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Can we run SlickStack without using Cloudflare?

Yes you can. As of December 2019 we now support Let’s Encrypt (Certbot), as a backup SSL option instead of self-signed OpenSSL (which must be paired with Cloudflare to load properly).

However the idea here is that Let’s Encrypt is a “backup” SSL option, to ensure that SlickStack does not fully rely on a third party service for survival. The idea is that if you need to briefly disable CloudFlare for testing purposes, etc then you can use Let’s Encrypt instead for a short while.

We understand that some people might appreciate the Cloudflare features but simply don’t trust them for political or privacy reasons, etc… but frankly the benefits are so great right now in terms of DNS performance (#1 DNS speed in the world, and largest DNS network in the world) that it makes more sense to use Cloudflare than not use them. They are a US based company meaning security and ethics are very high, and enforceable in the various court systems in the US.

If you want to use a different CDN provider like AWS Cloudfront or StackPath etc you can still actually do that even with Cloudflare activated. So there are very few reasons not to use Cloudflare these days, esp. with the free DDOS and brute force firewall protection, free CDN service for static files etc… if you have specific technical suggestions, please open an Issue on our GitHub repo or start a topic thread in our free Spectrum chat room with your opinions and suggestions.

How we maintain both HTTP and HTTPS mirrors

GitHub Pages is an awesome feature that came out a few years ago on GitHub to allow for basic, static-file HTML websites to be hosted free of charge on GitHub. It can be a bit confusing to understand in the beginning, because you must connect one of your repos to be used for a given […]

Native Staging Sites (Optional) In Subdirectory

For the past several weeks, SlickStack has been testing our new Staging Site feature and it is now live on all SlickStack installations. If you use another staging service or simply don’t use staging at all and wish to disable staging sites, simply change your ss-config options to be STAGING_SITE=”false” and it will later remove […]

Adminer Bundled For Easy MySQL Management

The very lightweight Adminer script is now included by default in all SlickStack installations, hosted as a single adminer.php file under the /var/www/meta/ directory. This “hidden file” approach means a cleaner public web root, and less room for attacks and exploits. It uses the Nginx alias feature to point requests to example.com/adminer to the /var/www/meta/adminer.php […]