I’ve successfully updated my SSL certificate for this website, and automated the transaction as a result of the first repetition of the maneuver.
It’s a really nice way to keep your site secure, and it pushes you towards automating the renewals by having a relatively short certificate life span. Plus, it’s free.
Receiving the alert is very refreshing; I still had 19 days to renew my certificate, which would’ve given me plenty of chance to do it even if I’d not had a shellscript handy waiting only for a good chance to test it and schedule.
Keeping your client-server communications secure is a must-do; even if most of what I write here will eventually see the light of the day, much damage can be done to my image if the site was compromised; and this is just a personal website. If you have a website where clients log in and trust you their data, and for some reason you do not have secure connections enabled, do yourself a favor and fix that problem.