How To: Secure a Davidson Domains subdomain or add-on domain using Let's Encrypt

When configuring a new Davidson Domains subdomain or add-on domain, users may encounter privacy or security errors when attempting to browse the domain (particularly for subdomains of


Privacy/security error as shown in Safari (top) and Google Chrome.

This indicates the need to install a security certificate. All domains include access to Let's Encrypt SSL for this purpose. Use the following procedure:

  1. Log into your Davidson Domains dashboard as usual. (Link opens in a new window.)
  2. Under the Security tab, click Let's Encrypt SSL.
  3. On the Let's Encrypt SSL screen, locate the name of the subdomain or add-on domain you need to secure, then click the + Issue link to the far right of its name.
  4. On the next screen, a checklist will appear. Uncheck all the items marked with blue checkmarks, leaving only the one marked with a black checkmark (which cannot be unchecked). Do not change the setting for SSL validation method. Click Issue.
  5. Issuing the certificate may take a moment or two. When the process is complete, you will see a confirmation dialog similar to the one below.Screen_Shot_2021-09-13_at_11.43.34_AM.png

The SSL certificate installation is complete. You should now clear your browser cache and test loading your domain site to verify that you're no longer receiving a security or privacy error.


Note: Like all security certificates, those issued by Let's Encrypt have a defined period of validity, and a set expiration date. However, you do not need to worry about renewing the certificates. Encryption certificates issued by Let's Encrypt automatically renew on their expiry date.

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