Set up a Free SSL Certificate on a Windows Server Using Let’s Encrypt

In Episode 44 of the Tech Smart Boss Podcast, I talked about 3 ways to set your website up with SSL encryption and the reasons you needed to do it as soon as possible (listen here)

One of the ways discussed was Let’s Encrypt, which provides you a free and easy way to set up SSL on your site.

Since Let’s Encrypt is an API based service, the biggest use case is for software developers to integrate with Let’s Encrypt so that the custom domains you set up in their SaaS app are encrypted.

But what about small businesses that run their own web servers, specifically, Microsoft Windows Servers (I’m raising my hand, that’s me).

Well in this video, I go through how to get a free SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt, on your self-hosted Windows Server and to do it I use Win Simple which takes that Let’s Encrypt API and puts it in a nice command line GUI (you can download Win Simple here)

I’m super excited for this as it’s going to save me a lot of money in those SSL renewals from GoDaddy (sorry GoDaddy) and I hope it can save all my Tech Smart Bosses some money too.

 


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