the short version: I installed Cloudflare to get a security certificate and apparently didn’t and don’t know why I didn’t nor what else I can do.
My website is bimshwel.com It is a stupid website. Its value is primarily personal to me. it does not sell merchandise, run any offsite scripts or ask viewers for any information unless they want to leave a comment, and only a name field is required to be filled in. Last year I discovered I couldn’t link to it from certain websites in Firefox and would get errors about invalid security or whatnot. My webhost, asmallorange, never said anything about this, and when I asked, graciously offered to SELL me security for a price close to what I pay them annually for the hosting and I don’t understand why my rate should go up so much so suddenly over I-don’t-know-what.
I refused to pay that and went on as I had because I was just too busy to deal with it but would mention it now and then. Eventually an unaffiliated person told me i could get a free security certificate through Cloudflare and indeed Cloudflare has always been THERE in my control panel to set up. So I did, two,threeish weeks ago, fairly easily. But nothing seemed to change, except that additionally I couldn’t log in via ftp anymore. I finally got an official threat from asmallorange disguised as an opportunity warning me to buy security from them before july 2019 because google chrome is going to start doing what firefox already does, like that’s my fault. Just today I found the Cloudflare section which tells me I am “ineligible for ssl.” That is all it says and none of the provided “help” even acknowledges such a thing can occur. Cloudflare never at any point indicated that it was just sitting there doing nothing because I had been declined for an unspecified reason. This whole business is a complete mystery to me and seems like it came out of nowhere.
Thank you for reading any of that if you did!