Chris Mendez in DevOps, For Developers, Wordpress, AWS, EC2, SSL

Install Let's Encrypt SSL on Wordpress Lightsail or EC2 by Bitnami

We are going to use Let's Encrypt Certificate Authority to create and install a free SSL certificate.

Step 1 - Log In

ssh -i /path/to/file.pem

Step 2 - Install Git

Update your package manager.

sudo apt-get update

Install Git.

sudo apt-get install git

Step 3 - Download and install Certbot

Certbot is the client tool that will allow you to request and install an SSL certificate from Let's Encrypt.

cd /tmp

Download Certbot.

git clone

Install Certbot.

cd certbot && ./certbot-auto

Step 4 - Request and install an SSL certificate

Generate And Install A Let's Encrypt Certificate using Certbot.

./certbot-auto certonly --webroot -w /opt/bitnami/apps/wordpress/htdocs/ -d SUBDOMAIN.MYDOMAIN.COM

Step 5 - Configure Apache

Link your SSL certificate and certificate key file to the correct locations.

sudo ln -s /etc/letsencrypt/live/SUBDOMAIN.MYDOMAIN.COM/fullchain.pem /opt/bitnami/apache2/conf/server.crt
sudo ln -s /etc/letsencrypt/live/SUBDOMAIN.MYDOMAIN.COM/privkey.pem /opt/bitnami/apache2/conf/server.key

Step 6 - Restart Apache

sudo /opt/bitnami/ restart apache

Step 7 - Renew your Cert

How To Renew A Let's Encrypt Certificate For Your Domain Using The Certbot Client?

./certbot-auto renew

Access my app from only one domain

To redirect all these domains to your own domain, add the following configuration.

nano /opt/bitnami/apache2/conf/bitnami/bitnami.conf  
<VirtualHost _default_:80>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^$
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^(localhost|
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R=permanent,L]

<VirtualHost _default_:443>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^$
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^(localhost|
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R=permanent,L]


Installing Plugins

If at any point you struggle to install plug-ins, try this.

Change ownership.

sudo chown -R bitnami:daemon [installdir]/apps/wordpress/htdocs/wp-content

Change directory permissions.

sudo chmod -R g+w [installdir]/apps/wordpress/htdocs/wp-content