Let’s Encrypt the free, automated, and open Certificate Authority will be issuing the Wildcard SSL Certificates through its automated system.
What are Wildcard SSL Certificates?
A wildcard certificate can secure any number of subdomains of a base domain (e.g. *.example.com). This allows website administrators to use a single certificate and key pair for a domain and all of its subdomains and the base domain, which will make HTTPS deployment significantly simple and secure the subdomains.
The Most Asked Feature
With this initiative Let’s Encrypt is aiming to make 100% websites running on HTTPS. They have also said this was the most asked feature from the open source SSL Certificate Authority by many of its users. Understanding its necessity Let’s Encrypt will be working on Wildcard SSL Certificates targeting the release in January 2018.
Secured 47 Million Websites
Let’s Encrypt also stated that its contribution is huge from making the web page loads secure from 40% to 58% since the automated service became available in December 2015.
Let’s Encrypt is currently securing 47 million domains via our fully automated DV certificate issuance and management API. – says Let’s Encrypt
When can I get Let’s Encrypt Wildcard SSL Certificates?
Let’s Encrypt has said on its blog stating that it will be issuing the Wildcard SSL Certificates to the users starting from January 2018. Wildcard certificates will be offered free of charge via its upcoming ACME v2 API endpoint. Let’s Encrypt will initially only support validation of base domain via DNS for wildcard certificates, but may introduce additional validation options over time.
Summer Fundraising Campaign
To make this happen the open certificate authority Let’s Encrypt has started collecting donations through its Summer Fundraising Campaign to make the web a 100% secure one. Below is the link to Let’s Encrypt official blog post on Wildcard SSL Certificates.