Quick and Free SSL for your Site

By | December 27, 2014


USE LETS ENCRYPT: https://letsencrypt.org/ 

I created a free SSL cert at – https://www.startssl.com/ Couple of caveats, it is only good for a single domain, one year, and not the newest and greatest encryption standards.

  1. Copy the Certificate files to your server.
  2. Run cmd “sudo a2enmod ssl”
  3. Find the Apache config file to edit. (/etc/apache2/sites-enabled/your_site_name)
  4. Edit the correct <VirtualHost>
  5. Configure the <VirtualHost> block for the SSL-enabled site.Below is a very simple example of a virtual host configured for SSL. The parts listed in bold are the parts that must be configured for the SSL configuration and they may be spread out throughout the file:
    DocumentRoot /var/www/
    SSLEngine on
    SSLCertificateFile /path/to/domain.crt
    SSLCertificateKeyFile /path/to/private.key
    SSLCertificateChainFile /path/to/intermdiate.crt

    Adjust the file names to match your certificate files:

    • SSLCertificateFile should be your certificate file (eg. domain.crt).
    • SSLCertificateKeyFile should be the key file generated when you created the CSR.
    • SSLCertificateChainFile should be the intermediate certificate file (intermdiate.crt)

    If the SSLCertificateChainFile directive does not work, try using the SSLCACertificateFile directive instead.

  6. Test your Apache config before restarting by running “apachectl configtest”
  7. Restart Apache “apachectl restart”

That’s it! You should have a site that is now SSL encrypted.