Hit the rate limit while activating ssl

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My domain is: imperialpanel.co.uk

I ran this command: certbot certonly --standalone -d imperialpanel.co.uk

It produced this output: An unexpected error occurred:
There were too many requests of a given type :: Error creating new order :: too many failed authorizations recently: see Rate Limits - Let's Encrypt

My web server is (include version): none yet

The operating system my web server runs on is (include version): ubuntu LTS 18.04

My hosting provider, if applicable, is: none

I can login to a root shell on my machine (yes or no, or I don't know): yes

I'm using a control panel to manage my site (no, or provide the name and version of the control panel): no - trying to install a control panel with ssl

The version of my client is (e.g. output of certbot --version or certbot-auto --version if you're using Certbot): 0.27.0

Welcome to the community @Imperial

I am not sure what you want assistance with. Your Rate Limit is caused by having too many failed attempts to create a cert using the production Let's Encrypt system. Look for your error message in the Rate Limit link in your post for more details.

You can use the --dry-run option to use the test system which is more forgiving of failed attempts.

I see you got certs about a month ago so I presume you know how to use the --standalone option. That is not as commonly used as other methods.

If you want help with the cause of the repeated failures just use the --dry-run and report back what the error messages are.

I will note that version of certbot is pretty old and your Ubuntu version would support a current snap based install described here.


omg thank you. You helped me so much with this. I was getting really frustrated with it and it was not working at all. I am glad to have people like you around. I have everything that i need sorting sorted now, thanks again!


You should probably consider adding the "www":

Name:    imperialpanel.co.uk

Name:    www.imperialpanel.co.uk

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