How to set up AutoSSL on your domain

AutoSSL can experience problems when domains do not follow best practices and use the web host’s DNS servers. There are a couple of options to point the domain name to A2 Hosting’s network. After broken domains have been redirected to the correct locations, AutoSSL can be enabled for the fixed domains. The methods below cover how to properly configure DNS settings.

Method #1: Update the nameserver

If a domain was previously purchased from a different domain registrar or hosting company, the name server (DNS) settings can be reconfigured so that they point to A2 Hosting’s servers. For information about how to do this, please see this article.

Method #2: Update A records

Another simple solution is to point your domain’s A records towards the IP address for your server. Locate your server’s IP address, and then contact your domain registrar’s support team. Provide them the server’s IP address, which they should be able to point their A records towards. This should resolve any broken domain issues.

Your domain registrar may be an old hosting company or a third-party DNS host. If you are having trouble finding your domain host, Google has an informative guide on how to find your domain registrar

Method #3: Set up a DCV record for the domain

If the previous methods do not work, you must provide the domain's Domain Control Validation (DCV) record to the DNS provider. Some content management systems (such as Wordpress) do not allow direct access to the necessary areas for an update. To find the name and record of the DCV record, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to cPanel.
    If you do not know how to log in to your cPanel account, please see this article.
  2. In the DOMAINS section of the cPanel home screen, click Zone Editor:

    cPanel - Domains - Zone Editor icon

  3. Select the domain you would like to configure, and then click Manage.
  4. Next to Filter, click TXT.
  5. Find the record titled “” where represents your domain name. Copy the values in the Name and Record columns:

    dcv record setup

  6. Provide your domain registrar with the DCV name and record.
Do not reconfigure AutoSSL until the domain’s issue has been resolved.

Reconfiguring AutoSSL

If your domain’s issues have been resolved, you can re-enable AutoSSL. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to cPanel.
    If you do not know how to log in to your cPanel account, please see this article.
  2. In the SECURITY section of the cPanel home screen, click SSL/TLS Status:

    cPanel - Security - SSL/TLS Status icon

  3. Click Include Domains during AutoSSL. This re-enables AutoSSL.

Any issues?

If you have any questions regarding configuring AutoSSL or setting up DNS, A2 Hosting’s customer support team will be more than happy to assist you. The support team can assist via LiveChat, by submitting a support ticket, or by phone.

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