LetsEncrypt HTTPS w/ NodeBB Forum

  • Hello,

    I've successfully setup 2 forums using nodebb for the first time. I'm still trying to get better at command line stuff.

    I would like my 2 current http:// forums to be https:// - Using something like LetsEncrypt.

    Any tips?

  • I would recommend https://www.sslforfree.com which is LetsEncrypt based and offers DNS verification, then follow standard nginx ssl guidelines to install the certificates.

    Once done check your site here:

    My score is 100% after some tuning of nginx 🐰

  • Here's a tutorial for a wildcard cert:

    Here's one for a single thing:


  • Thanks a bunch for the help! I got it working nice.

    The only thing is I am not encrypting any WWW. domain and LetsEncrypt seems to automatically redirect regular traffic to https:// for me. Although if you tried to visit the domain by typing in WWW.domain.com in the address bar it would break.

    I followed a guide for fixing the redirect and it seems to work fine, although I'm not sure if I'm using too many server blocks in my file? I tried a few different methods listed on the forums but they did not work "showing too many 301 redirects" - the only way to do it was create a 3rd server block and change port 80 to 443:

    # linked file
    server {
        server_name altariderhq.com;
        location / {
            proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
            proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
            proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;
            proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
            proxy_set_header X-NginX-Proxy true;
            proxy_redirect off;
            # Socket.IO Support
            proxy_http_version 1.1;
            proxy_set_header Upgrade $http_upgrade;
            proxy_set_header Connection "upgrade";
        listen 443 ssl; # managed by Certbot
        ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/altariderhq.com/fullchain.pem; # managed by Certbot
        ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/altariderhq.com/privkey.pem; # managed by Certbot
        include /etc/letsencrypt/options-ssl-nginx.conf; # managed by Certbot
        ssl_dhparam /etc/letsencrypt/ssl-dhparams.pem; # managed by Certbot
    server {
        if ($host = altariderhq.com) {
            return 301 https://$host$request_uri;
        } # managed by Certbot
        listen 80;
        server_name altariderhq.com;
        return 404; # managed by Certbot
    server {
        server_name www.altariderhq.com;
        return 301 $scheme://altariderhq.com$request_uri;

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    It's common to have many server blocks. I have a ridiculous amount in mine.

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