I haven’t been here in a while. Quite a while ago I tried using Let’s Encrypt on my AWS Lightsail server and had a hard time with it. I eventually gave up and have used a commercial (low priced) cert for the past few years. It has been working well. I have occasionally run into some issues with while developing and RapidSSL (who I bought it from) has been useless. There typical answer is “ask the developer”, which is me.
Now I have purchased an Ubuntu laptop where I am hoping to do some additional development on my webapp locally. The uploading to AWS to develop was killing me! So my question is
Are there instructions specifically for Ubuntu 18 users for LE? I have found in my 1.5 year journey (with much pain due to using Bitnami) that I can often find instructs for Linux but the directories in the instructs are named slightly differently from my “stock ubuntu” configuration. This means I need to improvise which leads to hours and hours of trial and error, and frustration.
Will LE work without a domain, and if not, how do I create a domain for my laptop’s localhost server? I clearly have a domain (or two) that I use with AWS, but I sincerely don’t want to break my up and going AWS site through wrong headed trial and error. If it can’t be done on localhost, just say that and I’ll start saving the change in my pocket to buy another cert (if I have to), so I can continue testing. From my last experience with LE I know that you guys are superhelpful and knowledgeable and I want to make sure that what I am trying is possible before I pull the “rest of my hair out” trying it.