So, imagine there is a way to setup a FREE SSL Certificate in just 5 MINUTES. Awesome right? Well, this is not a dream anymore, anyone can do this now, so…
Your website will benefit from SSL / HTTPS in many ways, it’s more secure, you get a better search ranking and it just looks a bit more professional. So there is literally no reason not to use it. Lets do it together, shall we?
$ git clone https://github.com/letsencrypt/letsencrypt
Now, give Nginx / Apache a break until we’re done
$ service nginx stop $ service apache2 stop
Generate your certificate
$ cd letsencrypt $ ./letsencrypt-auto certonly --standalone --email firstname.lastname@example.org -d foodomain.com
Tip: you can add multiple Domains with the -d parameter (for example: also add the www.foodomain.com Domain). Wildcard Domains are not possible with Let’s Encrypt.
Now just configure your site to use the Certificate we’ve just created.
LoadModule ssl_module modules/mod_ssl.so Listen 443 <VirtualHost *:443> ServerName foodomain.com SSLEngine on SSLCertificateFile "/etc/letsencrypt/live/foodomain.com/fullchain.pem" SSLCertificateKeyFile "/etc/letsencrypt/live/foodomain.com/privkey.pem" </VirtualHost>
listen 443 ssl; server_name foodomain.com; # Replace with your domain ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/foodomain.com/fullchain.pem; ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/foodomain.com/privkey.pem;
Restart NGINX / Apache:
$ service nginx start $ service apache2 start
Done! You’re now successfully using SSL / HTTPS! For further Documentation, check out the Let’s Encrypt Github repository.
PS: I’m not using it on my Blog because i’m lazy (or clever?) and using Github pages. Cheers!