Well that was weird

So, yesterday, I couldn’t open my blog. It kept saying that the connection wasn’t secure, but I was able to get to it on my phone using my cellular data rather than my home ISP.

I called the ISP and asked them what was going on, they checked some things and reset my modem and said everything looked fine from their end so try again in a few hours and it would probably come back. Just some kind of internet routing issue or something.

Well, it never came back, but after logging into the wordpress dashboard from my cellular data, I noticed that the plugin that forces a secure SSL connection was saying that the SSL certificate was invalid.

So then I went to my hosting provider (from whom I get the SSL certificate) and everything looked fine from there.

Next I tried a couple of online SSL certificate status checkers. It was very strange…a couple of them said everything was good, but another one said it couldn’t find a certificate.

I went back to my WordPress dashboard and disabled the plugin that was saying the SSL certificate was invalid and tried it again. Still no joy.

Long story short, after trying various and sundry things, what I ended up doing was going back to my hosting provider and reassigning the SSL certificate to a different domain that I also have. After waiting a while I tried the other domain and the certificate worked fine with it, so I transferred the certificate back to sailorcurt.com and Viola, everything works again now.

It must have been something in my hosting provider’s backend that caused the issue. I’ve been using this hosting provider for wow, it’s gotta be over 10 years now and this is the first issue I’ve had so I can’t complain too much.

Anyway, if you’ve been having difficulty accessing the blog of the past day or so, that’s what was going on. Seems to be back to normal now.

BTW, I do a complete backup of my blog once a month so even if disaster strikes and it goes down hard, the absolute most I’ll lose is four weeks of posts and comments. I’ve never even had a thought that I might need it in the past, it was “just in case”, but after this I may increase the frequency of the backups. Although I don’t post that much and don’t garner more than a couple of comments per post at best, I’ve been at this for a long time so the database is quite large, backups take a while and take a lot of space, but it may be worth it to increase to a weekly backup and just delete older backup copies more often. I’ll give it some thought.


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