What's the difference between SSL certificate in control panel vs installing on server?

Posted February 2, 2019 2.4k views
Let's EncryptUbuntu 18.04

I noticed digital ocean has an option in the control panel under security to add an ssl certificate to a domain. I set this up but I’m not sure what it really does, because my server doesn’t seem to respond to https now.

Are there more instructions somewhere on how to set up an SSL certificate this way? And is there a reason I’d want to do that vs setting it up the traditional way on the server with nginx?

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That option sets up a cert at the load balancer level.