The (very poorly maintained) hosting company we are currently stuck using (at least for another 1-2 years), doesn't seem to support/assist/allow or even understand the concept of "free SSL certs". They sell them for $170 themselves. We in the world would they allow us to obtain/install free ones?
I thought we could install one anyway using the "manual method" of Lets Encrypt. How is the very long, complex, impossible to understand "manual method" actually "manual"? It forces us to install plug-ins and download/install custom software.
Manual means manual. We want to MANUALLY just create a folder. MANUALLY just install the certificate, etc. 100% everything must be manual.
Our hosting company is using an extremely old version of a hosting panel that doesn't even exist any more: WebSitePanel.
They will NEVER be upgrading it, nor changing it.
Contractually, we have to stay at this poorly run hosting company for another 1-2 years.
We also looked into the FULLY manual method over at SslForFree. It would be fully doable except for 1 thing. They demand we create file folders that contain forbidden characters. (Starting with "period".) So that's not possible either.