No need to buy a SSL certficate

January 15, 2014 6.4k views
Hello, Am i correct to think that i do not need to buy a SSL certificate to get a SSL on a droplet ?
6 Answers
That's correct.

You can set up a self-signed certificate:

Or use a free SSL certificate:
This tutorial explains how to create a self-signed SSL certificate, how to add it to your server, and how to configure the SSL file to display the certificate to the world. A SSL certificate is a way to encrypt a site's information and create a more secure connection. Certificate Authorities can issue SSL certificates that verify the server's details while a self-signed certificate has no 3rd party corroboration. This tutorial is written for Apache on an Ubuntu server.
Is a self signed one/free SSL better than a bought one?
A self-signed certificate usually appears as "untrusted" is most browsers as the browser can't verify that the certificate is actually valid and is created by you, the owner of the website.
StartSSL offers valid signed certificates for free (as long as you use them on non-commercial websites).
A non commercial website being one that does not sell goods? If it was for a clients social network site, would that be okay?
Yes, that would be okay.

@kamaln7 how about if i do a website with a personal portofolio and i post there a services list ? Could i use the free version ?

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