For me, this past week has been Blogging Hell. Literally. You know, the week where you catch your haggard reflection in the mirror and desperately moan to yourself “why did I ever decide to self-host?”
In terms of technology, nothing worked. I spent several days repeatedly clearing my history and restarting my computer due to the dreaded (and frequent) ‘Bad Gateway’ message. Bringing me to the full height of despair, a couple of blogging friends contacted me to say that when they tried to log onto my site, they received a message stating, “This connection is not private. This website may be impersonating http://www.retirementreflections.com to steal your personal and financial information.”
I’ve been accused of many things before. But a cyber thief? Ouch!
As I was saying, not a good week. #Understatement.
I have a SSL certificate from the company I self-host with, which is supposed to indicate that my website is secure. Despite my Herculean efforts, I could not achieve the coveted ‘little green lock’ (the one beside the URL in the browser) confirming that my site is valid and the connection private. I read articles. I watched YouTube tutorials. I downloaded plugins. I hung out with Blue Host/Word Press ‘Happiness Engineers’. The ‘Engineers’ directed me to more articles and plugins. Argghh!
In desperation, I paid an online technology service to help. After much drama (please don’t ask) they were able to solve the problem by using the free site, ‘Why No Padlock?’ Double Argghhh!! Why hadn’t the Happiness Engineers, or YouTube, told me about that one?
Turns out, I had a badge on my site (yup, one single image) that was listed as ‘http’ instead of ‘https.’ And that teeny-weeny missing ‘s’ caused all this commotion!!
So now I have the coveted little green lock nestled neatly beside my blog address. And, because of my nerd-like tendencies, I also have a small ‘shield’ logo, showing that ‘Firefox is blocking domains known to track users.’ (This added protection also claims to load pages “44% faster”!) Since you can never be too cautious, I have recently added Antiviral Software (free with Sophos) on my MAC. Nothing like a week in Blogging Hell to cause a little paranoia!
So, how was your week?