Documentation request: What is SSL and why should people install it through LE?

As some of you may know, I've been pretty successful in developing email templates which will support ISRG's mission to "reduce financial, technological, and educational barriers to secure communication over the Internet." Currently, I have templates for these three use case scenarios:

  • An organization where there is an I.T. department and the contact info for the Help Desk can be easily located without being a customer or subscriber
  • An organization where there is an I.T. department and the contact info for the Help Desk isn't easy to access and there's a general Contact form or email address
  • A person whose webhost is listed in the thread of webhosts who support getting SSLs through LE and you can easily tell which one it is

I think the next email template I'd like to develop is one where it's a person whose webhost isn't in the list. Building off of the way my previous templates have gone, what I think would be very helpful would be to be able to point to a specific Documentation page on the LE website which explains SSL and for what use cases LE certs can definitely help.

Given everything that LE does, it might not be a priority for them. However, I'd just like for this request to be given some thought and space.


Thanks for bringing this up @tlrenkensebastian. I'll certainly be thinking about it and I let the team know you're interested in this information! They might recommend opening an issue on the website repository to track the creation of this content but for now, this is a great place to do some brainstorming.

I know it's not the Let's Encrypt site, but I recall Scott Helme has some relevant content for "why certs are a good idea", "what is a cert", and the like. There's a lot there so maybe we can summon Scott to offer some of his recommendations. cc @ScottHelme


Dangit, that would mean I'd need to learn how to use GitHub... okay, I'll look into it. :grin: But only because I figure it's a good thing to learn how to do anyway.


Well, signing up and opening an issue isn't really that hard. Now, learning the git part of GitHub, that's something else :wink: (Where I mean: actually running git locally of course, not the webinterface of GitHub itself :stuck_out_tongue:)


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