You can get certificates for free… (for examble from Let‘s encrypt) but also from comercial compannies .. (I just check one the offers a new certificate for chat.vzones.com for 22,61 Euro per Year…for a single Side.. delivery in 5..10 min... SSL_Trust… just a random google search result to get a number.. https://ssl-trust.com/SSL-Zertifikate/check
you may check also your certificate at this page…)
So guess this schould not be a low on budget problem…
Of course it needs some hours to install a new cerificate (if you have to google the howto..) ..but hours are not weeks…. This is basic admin work .. some clever pro guys may use scripts .. turn it into a 15 min task..
And yes.. if you doing more than one side… this may take more time .. even to get a certificate will take much longer.. ( up to 15 days…) but the WA chat side is no national bank
And Andy told us .. it will be a 24h fix..
On 23, May Andy wrote:
Two more exciting things I've been working on including collecting just over 4500 contact details of past members to contact & in the process of securing funding to build a complete new mobile/app version which when secured wouldn't be completed until 2020. Voice addon is also being developed as plugin option.
Source : viewtopic.php?f=9&t=2613&p=7345#p7336
Ok… so mobile App seems to be still on schedule … but I never ever will fund a project that is not able to maintain a running server … this is really the worst way to promote your ideas ….
And worst.. the Free Chat area is also down… and this is the first contact a new user will have... even if is is lucky enough to get an free account… next step is a disaster without a clean certificate.. Can I trust Vzone? … Will I send them my personal details? Send them money?
This is like a business card with the title ‘fastest to wall goer in town – trust me, you will lose all your money‘ on it.. in RED BIG LETTERS…
We all know.. WA is not that bad.. but there is no second chance for the first impression… and with no certificate all turns from.. ‘well… not great…’ to a real ‘NO GO…’ that is nothing less than a PR worst case..
This is nothing to solve soon… it is a real time top priority to fix issue… wake up, Andy.. or you (and we) will lose our dreamscape again… too soon..