I found a way to create an account on this community support site, but I haven’t been able to find a way to create an account so I can start making certificates. I don’t see any kind of “sign up” or “login” button. It seems like this would be a necessary step. Do I have the wrong idea?
Check out https://letsencrypt.org/getting-started/. You need to download some software to use Let’s Encrypt, and that software will handle signing up for you.
For people coming from a traditional CA who’ve obtained and installed certificates before, a more familiar experience might be something like https://zerossl.com/, which provides a third-party web interface to Let’s Encrypt’s certification services.
But we are definitely encouraging people to use downloadable client software or other integration with their server environment, especially in order to make automated certificate renewal possible. If you’re using a web interface, you’ll have to do the renewal entirely manually (at least once every three months).
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