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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.

Custom Cron Jobs (Unrestricted Code) Are Here

One of the most requested features ever, custom cron jobs, is finally here! A lot of developers who have come across SlickStack always say “this is awesome and super optimized but I still need the ability to add a few custom cron jobs” for a special API to import their WooCommerce products, or a third […]

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MailChimp Banned Over Censorship Concerns

Starting immediately, SlickStack has begun warning WordPress sites that have MailChimp software installed that we will begin banning it by default at some point in the near future. (Note: users are always free to install their own plugin blacklist.txt file, instead of using the default one.) This is in accordance with our official goals of […]