So what's all the hype about everyone needing a secured website these days? Isn't the internet we have secure enough? I
think you can answer that for yourself. With all the malware and viruses being perpetrated these days, it is more
important than ever that all our communications are secured. The following are some good articles with background
information on the topic:
Now that we have established that SSL Certificates are a necessity, we need to look where to get one. Up until now they
have always been relatively expensive, often costing well over $100 per year. On top of that, they weren't easy to
That all has changed with LetsEncrypt.org! They are offering free SSL certificates for web sites, and include their own
installer to boot. This guide will walk you through the process of installing it on your Forge-managed server.
LetEncrypt has entered public beta as of 3 Dec 2015. Once it goes live I will
update the process, as things are likely to change somewhat.
Please be aware of the following gotchas before continuing:
LetsEncrypt certificates are only valid for 90 days.
Automatic renewal functionality is a bit tricky to implement -- will cover that more in a future update.
The nginx installer is not yet functional, so you will have to stop nginx while you are creating or renewing
This complete process is customized to your domain names
(separate with space, the first one should be your forge server):
It also needs the admin email address you want to have displayed on the certificate(s):