Wednesday, February 22, 2017

SiteHoundSniffs Remodeling Completed

I really hate to admit it, but I suppose Grayson ain’t as full of it as I thought he was.  For he said that remodeling [SiteHoundSniffs] was not going to take all that long, and considering just how much was changed, a little over two weeks is really not all that long.

Oh yeah, A LOT was changed.  Most of it should be rather obvious, but getting there took a great deal of effort.  For all of the linked headers displayed on the All and United States pages had to be redone—not to mention moving the additional text links for every category and country to their own pages.  Will I get a raise out of it?  According to Grayson, one must be getting paid to begin with before they can expect a raise {Insert groan here.}.

Yeah, I finally got around to adding a [Humor] category.  We hope it will be a place where you will want to hang out with [Crotchety], [Chatterbox] and [NoNameDufus].

Going clockwise and starting on the left of the front row, that is me, Steven Vaughan, Eric Fields, and Gary Sanders in the newspaper clip from 1972.  The [Preppers(+)] sites featured in order of appearance on the rest of the ad are [Rational Preparedness], [Off Grid and Free], [Reality Survival], [Plan and Prepared] and [Backdoor Survival].  By the way, Grayson says that I ain’t prepared for diddly.  Sigh.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017


When I first heard of Google rating whether a site was secure or not, I did not pay all that much attention, but then I started hearing more and more about it might not being a bad thing for [SiteHoundSniffs], I decided to get’r’done.

If you do not know what I am talking about, the http: at the beginning of a site address is changed to https: while a padlock shows up to the left.  This involves having at least a shared SSL certificate and removing any “stuff” on the site.  [SSL] stands for Secure Sockets Layer,  which is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral.

To accomplish it for SiteHoundSniffs, I had to upgrade my hosting plan to a business level in order to have a shared SSL certificate.  A private SSL certificate is available, but it costs more than we can afford at this time.  I upgraded several weeks ago, but there was still not a padlock showing up while my upgrade seemed to be on hold (according to my HostGator dashboard).  I was finally able to get in touch with someone to help me (the trouble was probably my fault) and they said I had the certificate and suggested going to [Why No Padlock?] to determine what may be the problem.  If you look up at the address bar here, you won’t see a padlock, nor an https:.  Blogger/Blogspot sites share a SSL certificate, but there is some “stuff” on here keeping the padlock away.  One of the things is the Feedjit widget on the sidebar, which would be easy to remove.  I have no idea what the other thing is.  Hence, “stuff.”

Yeah, there was some “stuff” on SiteHoundSniffs, and after doing some research, I came upon a WordPress plugin that got rid of most of it after three passes of increasing the setting.  Ah, but Really Simple SSL was indeed simple and finished the job in one pass.  Needless to say (I hope) you can now see a padlock and https: on the address bar.

I do not know if something broke in the code while removing the “stuff,” but when I went to start adding a new round of listings to SiteHoundSniffs, I could not access the All category on the backend.  The others I checked seemed to be fine, but I still had a major problem on my hands.

After failing to find a realistic (for me) way to easily fix the problem, the only recourse seems to be deleting the page for the All category and building another.  Since Grayson has been somewhat less than fully satisfied with the way the site looks, it will be undergoing some major remodeling for the next week or so.  He promises that it will not take all that long, and I have rued the days I have called his bluff in the past.  Sigh.

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