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Certbot (Lets Encrypt client)

Cerbot is now supported in SlickStack as a “backup” SSL mechanism. OpenSSL will always remain our default and preferred encryption tool because its native to Ubuntu and Nginx, very stable and easy, lightweight, requires no third parties, and is the most safe and secure method out there (self signed).

In this regard CloudFlare is such an incredible pairing with OpenSSL and a godsend of sorts.

However at the same time we don’t want to put all our eggs in one basket by relying on CloudFlare. Who knows what political, technical, or other issue will arise in the future, and after all CloudFlare is a commercial service provider and not open source software.

So every SlickStack server will now automatically request and generate a free Lets Encrypt certificate anytime ss-install is run.

However OpenSSL will remain the active cert unless ss-config options are changed to Certbot.

Because we want to completely eliminate Port 80 and HTTP, that means the Cerbot validation must occur over Port 443 (HTTPS). This is of course impossible, unless you are using their very messy DNS challenge option (unstable), or unless HTTPS is already signed.

Again this puts us back in the arms of CloudFlare and OpenSSL. So you must ensure CloudFlare is activated before running ss-install at all times.

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 […]