Universal SSL Status Certificate Pending Validation
I have set up several sites with CloudFlare with no problems.
So I decided to switch over my largest site to use CloudFlare. For security reasons, the site is completely SSL-only.
But after 2+ hours of waiting for the Universal SSL to kick in from CloudFlare I gave up (I had hundreds of angry people yelling at me while the site was down, waiting for Cloudflare SSL).
So…I “Paused” CloudFlare, but it still had the same SSL error after a half hour. So in the end, I had to switch the DNS back to what it was originally, away from Cloudflare.
I was HOPING that the Universal SSL for the website would still kick in, despite having changed the nameservers, and that when the Cloudflare SSL finally finished doing its thing, I could move everything back to CloudFlare.
BUT, 24 hours after creating the account, it’s still stuck in
“Universal SSL Status Certificate Pending Validation”
…it dawns on me, not knowing the technical details going on in the background, that maybe the SSL can’t be validated if the nameservers have been changed back…maybe?
If so, how do people typically make this change, if their site is SSL-only, and they can’t afford 24+ hours of downtime on a very active website? Is there some other better way to do this?
Or am I just stuck in “Pending Validation” limbo and there’s a problem somewhere on Cloudflare’s end?