I let my SSL certs expire last time, had to install from scratch again. So this time, when I got my “SSL cert will expire in 7 days” email, I immediately clicked on the link therein, thinking “this will save me time, no having to install from scratch this time, I’ll just click renew and I’m all set”.
But instead, it takes me to the same exact screen for installing one from scratch. And I’m scratching my head, thinking “I don’t get it; why the Easy Renewal on the list of features for 3 of the 4 providers, if renewing is exactly the same as installing from scratch?”
So I went ahead with the process: apparently, if you follow the screens that the email link sends you to (after you log in, natch), you click on ‘renew’, then next page on ‘check domain’, then ‘choose provider’ (for the same provider as the current one, mine was Let’s Encrypt): you get to a page (the “Verify your domain” page) with the new Cname records, which you then copy and paste in via control panel. Then go back to the “Verify your domain” page/tab the new cnames are on, and refresh the page. If the red ‘not ready’ message next to the ‘current destination’ field changes to the green ‘ready’ message, it worked. Also, the ‘current destination’ string text will be updated to reflect the new text string, and should now be the same as the ‘destination’ text string above it.
On one of my two domains (the second one I did all this on), it turned green immediately upon refresh. On the other, I’m still waiting. Hopefully it will update to ready status within a few hours; if not, I’ll just do it all over again in the morning. No idea why one worked and not the other, they are both on the same account. Easier than from scratch, but not so intuitive (are you listening, keeper of the Infinityfree Knowledgebase?)
And this, boys and girls, seems to be the renewal process - at least for the Let’s Encrypt SSL. So if you google, like I did, “renew SSL infinityfree”, I hope you come upon this post and it saves you some scrolling and banging your head on the desk.