Happy new year and a healthy and prosperous 2018. May it turn out better than you hope.
While everyone was celebrating, I spent some time preparing Diablog for the future. Mainly, because as of this year some browsers show red warning messages, if you try to connect to a website without SSL encryption. If you navigate to a site with http instead of https, that is flagged as insecure. Think of it as http being communication via postcard, while https is a letter in a sealed envelope.
That of course makes perfect sense, if you are entering private data on a website. You should not trust a shopping site, or banking, an airline, etc. without SSL. But it makes less sense, if you are visiting a website for reading only, like Diablog. But, since many users are uninformed, and the red flag might scare them, and prevent visits, I decided to switch glynskyandpete.com to https.
That requires getting a certificate. Those used to cost around £40. Thanks to letsencrypt one can get a certificate free of charge now. Thanks, guys!
What sounds easy and nice in theory, turned out to be a nightmare.
First, our server software needed an upgrade for letsencrypt. Upgrading destroyed the website. Going back required restoring the server from a backup, which can take hours. When eventually the upgrade was done and fixed, installing the certificate destroyed the website again. So we were back to square one, restoring from backup. After days and countless hours I was ready to throw in the towel.
As Glynsky hadn’t bothered to post much during 2017, I asked him by the end of December, whether it was worth the hustle. First he said no. And I prepared to scrap glynskyandpete.com. Then I got a break and managed to install the upgrade without destroying the website. Still, installing the certificate did. Then Glynsky said he would be sad to see it go. Just then we got the server upgraded, and the website website restored without losing the content. Then we got the certificated installed and managed to get the website back.
Now the only problem we are left with is, the https isn’t working yet. But I guess, we shall figure that out too. I’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, we can be glad the whole mess prevented us from having to listen to Glynsky’s usual xmas mayhem, aka what he calls Christmas songs. One has to be thankful for the small things, I guess.
So, I apologize for the inconvenience, best of luck for 2018,