A few weeks ago I moved my website over to HTTPS.
Then, yesterday I moved my blog over to HTTPS.
This now means that my two primary web properties are both using SSL, and one of them was completely free to set up.
If you want SSL on your site for free there’s a new certificate authority called LetsEncrypt which is completely free! 👏 This is excellent news, and definitely an option for you, especially if you’re managing your own server.
However, LetsEncrypt is not what I’m talking about today. I just discovered something super cool which is currently letting my host my blog, a GitHub Pages site, using SSL.
It turns out if you use CloudFlare for DNS on your domain you can also get SSL completely for free.
The setup is pretty simple as well. CloudFlare has the excellent feature that they will scan your domain and migrate most of the DNS settings for you. So all I ended up having to do to get blog.iansinnott.com running over HTTPS was to move my DNS to CloudFlare. The DNS propagation took overnight, but the time I had to personally spend was less than 30 minutes.
Again, this is completely free, which is why I’m happy to write about CloudFlare and give them what amounts to free advertising. I’m guessing they make their money with enterprise clients as opposed to individuals. Either way, I’ve found this to be an excellent free service and I’m happy to now have my GitHub Pages site running over SSL for free.