Scroll down for setup instructions. Or, read this bit about SSL in the real world first.
SSL or Secure Socket Layer is a nice way to secure sensitive parts of your Rails application. It achieves to goals.
Firstly is encrypts all traffic between you and the remote server. Consider the passwords and personal information you submit to websites. When unencrypted (using HTTP), all this data is sent over the internet for all to read.
Everyone who has ever developed a web app has had to deploy it. Back in the day you simply uploaded your files with FTP and everything would be good. Today we have to clone git repositories, restart servers, set permissions, create symlinks to our configuration files, clean out caches and what not.
Doctor, what’s wrong? In my opinion there are two critical problems with deployments today:
They are slow They cause downtime Both topics have been discussed by the likes of Twitter and Github.