Encrypting the site

I’ve just moved my site from HTTP over to HTTPS.  It’s not a huge deal for something like this, but it’s something which I’ve really needed to do for a while, and something which is becoming more and more popular.  For most people this won’t mean much, and for this site it doesn’t amke much difference, but given that encrypting web pages is a simple process, there’s no real reason not to be doing it.

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Perils of a shared hosting platform

Once again I’ve been inspired by a stack overflow question, and it made me think about issues of a shared hosting platform.  You know the ones; the “host your site for £2.99 a month” sites.  There’s nothing inherently wrong with it (I was using them for a long time until I decided I wanted my own server to play with, and still using one for a different project for the moment), but it brings its own risks.  Some of those risks are to do with the infrastructure, others are with the people who are hosted on it.

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So you think you’re in control of your website?

I’ve recently been approached about a project for me to work on, part-time and on the side.  This itself isn’t unusual, but it’s one of a very small minority which I think is a good idea and has some promise.  I’ll not go into details about it, as I don’t know the full details of what role I would be involved in, and to what extent, but I had a look into it over the weekend and discovered something which probably affects many small businesses initially, and something which could be disastrous for them.  Their SEO sucks.

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Setting up your web server

I spend quite a lot of time on StackOverflow, both in terms of finding answers for something I need, and also for helping people out with their issues.  One question I see quite a lot is around security permissions for creating files on the server.  Usually these questions are for PHP, and as such I’m going to address this post as if PHP developers are sensible and deploy on a LAMP stack.

More often than not, I see the posts and they have something along the lines of the following:

I’ve set the permissions to 777 but it’s still not working

It makes me want to turn into the Hulk and smash things.

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Hopefully the last of the changes

‘Tis the season for change, it seems.  And after a lot of chanes with the site and jobs, I’ve had to make yet another change.  Namely to my web-hosts.

I orders a VPS with 1 and 1, configured it and set this domain to be transferred to them so everything could be working nicely, just as I want it (and so I could play around with server management).  After a week of waiting for the domain to be transferred I thought I would get in touch with them to see whether I had made a mistake, or when the domain was going to be transferred.  I got the following response from them:

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