Moving from Godaddy to lets encrypt


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My domain is:

I ran this command:

certbot --apache
It produced this output:


My web server is (include version):

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

My hosting provider, if applicable, is:

I can login to a root shell on my machine (yes or no, or I don’t know):
I’m using a control panel to manage my site (no, or provide the name and version of the control panel):


Please assist, i convinced my company we don’t need to buy certificates and now i am struggling!
the site is currently with go daddy cert, not sure if i need to remove it first?



If you don’t provide all information on the list… I’m afriad (personally) I can’t help you. Since I won’t even know what is the actual issue.

Thank you


can i know first if i need to remove the go daddy certificate or if lets encrypt takes care of that?


I’m not sure… it depend on the server & hosting configs.

If you are on shared hosting w/ cPanel, you would need to config those manually.
If you are on VPS or dedicated hosting, you might need to remove those by yourself, since certbot could took care of it, but it might messed up your config.


certbot --apache
Saving debug log to /var/log/letsencrypt/letsencrypt.log
Plugins selected: Authenticator apache, Installer apache
Starting new HTTPS connection (1):

Which names would you like to activate HTTPS for?


Select the appropriate numbers separated by commas and/or spaces, or leave input
blank to select all options shown (Enter ‘c’ to cancel):
Obtaining a new certificate
Performing the following challenges:
http-01 challenge for
Enabled Apache rewrite module
Waiting for verification…
Cleaning up challenges
Failed authorization procedure. (http-01): urn:acme:error:unauthorized :: The client lacks sufficient authorization :: Invalid response from "

404 Not Found

Not Found



cat /etc/issue
Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS \n \l


The issue is that, for whatever reason, your web server is failing to serve the challenge file from ./well-known/acme-challenge. Can you place a test text file here and verify that you can successfully retrieve it?




Yes, it works. But if Certbot fails again: Perhaps you have a special apache configuration, so Certbot doesn’t find the right place.


I see the certificates are specified on,
not sure if i need to change anything there?

SSLCertificateFile /etc/apache2/ssl/wifinow.crt
SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/apache2/ssl/wifinow.key


This is your Godaddy - certificate. Actually, there is no Letsencrypt-certificate


yes…what do i need to do lol


I believe the best path forward would be to try manually specifying your webroot directory to Certbot, as it appears to not be placing the challenge files in the right place. Try this:

certbot -a webroot -i apache -w /path/to/webroot -d

Note that /path/to/webroot in this case is the root of your web directory, not .well-known/acme-challenge itself. So, by default, /var/www/html or something like it.


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