Installing SSL (https) with LetsEncrypt

These days an SSL certificate is practically required to have a website. http is going the way of the cassette tape (if you’re old enough to know what that is. is wonderful in this area. In the past it was a process to setup https and you usually had to pay a good sum for it. $$$

Now it is free. Here’s how you set it up. Well, at least for Ubuntu 16.0.4 and Apache2. Visit certbot to get customized information for your specific setup.

SSH to your Linux based server:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
$ sudo add-apt-repository universe
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:certbot/certbot
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install certbot python-certbot-apache
$ sudo certbot --apache

It even makes the necessary changes to your “`sites-enabled/*conf“` files, so after the above commands, that’s it!


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