CDN Guide: Free SSL & Let’s Encrypt Supported Content Delivery Networks

In this post I am listing CDN “Content Delivery Network” providers that offer free SSL/TLS certification. Either by supporting the free certificate authority “Let’s Encrypt” or an option for a shared certificate.

Please note that you will likely need a separate SSL certificate for your main domain — these are being offered by many shared hosting companies and VPSes.

Let's Encrypt CDN

Note: The amount of server locations or “Points of Presence/PoPs” is not everything, I have provided very basic stats for reference only.

KeyCDN

Switzerland based company KeyCDN, profiled as a high-speed, simple and scalable CDN was founded in 2012. It’s integration with Let’s Encrypt has made SSL management super easy with automatic certificate renewals.

  • Points of Presence: 24 (18 countries)
  • Supported: Let’s Encrypt, Shared SSL, Custom SSL
  • Price: $0.04/GB (Under 10TB), $0.036/GB (Under 40TB) …
  • Other: No monthly cost, pay as you go
  • Trial: Free $10 credit under “this link” (valid 30days)

Create your own subdomain “e.g. cdn.yourdomain.com” and have it run with fast HTTP/2 over letsencrypt TSL/SSL with a simple one-click process in the backend.

CDNsun

CDNsun is designed for scale and flexibility, with affordable pay as you go pricing suitable for any amount of traffic. Wide coverage across all five continents — efficient 24h support. This privately owned company from the Czech Republic was founded in 2012 and has about 20 employees.

  • Points of Presence: 70 (37 countries)
  • Supported: Let’s Encrypt, Shared SSL, Custom SSL
  • Price: $0.045/GB (under 2TB), $0.043/GB (under 5TB) …
  • Other: No monthly fees, pay as you go
  • Trial: 15 days free

Each static CDN has a “certs.” option in the backend — where you can easily assign the desired SSL/TSL certification to your subdomain, letsencrypt certificates are renewed automatically.

BunnyCDN

Low-cost, pay-as-you-go CDN. Small company from Slovenia, founded in 2015.

  • Points of Presence: 12 (8 countries)
  • Supported: Let’s Encrypt, Shared SSL, Custom SSL
  • Price: $0.010/GB
  • Trial: 14 days (up to 1TB) free

Please note: Supported features have not yet been tested.

CDN77

The UK based, London headquartered Content Delivery Network “CDN77.com” is a mid-sized company founded in 2011. They use HTTP/2 for each CDN resource.

  • Points of Presence: 32 (27 countries)
  • Supported: Let’s Encrypt, Shared SSL, Custom SSL
  • Price: $0.185/GB (Under 30TB), $0.160/GB (Under 100TB) …
  • Other: No monthly fees, pay as you go
  • Trial: 14 days free

All new CNAMEs are redirected to HTTPS by default with a ready installed Let’s Encrypt certificate, which is automatically maintained and renewed by CDN77.

CDNs Without Let’s Encrypt Support

StackPath (MaxCDN)

MaxCDN and StackPath joined forces in 2016 to create a security focused, machine learning Content Delivery Network. No support for Let’s Encrypt is planned but options for free shared SSL or custom SSL are provided.

CacheFLy

By using a CacheFly subdomain (e.g. yourname.cachefly.net) you may use a free shared SSL/TSL certificate. For own subdomains SSLs are $500 to start with a yearly recurring fee of $100, wildcard certificates cost more.

This list will be updated as the situation develops.
Last updated: November 29, 2016

 

Final Words

While many hosting companies are stepping up to support Let’s Encrypt — CDNs have been somewhat slower to adapt. One reason is smaller demand with the abundance of high-end users, and simply there are less CDN providers than hosting companies. Nevertheless, the more common CDN use becomes, the higher the demand for free CDN encryption. These companies lead the times. Good luck!

 

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