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Let’sEncrypt (Certbot) Support

Update: it is now supported! Change the SSL_TYPE in ss-config to say “certbot” then run ss-install. If it is your very first time installing SlickStack on that server then first you need to ensure Cloudflare is active so that Certbot can verify your domain over HTTPS (via OpenSSL + Cloudflare). After verification is working, then Cerbot can complete setup, and after setup is complete you can then disable Cloudflare if you want and your Let’s Encrypt certificate will be 100% CA-signed for an A+ score on SSL Labs.

It will be supported very soon and is already been tested for several months. We still recommend using OpenSSL instead because its much easier, more lightweight and infinitely more stable. This is because its integrated into not only the Nginx Core, but also Ubuntu Core as well. Our goal is to “trust the upstream” as much as possible to improve stability and OpenSSL is a major part of that.

Anyway if you want to enable Lets Encrypt we install it via Certbot, their new tool. So in the ss-config its called certbot and not letsencrypt.

If you want to use SlickStack without CloudFlare then you’ll definitely need Let’s Encrypt SSL setup instead of OpenSSL.

However they will both still be installed and updated regularly to ensure either one is available at a moment’s notice.

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 to the /var/www/meta/adminer.php […]