Small business need to set up SSL encryption on Bluehost

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My domain is:

I ran this command:

It produced this output:

My operating system is (include version): windows 7 professional

My web server is (include version): Linux

My hosting provider, if applicable, is: bluehost

I can login to a root shell on my machine (yes or no, or I don’t know): I think so? I have Filezilla

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

I was told I need SSL encryption - but I am a VERY small business and do not have enough customers to warrant paying an extra $15/month for an https. I am trying to set up letsencrypt, but I am not sure if I can do it on Bluehost, and if I can, how do I do so. Thank you for your help.

As far as I can tell on the basic accounts, bluehost does not support you installing an SSL certificate.

It may well be worth checking out hosts that support letsencrypt and finding one that meets all your needs.

I have prepaid for hosting for the next 3 yrs, and as i mentioned, i am a
very small businesses and need to keep costs very low. any other
suggestions besides switching host provider?

It looks like Bluehost has not configured their hosting to support no-cost SSL support. You would either need to use the special shared certificate they provide or you’ll need to pay extra for a dedicated IP for manually installing a certificate.

This kind of thing isn’t too uncommon for super-low-cost hosting plans. The company barely breaks even on costs for hosting plans, so they set up all kinds of paid “extras” that allow them to make some profit (the GoDaddy model, I call it).

BlueHost suggests it supports the generation of a CSR for signing by a 3rd party CA for shared hosting:

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