Set Up Gandi Standard SSL Certificate on Nginx

If you register a domain name on, you’ll get a free Standard SSL certificate from them for a year. The best part is you don’t have to apply for the SSL certificate right away, you can apply it anytime during the first year of your domain name registration.

So yesterday when I realized (which is registered with them) will be renewed in about a month, it just came to me I haven’t got a SSL certificate for my site, and now it’s about time.

The process is easy, you just log into your Gandi account, purchase a Standard SSL certificate, when checkout, the amount will be discounted to 0 if you haven’t purchased one for your domain. That means the first year (starts from the day you purchase the SSL, not the domain) will be free, and $16 per year thereafter.

Basically I followed all steps from Julien’s post: Nginx #1: Set up Gandi Standard SSL Certificate, even I was pretty sure that I got everything right, I still can’t get the SSL work with Firefox, it took me hours to find the solution.

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Improve Security on My Digital Ocean Droplet

After was live on a Digital Ocean droplet, I started to google about what to do to secure my server. It turns out that there are many useful Community posts on their website. Here are 3 of them I’ll suggest any new VPS user to follow step by step. Initial Server Setup with Ubuntu 12.04: The same rules …

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