Great news folks!! Starting in January 2018 Let’s Encrypt will start issuing wildcard SSL certificates. They cite that wildcards have been a common feature request and are hoping that it makes managing and deploying HTTPS that much easier going forward.
Wildcard SSL certificates can secure any number of subdomains on a base domain (e.g. subdomain.example.com). They can make it easier for administrators to manage a single certificate for a domain and all subdomains. Prior to Let’s Encrypt issuing free certificates this meant admins had to purchase only one certificate to cover all subdomains. Since then, we haven’t had much need for wildcard certs, but this is good news nonetheless.
A 100% HTTPS web
Let’s Encrypt will be offering these wildcard certificates free of charge, just as they continue to offer their standard certificates for free. Let’s Encrypt has been a big driver towards moving the web to 58% encrypted page loads, up from 40% when they began. Let’s Encrypt is a nonprofit organization that depends on the community for support. You can help by donating here.
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