HTTPS headaches

I’m trying to figure out what has to be done to get oxle and phomago to run on https instead of plain(text) old http.

Well, so far it hasn’t been working out that well. Hosting is done at Siteground, and they have Let’s Encrypt and stuff, however I have set the DNS to be handled at CloudFlare (seperate from the Siteground account, as I wasn’t using Siteground yey when I switched to CloudFlare for DNS).

Now, Sitegrounds Let’s Encrypt method seems to clash with CloudFlare Free (the plan I’m using there) and WordPress doesn’t seem to work well with that. Long story short: when I turn on https on WordPress, accessing the site seems to work, but entering the admin area of the site is broken. ‘Too many redirects’ it sais….

Well. Something I have to remedy, as I don’t believe http should be used anymore. Not just because Google is dropping non-encrypted content to the end of the results, or because Chrome and FireFox are issuing warnings to users accessing http sites with contact forms and such. But because I really think eavesdropping on my visitors should simply be made extremely difficult if not impossible. And no, there’s not much sensitive data on here, but it’s nobodies business what you are reading. Simple as that.

At least it’ll keep me busy for the next couple of days, that’s for sure. 😉

Bzzzzzk

Bzzzzzk, that’s the sound I imagine a brain makes when it has a serious malfunction. Well, that’s exBzzzzkactly what happened to me last year.
At the end of 2015, the 20th of November to be exact, I suffered from a cerebral infarction (due to a partial dissection as a result of sneezing….yes, sneezing) which eradicated 75% of my cerebellum (also known as the small brains). I am lucky to be alive and extremely lucky to have recovered the way I already have done so far. I am certainly not the drooling pile of human flesh sitting in a wheelchair the doctors expected. I still have a lot of limitations due to the infarction; daily fatigue (not to be mixed up with the laziness I exhibited all my life), the motor skills on the right side are damaged (resulting in many difficulties writing, typing, drawing, walking, etc and my dancing skills certainly haven’t improved) plus a more slowly and sometimes slurred speech.
All very much posing a royal pain in the backside, but given the fact that I lost approximately 37,5% of all brain cells and connections this can be considered an extremely decent result.

However, due to this it was impossible for me to keep the site alive and it went into oblivion for little over 7 months. Using some partial backups I have managed to restore part of the contents but it is nowhere near what it was before. A relatively freshs start so to speak, with some old content to kick-start it.
Also my photography (at phomago.com) has come to a grinding halt. However I still have the hope to pick that up in the years to come. But until then, I no longer am an art photographer.
Now, in July 2016, the first step for me is reviving Oxle.com. After this, Phomago might follow.

Details about what exactly happened will be posted in the future as I really feel the urge to share this (rather incoherent) story; every day there are numerous people who have this happen to them or to their loved ones.

With sharing this and future stories I hope to be able to provide some recognition and acknowledgement.

Burning the bridge

It’s been over a year since I “closed” the old forum at oxle.com. They remained accessible in read-only mode during the past year, but today I’m taking the next step by actually removing the old forums, along with the database.
The oxle linkshrinker has also been decommissioned, after shrinking 2744 links in the last 10 years.
Along with it, the domain oxle.nl will be abandoned; when it expires, it will not be renewed by me.

No backups, no CTRL-Z. May the burning bridge light the path that lays ahead.

The forums, newsfeed and ‘blogs’ at Oxle were fun while they lasted, but as I explained on numerous occasions before, there no longer is any need for me to provide a generic forum.

The story still continues for my two remaining websites; the one you’re looking at and phomago, my photography portfolio.
Both are just simple WordPress websites, so I no longer have any need for a webhosting platform that provides support for MS SQL, ASP or ASP.NET.
Plain old PHP and MySQL will do just fine.

The next couple of weeks I’ll be investigating which webhosting company I should switch over to. It’s been a while since I looked into that, and I guess there has happened quite a lot in the landscape of webhosting companies. If you have any suggestions for a reliable webhosting company, please let me know in the comments.