Trouble configuring https://www for my domain



I am following the wordpress deployment instructions for Digital Ocean servers. I followed the instructions on creating certificates here:

I followed the specific instruction here:

./letsencrypt-auto certonly -a webroot --webroot-path=/var/www/html -d -d

But, as you can see, when you visit is trusted is trusted is not trusted

I don’t understand what mistake I made to where the proper keys were created for wwww but not www.


My domain is:

I ran this command:

It produced this output: Alternative names

My operating system is (include version): Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS

My web server is (include version): nginx/1.10.1

My hosting provider, if applicable, is:

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

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


How certain are you that the command you ran didn’t contain a typo (i.e. wwww instead of www)?

Either way, try running this:

./letsencrypt-auto certonly -a webroot --expand --force-renewal --webroot-path=/var/www/html -d -d

--expand will force the client to overwrite the existing certificate, while --force-renewal will force the client to renew the certificate even though it’s not close to expiring yet. If you still see a certificate for wwww after that (don’t forget to restart nginx), we’re looking at a rather weird issue. I’d be curious about the log files from /var/log/letsencrypt if that’s the case.


I’ve resolved the issue, thank you for your help!

I must have made the typing error the first time. At that time, my keys were stored in the directory in the Lets Encrypt directory structure.

After regenerating the keys making sure I made no typos, I was pulling my hair out, since I was getting the same error. After following your instructions, I see that the new keys are stored in the directory (instead of just, and had to update my configuration files accordingly.

Thank you!


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