Host asked me to contact Let's Encrypt with my CSR

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My domain is:

I did not run a command, but reached out to my host to verify shell access. I was told that SSL cannot be enabled from my end and that I need to contact Let’s Encrypt and provide them my website CSR. I am at a loss of what to do next.

Thank you for your help.

Hi @FallenDisciples

that's how typical CAAs are working. The customers creates a CSR, sends the CSR to the CAA, the CAA sends a mail with a link, the customer clicks the link and confirms his domain ownership - then the CAA signes the CSR and sends the certificate back.

But that's not how Letsencrypt works.

Please read

You have to use a client to create a CSR and a certificate.

If you don't have root access, your hoster should support such an automation. If not, you have to do that every 60 - 85 days, because Letsencrypt certificates are only 90 days valid. So it's painful.

There are some online clients ( ) you may use.

But your domain

Checked via - that can't work.

Host T IP-Address is auth. ∑ Queries ∑ Timeout Name Error yes 1 0 Name Error yes 1 0

There is no dns entry visible. Are you the owner of that domain? Or is it a typo? You must have a worldwide unique domain name and a dns entry.


Thank you for your reply, I appreciate it greatly. I will start the process now and update you how far I get.

That was a typo on the domain, it is .


Now your domain is visible ( ):

Host T IP-Address is auth. ∑ Queries ∑ Timeout A yes 2 0
AAAA yes C yes 1 0
A yes

But there is already a Letsencrypt certificate, which is active:

CertSpotter-Id Issuer not before not after Domain names LE-Duplicate next LE
874913596 CN=Let's Encrypt Authority X3, O=Let's Encrypt, C=US 2019-04-22 01:05:55 2019-07-21 01:05:55,,,,,, - 7 entries

Looks like you use cPanel.

Isn't it possible to use that certificate? That should work without manual actions.

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