•   about 2 years ago

SSL Certificate and hosting possibilities?

Hi!

I just finished the prototyping of my Office 365 add-in which requires the app to be available only through https, while in development I used a self-signed certificate, but now to start deploying the project I will need a SSL certificate which is kind of expensive! I was wondering if there is a solution like a shared sandbox with https enabled that we can all use for the purpose of this hackathon and to host our add-in apps etc. (Or other solutions) or do we have to buy/provide our own certificates?

Thank you so much!
-Mim

PS: I'm planing to release the add-in later-on in its own domain and will buy a cert for it, just don't want to rush in to those parts while I still have a lot of work to do on the actual app!

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  • Moderator   •   about 2 years ago

    Hey Mim,

    Thanks for reaching out! Would the free tier for Azure work for your needs: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/app-service/?

    All the best,
    Stefanie

  •   •   about 2 years ago

    Hey Stefanie,
    Thanks for your response,
    The free tier has a 30 days limitation for some of the services and I think SSL certification is not included in that offer.

    Best,
    -Mim

  •   •   about 2 years ago

    Update:

    So I purchased a custom domain and the SSL certificate to set up my app on Azure only to find out that the content at app.azurewebsites.net can be accessed through https as well by just adding https at the beginning! ( And domain name is not important for my add-on )

    It was not mentioned in the docs but seems to be working, no complaints from office either, I'll update here if I encountered any problem with it otherwise this could be a nice free option to use for those developing Office add-ons who will need hosting with SSL to deploy their projects!

    Thanks again,
    -Mim

  •   •   about 2 years ago

    Hi Armand, app service has free tier, that has no time limitations, it's just slow a little bit that's it (it's fully free of charge and has nothing to do with the trial. Trial gives you somewhere around 50-150 for a month). And every app service has public url xxxxxxxxxxx.azurewebsites.net that has ssl included. Yes it's not a fancy name for production website, but it's good enough for add-in because nobody even sees the link to the add-in site.
    Note: I'm not a Microsoft representative of any kind.

  • Moderator   •   about 2 years ago

    Hey there!

    Sorry for the delay. I was looking into your question. In addition to Serhiy's help, Heroku should offer you free services for this (https://devcenter.heroku.com/articles/ssl) and Let's Encrypt (https://letsencrypt.org/).

    Thanks!
    Stefanie

  •   •   about 2 years ago

    Thank you both,

    -Mim

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