– designer, developer working on the web.

Let's encrypt this blog

Gitlab rulez!1

Quick thing to know about me: I'm super in love with Gitlab because:

  • They went for the missing features on Github that those folks apparently never wanted to come up with
  • They just took on Github – which is pretty awesome by itself
  • They're entirely remote team and still deliver this brilliant work!


Gitlab Pages + Let's encrypt

So this blog is – OF COURSE! – hosted on Gitlab pages. You get free https when using their domain but starting NAO it's also reachable on this awesome domain:

Of course I also wanted to serve this blog over https, so here's the very nice howto article that I followed.

Only caveat somehow is that I have to manually refresh the cert every 3 months … bummer. But ok. Repeating calendar event to the rescue. Maybe that's going to improve in the future?

One important thing though: Add this bit to the head of your site, so search engines get that you would like the site to be served through https:

<link rel="canonical" href="" />

So what I did for this Jekyll blog is, add an env variable to my _config.yml and _config.gitlab.yml which in the latter reads:

env: prod

and then in my head.html:

{% raw %}
{% if site.env == 'prod '%}
  const host = '{{ page.url }}';

  if (host == && window.location.protocol != 'https:') {
    window.location = window.location.toString().replace(/^http:/, 'https:');
{% endif %}
{% endraw %}

GO Gitlab!

– n