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Let's Encrypt DNS API configuration

WordOps uses to handle SSL certificates, which supports domain validation using DNS API. This feature is optional to issue domain and subdomain certificates, but is required to issue wildcard certificates.

DNS API configuration

WordOps use the Acme client,, to handle Let's Encrypt SSL certificates. It support DNS API with the most part of popular DNS providers, including Cloudflare, DigitalOcean, OVH, Amazon Route53, Linode, Gandi and many others.

In this example, we will configure Cloudflare DNS API, but configuration will be pretty similar with other DNS providers.


DNS providers list and configurations are available in wiki

Step 1: get your API credentials


  • your Cloudflare account email address
  • your Global API Key available in your Cloudflare profile

Step 2: set your credentials with variables

Before issuing your first SSL certificate with DNS API, you have to define your API credentials with the command export :

Example for Cloudflare:

export CF_Key="sdfsdfsdfljlbjkljlkjsdfoiwje"
export CF_Email=""
  • CF_Key: Cloudflare Global API key available in your Cloudflare profile
  • CF_Email: Your Cloudflare account email address

Example with DigitalOcean:

export DO_API_KEY="75310dc4ca779ac39a19f6355db573b49ce92ae126553ebd61ac3a3ae34834cc"

Example with GoDaddy:

export GD_Key="sdfsdfsdfljlbjkljlkjsdfoiwje"
export GD_Secret="asdfsdafdsfdsfdsfdsfdsafd"


DNS providers list and configurations are available in the Wiki

Step 3: issue your certificate

For a new site secured with a wildcard SSL certificates with Cloudflare DNS API


If you are using sudo to run wo commands, you need to use sudo -E to keep DNS API crendentials variables available for So just put sudo -E before the following commands instead of just sudo.

wo site create site.tld --wp --letsencrypt=wildcard --dns=dns_cf
  • --letsencrypt=wildcard: issue a wildcard certificate domain.tld + *.domain.tld
  • --dns=dns_cf: enable DNS API mode with Cloudflare.

For an existant secured with a simple SSL certificate (site + with DigitalOcean DNS API

wo site update site.tld -le --dns=dns_dgon
  • -le: issue a certificate for domain.tld + www.domain.tld
  • --dns=dns_dgon: enable DNS API mode with DigitalOcean


  • You can also use DNS API to issue domain and subdomain certificates.
  • --dns=dns_cf define the DNS provider to use. With DigitalOcean, it would be --dns=dns_dgon
  • After issuing a first certificate using DNS API, your API credentials will be saved in /etc/letsencrypt/config/account.conf. You do not need to define them anymore.