Blog: Yay! We’re in the 21st century!

With cheap, shared hosting previously running the website, I was limited to an old, out-of-date, cPanel instance running CentOS 6.9 (yeh, mint.), with an incredibly high latency when accessed from Australia, and totally lacking any kind of free SSL certificate plugin or support. Because this is a hobby and not something I do for a living, a paid SSL really isn’t something I’m willing to foot the bill for, and their are are better hosting options out there.

Finally, I bit the bullet and decided to host my own CentOS 7 box with the legendary hosting guys over at Vultr. It is so nice to finally have the ability to actually SSH in to my web hosting box with zero limitations, and even better, we can finally implement SSL!

Something that has been on my to-do list for way longer than I’d like to admit. Unfortunately, with days spent helping and consulting for clients, many of my own projects end up fallen behind and sit, with no progress, for months.

Because of the lack of budget, and because I am a huge advocate for free SSL, I have decided to implement LetsEncrypt. They are one of, if not the, best in the game when it comes to assisting in enforcing encryption for the world at an affordable price (free!). I recommend LetsEncrypt to anyone and everyone, as it is a zero-cost, simple to implement solution to SSL certificates.

If you’re looking for any kind of cloud hosting, whether it be a simple 1 CPU, 512MB RAM  instance, or an entire cluster – the guys over at Vultr have an amazing and affordable service with a huge number of plans.
If you’re wanting to give them a go and would like to help me out, feel free to use my affiliate link: – also, note that this is not at all a paid or sponsored post. I really am just genuinely happy with their service!

Finally, I am a firm believer that we need to encrypt the world.
I can understand why, with the cost of SSL certificates, SSL has been adopted fairly slowly.
But now, there is no excuse! LetsEncrypt offer free SSL certificates on every platform imaginable.
Get on board, people! SSL the world!