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Free SSL on Github Pages with a custom domain: Part 2 – Let’s Encrypt

May 2, 2018 · Comments
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GitHub Pages has just become even more awesome. Since yesterday, GitHub Pages supports HTTPS for custom domains. And yes, it is still free!

GitHub has partnered with Let’s Encrypt, which is a free, open and automated certificate authority (CA). It is run by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG), which is a public benefit corporationfunded by donations and a bunch of large corporations and non-profits.
The goal of this initiative is to secure the web by making it very easy to obtain a free, trusted SSL certificate. Moreover, it lets web servers run a piece of software that not only gets a valid SSL certificate, but will also configure your web server and automatically renew the certificate when it expires.

It works by running a bit of software on your web server, a certificate management agent. This agent software has two tasks: it proves to the Let’s Encrypt certificate


 

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