Good news, everyone! My incoherent screeds are now available with a cute green lock in the corner of your browser. Take full confidence that the rambling nonsense you see here is all my own, and has made it to your screen unmolested by nefarious hackers.
I’ve been meaning to get HTTPS up on my site for quite a while, but Github Pages, despite people complaining about it since 2014, doesn’t support it for custom domains. I could drop my site onto AWS or something, but that would go against my efforts to be as lazy as possible when it comes to this site’s infrastructure. (See: Jekyll, Disqus, etc.) After voicing these woes on Reddit in response to https://doesmysiteneedhttps.com, some kind folks suggested I move my site to Gitlab, which supports the same “push Markdown to a Git repo” workflow.
So I’ve done just that, using Let’s Encrypt to get HTTPS up and running. A few notes for anybody who is looking to migrate their page from Github in a similar fashion:
Unlike Github (which automatically kicks Jekyll whenever you push commits) GitLab requires you to start the static site generation as a “CI” step. This just involves adding a YAML file to your repo—the official example for Jekyll is here.
Note that the reference Jekyll setup makes use of Bundler, so you’ll want to set up your repo with a
Gemfile.lockif you haven’t done so already.
I followed the tutorial at https://about.gitlab.com/2016/04/11/tutorial-securing-your-gitlab-pages-with-tls-and-letsencrypt to wire up Let’s Encrypt. Things were mostly straightforward, but I ran into trouble placing the challenge data at the given URL. I eventually bumped into https://stackoverflow.com/a/44296500, which made everything work. (Apparently my “problem” was having
_config.yaml, which caused an
.htmlextension to be appended to the needed URL.)
My previous Disqus setup was apparently using the URL of each page (including the
http://) as the identifier for that page’s comments thread. The good news is that at some point between when I set it up in 2014 and now, Disqus introduced a way to specify the canonical URL and a unique ID for each page. The bad news is I’ve set these to the pages’
https://URLs and their relative paths, respectively, which means that all comments before now have disappeared. Oh well.