates renew automatically.

It's automatic

The entire enrollment process for certificates occurs painlessly during the server's native installation or configuration process. The renewal occurs automatically in the background.

It's secure

Let's Encrypt will serve as a platform for implementing modern security techniques and best practices.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why use encryption?

  • Confidentiality: Only your browser and the server can decrypt the traffic.
  • Authentication: Ensure that both sender and recipient can validate each other's identities.
  • Integrity: End-to-end encryption protects data from being modified without your knowledge

What's the difference between free Let's Encrypt certificates and ones that cost money?

Certificates created by Let's Encrypt are functionally identical to any certificate you'd spend money for elsewhere. They're recognized as secure across all major web browsers with no additional work or configuration required by users. These certificates are valid for 90 days, and we auto-renew any certificates generated through DreamHost.

What exactly is SSL/TLS?

Transport Layer Security (TLS) and its predecessor, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) -- both of which are frequently referred to as 'SSL' -- are cryptographic protocols designed to provide communications security over a computer network.

What's the catch?

No catch! All of us at DreamHost are excited about this latest move toward a more secure Internet, and we want to share the tools with you.

Read more about Let's Encrypt

How do I get started?

For existing customers, visit the secure hosting section of your control panel to add a free Let's Encrypt security certificate to your domain.

Or select a new hosting plan: