[updated 2018-06-12] As browser makers continue their push for HTTPS and mobile applications are becoming the target of MITM (man-in-the-middle) attacks, cloud developers and administrators are scrambling to find affordable SSL certificates that can live up to the demands of the cloud era. Enter Let’s Encrypt, a new Certificate Authority that is open, fully automated, and free to use, with an almost unprecedented, generous allotment of 100 host names per certificate. Let’s Encrypt delivers on the promise of a worry-free, fully encrypted web 3.0. Cloud Insidr lifts the veil off of Let’s Encrypt’s setup, configuration, its few surprises and hidden gems.
Generating SSL certificates when Letsencrypt (what is Letsencrypt, who is behind it, and how the heck can you get started) is available for your system works in a breeze, but what if you need your certificates for a machine that won’t take Letsencrypt (for whatever reason)? It is still possible: you can either grab Letsencrypt from Git, or, for reasons of practicality… create a certificate signing request (CSR) on your target server, transfer it to your letsencrypt instance, generate the certificates you need, then transfer the generated files back to your target instance and install the certificates in your software.
The Amazon Link plug-in for WordPress implements geotargeting based on ip2nation, a free geotargeting library from Per Gustafsson Consulting (available here). If you are wondering what you need to do in order to integrate the Amazon Link affiliate plug-in for WordPress (seing how a separate installation plugin for WordPress is two years old as of this writing, and counting), here is a quick howto for those who can access their websites’ MySQL or MariaDB database servers.
There are two major no-nos when it comes to writing NGINX redirects:
- thou shalt not use
if statements(that’s a major no-no);
- thought shalt not use
rewrites(they are a waste of resources, as in “slow” and “expensive”).
Instead, use ol’ good location blocks. But what if you have plenty of URIs to redirect? How do you deploy RegEx magic with NGINX? Easy.
It doesn’t take rocket science to set up and run a website (or a couple hundred of them) in the AWS cloud. Here is a down-to-earth, step-by-step primer for adventurous newbies.