Earlier this week, I blogged about Let’s Encrypt, a new, free certificate authority. Let’s Encrypt looks like a great service, but it’s not out yet and I’m not sure if it will be generally applicable. For example, if I want to host my website on Azure, I might not be able to use this service to generate an SSL certificate.
Fortunately, Troy Hunt already came to the rescue, showing us how we can use StartSSL to get a free certificate for Azure. You still need to pay extra for Azure to allow you to use an SSL certificate ($9 a month at current prices), but it’s great that you don’t need to pay big bucks for an SSL certificate, especially if you’re running on a smaller site which doesn’t have much (or any) revenue.