DigitalOcean loadbalancer provides free SSL Management (auto-renew?)

This is what I saw in Digital Ocean. They provide ‘Load Balancers’. They claim they provide ‘Lets Encrypt’ SSL for free. They also auto-renew it. Do I need to pay additional amount for that (load balancers)? I am already paying for a droplet.

Is it like Cloudflare? That they auto-manage Lets Encrypt SSL certificate?


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Bobby Iliev
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September 9, 2022

Hi there,

In case that you only have 1 single Droplet, there is no need to add an additional Load balancer just for that Droplet.

What you could do is to follow the steps here on how to get a free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate directly on your Droplet using certbot:

In case that you want to learn more about what a load balancer is and why you might need one, I could suggest the following tutorial as an additional read:

Hope that this helps!