Happy Holidays everyone! I had some time to work on the site this week and decided to do some back end work. I’m hardly a website developer and to be completely frank I find website development and technologies frustrating at best. I did learn quite a few things while doing this and it was in the end a successful few days.

Most importantly I improved the security of the site, I implemented some server side firewall rules which should drastically reduce the amount of attacks on the site. For fun I’ll probably end up posting some of the logs so interested parties can get a view of what a site under constant attack looks like. It’s pretty much a spaceship flying through an asteroid field. I also implemented HTTP TLS/SSL encryption. You’ll notice now that all traffic is force re-directed to https. You may get a mix content warning and I hope to fix that soon. Its because images are being served as http rather than https and WordPress doesn’t have an easy way to correct the migration.

Our certificate comes from Let’s Encrypt which is a free automated open certificate of authority.  So that is my Christmas gift to all of you this year, encrypted traffic!

I hope to continue this site well on into the future and I hope to bring not only tutorials but more frequent blog-esqe posts of thoughts, projects or general useful tidbits that I come across during all of my research.

Again, have a Happy Holidays, enjoy some time off with your families and see you next year!


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