My web host’s prices are eye-watering for something that’s becoming a requirement for any site today, even those that don’t trade in user’s private data such as my own (honestly, their fees for their lowest grade cert are 50% of my hosting costs) and while they allow installation of free Let’s Encrypt certificates, they technically don’t support them.
Then I noticed that my domain host, Namecheap, is now selling SSL certs of various stripes — I went with their cheapest, since it was all I needed, and for a price that didn’t make me want to spit like a camel at my screen.
Installing it was relatively straightforward, even if it did take the best part of two hours because I had to set up a new admin email account (the issuing authority is very particular about what addresses it will recognise) and I messed up the process the first time by neglecting to download the private key when I generated the CSR in my host’s control panel, so I had to reissue the certificate and start from scratch.
The only other issue I had was something that seems common from a quick search: Chrome recognised the certificate, but still flagged a warning that my site was ‘not secure’ because of hosted images and whatnot. All that required was a WordPress plugin to ensure all the necessary gubbins were batch converted, and aside from a just-in-case redirect added to my htaccess file, that was all I had to do. Relatively painless as far as sysadmin goes.
As for this week just gone? Nothing to say. It’s just one of those weeks. I think I’m in one of those all-too-regular loss-of-enthusiasm troughs. For instance, I watched two big wrestling shows last weekend, and enjoyed them for the most part, but bringing myself to write about them here? It’s not happening. Ah well.