Brain Fried and Lost

Help Please my brain is fried and I am lost. I am no expert by any means and in this ever changing cyber world I may have bitten off more than I can try to chew. Maybe that's why I put this whole site off for 2 months, But I need to figure this out and get a certificate in place as I am working on a site for a couple with limited income. The site is a supplement to the retirement they get and since it is going to be eCommerce I have to have SSL in place for everyone's safety and Site 5 support told me to go to Let's Encrypt to get a free cert and then they would install it since they do not support CertBot.
Yet once here in reading it says to use CertBot so now I am confused more and need some help / clarification as site 5 wants $39 for a SSL cert.

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My domain is:
But I am working on a site for a couple with limited income and this is the temporary home for it right now:

I ran this command: I haven't yet

It produced this output: nothing yet

My web server is (include version): |Hosting Package|HostPro|
| --- | --- |
|Server Name|shared91|
|cPanel Version|70.0 (build 69)|
|Apache Version|2.4.46|
|PHP Version|7.0.33|
|MySQL Version|5.6.32-78.1|
|Operating System|linux|

The operating system my web server runs on is (include version):

My hosting provider, if applicable, is: Site5

I can login to a root shell on my machine (yes or no, or I don't know): Tech support said I can

I'm using a control panel to manage my site (no, or provide the name and version of the control panel): Control Panel and or FTP Fillezilla

The version of my client is (e.g. output of certbot --version or certbot-auto --version if you're using Certbot):

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Is changing hosting provider to a provider which is fully and free of charge Let's Encrypt enabled an option?


For my main site isn't not an issue of needing the SSL since I do not do anything with money and such, but for the people I am making the site for it is and they can't afford alot for hosting The place their site has been h\at is not very good with support and want you to pay for almost everything we have removed everything except the Iris site and it still wants them to upgrade the site ...mind you they only pay 79 a year for the hosting.

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Sooooo, I guess that's a "no" then?

And to be clear, you want a certificate for, right?

While Let's Encrypt doesn't actually endorses non-automated Let's Encrypt certificate use (because the certificates are only valid for 90 days and thus need to be renewed quite frequently every 60 days), it is possible, even without root access on shared hosting providers to get a certificate. As you're using cPanel, it might even be possible to automate it anyway! :+1:

While certbot can be used to generate a certificate for you from any computer available (for manual preparation of the challenge it doesn't need to run on the server itself), I would like to suggest a different approach, as certbot is mainly used for fully automated use on non-shared servers.

I would like to suggest the "" client and to be specific I would like to recommend the following guide:

The title says "Simple", but it might look daunting for a novice. Don't worry, we'll try to help you along the way if something isn't clear or doesn't work (note: this method of installing the cert with cPanel might not work with every hosting provider!)

But before you start with the above guide, please have a look at the Let's Encrypt documentation pages with special attention to:

2 Likes is my main domain but I also have and we were looking at adding the echoiris one in since I am doing the site for them since the other webmaster retired and left them with no info to get into drupal and I am totally lost with it. So in short the hosting is paid until 5/ 2022 in the spring and I really can't afford to up and change things and lose what I have paid.
Having a SSL would probably be good all the way around but YES mainly for the until they decide where they want to host it.

Thanks foe the links I will read them and see if I can get things straight in my head LOL and be back

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Hallo again

I took a break from the computer read the articles and pondering the what if I changed hosting companies.
IF I were to change the easy part would be the fact ladies-of-the-heart, etapt, my personal pages and a basic page for echoiris are all saved on my computer because I used html and dreamweaver to create and edit them. The only part I dread is having to re-make what is up and non-public in word press for the echoiris that I have spent the last day putting together after installing wordpress if the export file I made doesn't work correctly and the databases that go with wordpress and woocommerce.
The the task of finding hosting that is not going to cost an arm and a leg once the special offer expires.

Any suggestions?

You can always try to get a certificate with your current hosting provider. Even if the linked guide above doesn't work, there are other ways. In the latter case, your hosting provider would need to be willing to install the cert for you, if there isn't an option in cPanel to do it yourself.

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