Manually Renewing Site Certificate

I switched over to the Ghost blogging platform a while back, which utilizes Let's Encrypt for SSL. The certs are only good for 90 days, and there's supposed to be an auto-renewal tool for updating the certs, but I am struggling to get this feature to work for my site's certificate for some reason, and don't have time to keep digging into it at the moment.

Ghost utilizes acme.sh inside a cron job for the renewal, and I've seen a number of people having issues with this setup, as well, but their fixes didn't seem to work for me.

While trying to find a solution, I did manage to find a command that will allow me to do it manually for the time being, so I am posting it here for quick reference later:

sudo certbot --nginx -d example.com -d www.example.com

Of course, replace "example" with the appropriate domain name for your own site, but this should work.

Hell, maybe I just plug this command into a cron job and call it a day?!

I'm not sure, but what I do know is that the tooling is out there to not have to run things manually. I just need to get it to work ...

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About Tony Thorsen

Father of two, husband of one, Maker of many things. Tinkerer, dreamer, pixel nudger.