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To everyone that tried to access the site in the previous months, I apologize for the harsh SSL message

What happened?

As many of you may know, and some others don't, SSL is a way to tell your visitors that the website is safe. In order for this to work, you need to install an SSL certificate in your server.

SSL certificates have a price, and so does hosting. SSL certificates can be expensive, but I opted for a cheaper solution.

That was not the problem. This website is hosted in Windows Azure, which is incredibly awesome when a company pays for it. As an individual developer I find the prices staggering.

This site used to be hosted on a basic B1 instance, which starts at $55USD per month. Since I am only hosting this website, I found it very expensive, so I changed the type for a D1 Shared instance, which starts at $10USD per month.

So far, so good. The problem is that D1 Shared instances do not allow SSL certificates to be installed. See this comparison.

I am not the only developer with this observation.

In the end, I decided to use the shared instance. I think that for a simple blog there is no need for a SSL. However, since July 2018, Chrome marks every non HTTPS site as not secure.

I hope that Microsoft fixes this in the near future!

tl;dr Paying $55USD or more per month plus an SSL certificate is way too much for a simple blog.

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Profound Jack Daniel's enthusiast. In my free time, I like to code and lift weights. Proud owner of two Siberian huskies. Professional Services Manager at Medallia.