How to get a free wildcard certificate

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I am looking for wildcard certificate for subdomains created by users on my domain.

My domain is:

I ran this command: No

It produced this output: Not applicable

My web server is (include version): PHP 7.4 on APACHE

The operating system my web server runs on is (include version): PHP 7.4 on APACHE

My hosting provider, if applicable, is:

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

I'm using a control panel to manage my site (no, or provide the name and version of the control panel): NO

The version of my client is (e.g. output of certbot --version or certbot-auto --version if you're using Certbot): - Not sure

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Hi @xgabara, welcome to the LE community forum :slight_smile:

Wildcard certs are very useful, but they do require a bit more to get and automate.
There are two key components to successfully automating wildcard certs:

  • using a DNS Service Provider (DSP) that supports DNS updates via API
    [there are some tricks here if your primary DSP doesn't support API updates]
  • an ACME client that has a plugin for your DSP

So, step #1 Verify if your DSP supports API updates.


I'm a little bit puzzled by this combination. Having no root access suggests you have a shared hosting plan at Dreamhost, correct? If that's the case, I'm 100 % certain Dreamhost offers some kind of control panel, for example cPanel or Plesk. Although on their site I'm reading "dedicated DreamHost control panel", so it might be a custom build control panel. But a control panel nonetheless.

Or you have a VPS, but in that case you'd have root access over your VPS.

It matters very much if you are on shared hosting or have a VPS for us to guide you further.

To the rest of the Community: Dreamhost offers LE certs, but does not offer wildcard certificates:

Are wildcard certificates available for use?

No. Although 'Let's Encrypt' offers wildcard certificates, it is currently not possible to use them at DreamHost. If you need SSL certificates on your subdomains, you must enable them individually.

So that's unfortunate..

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