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  1. and I symbol in the browser bar is better than a big ugly warning landing page. But I suppose that might come later as well. I'd like to get this right the 1st time. Tell me, why Let's Encrypt over CloudFlare?
  2. Do you read this as Google noting sites w/o an ssl cert with a small warning in the browser bar or a major warning like when a website has malware on it (big red x on a landing page that says "warning - are you sure you want to continue?" https://blog.cloudflare.com/https-or-bust-chromes-plan-to-label-sites-as-not-secure/
  3. RunBox as a website host

    What do you think of them as a host? Specifically for websites? Specifically WordPress websites? Worth it? Modern CPanel? Timely in responses to questions? My experience wasn't so good. #BlockedIpAfter3HoursWorkWithoutResolve #ThankfullyNotMyComputersFault
  4. 2 questions - what is the seo impact of moving from http to https (as well as moving a page from "/example.html" to /example/ via change in site structure). Also - what are your thoughts on adding an SSL via CloudFlare?
  5. For Linux Hosting, redirect https to http (non-cms / non-wordpress / non-ecommerce website), does the following look correct and in the correct order to work correctly: http to https then non-www to www and index.html to main url then page no found redirect RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80 RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.mywebsite.com/$1 [R=301,L] rewriteengine on rewritecond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.mywebsite.net$ [OR] rewritecond %{HTTP_HOST} ^mywebsite.net$ rewriterule ^index\.html$ "http\:\/\/www\.mywebsite\.net\/" [R=301,L] rewritecond %{HTTP_HOST} ^mywebsite.net$ rewriterule ^(.*)$ "http\:\/\/www\.mywebsite\.net\/$1" [R=301,L] RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^000\.000\.000\.0 RewriteRule (.*) http://www.mywebsite.net/$1 [R=301,L] RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} libwww-perl.* RewriteRule .* ? [F,L] ErrorDocument 404 /404.html
  6. VPN

    VPN - Hide.me - would you trust them with your Cpanel or WordPress login info? https://hide.me/en/vpnsetup/windows10/
  7. Screen Resolution - Desktop

    I am curious - when designing a website (particularly image and font size) what desktop (not mobile) screen resolution do you design for 1st? I myself - 1280 - 1600 (14pt). QBQ - Fonts in a 1920 screen resolution seen awfully small (even bing / google search results) and I end up zooming in to 1600 or less. Do I lose sleep and make fonts larger for a larger breakpoint or leave well enough alone. Discuss? https://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_display.asp http://gs.statcounter.com/screen-resolution-stats
  8. Google Analytics

    A typical webdesign client that I service has the following analytics over a typical calendar year for 2017: Technology: Primary browser = chrome, primary os = windows (7), primary screen resolution = 1024x768 ? Mobile: Primary device type = desktop then mobile then tablet in distant 3rd, Primary device = Apple iPhone. QBQ is if primary device is desktop, and primary resolution is 1024x768 (ipad?), and primary mobile device is iPhone, how can this be? Are there desktop computers that use default resolution of 1024/768? Discuss? On a side note, I myself have a 22" monitor with default resolution of 1920px wide but find I need to zoom in to 1536. Anyone else? Just curious. How does this affect how you design websites (other than making them responsive).
  9. Not a wordpress site

    Curious question - if a site is built with straight html/css/php/js - not a cms based site - and each page ends in php (v html) for the purpose of having a simply contact form in the footer - does this make it any more vulnerable to hackers? On that note - how does one "hack" a site that is not built in a cms platform like wordpress or any other web-based website builder? So I can learn how to defend against it? And let's assume the hosts login info cannot be obtained. Thank you for your time.
  10. Ok. So I can use the below to 301 redirect about.html to about/ (after of course addl code is used to hide the extension in the first place? Hide extension: UrlRewrite (do so for each page in the directory?): RewriteEngine On RewriteBase / RewriteRule ^/about/ /about.html Redirect 301 /about.html /about/ And this should work on Linux servers? I appreciate your help. Also, if I am using redirects from nonwww to www as well as index.html to main url, is there a particular order all of this needs to be in? I'll have to add in redirect from http to https another time...
  11. Here is a link I found - https://www.rapidtables.com/web/tools/redirect-generator.html. Thoughts on it's accuracy? ​For a permanent 301 redirect solution on a Linux platform with GoDaddy, which is a better solution in your opinion? ​htaccess: # Permanent URL redirect - generated by www.rapidtables.com Redirect 301 /about.html http://www.myurl.com/about/ or php: <?php // PHP permanent URL redirect - generated by www.rapidtables.com header("Location: http://www.myurl.com/about/", true, 301); exit(); ?> ​This is for a simple redirect from about.html to about/ without a change in domain name or host. The following would be added to the htaccess file to hide the page extensions: PHP EXTENTION REMOVAL RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f RewriteRule ^([^\.]+)$ $1.php [NC,L] HTML EXTENTION REMOVAL RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f RewriteRule ^([^\.]+)$ $1.html [NC,L] ​I assume this is correct?
  12. Probably asked before but in htaccess, how do I go about implementing a 301 redirect from example: about.html (or about.php) to about/ (no file extension). Thank you.
  13. I seem to be getting a lot of contact form spam. I don't know if it is a robot or a person but sometimes only garbily gook is typed in every field (ie - hjkshdjfhdjlsdkj) and sometimes it is a sales pitch for seo. I am wondering if a robot is capable of answering the captcha on the form and automatically fill it out? If so, is there another user friendly way to weed out the contact form spam done by robots? Would It be negative UX to have a field that must not be filled out. If filled out the form does not work? Perhaps it can be invisible to the user but would it still be visible to a robot? But what if it is a person filling out the forms? Thoughts? Please advise. Thank you. Rob
  14. Working well with others

    So for basic on page seo, simple changes to keywords as it relates to tags for titles, descriptions, keywords, h1/h2, image alt - it really IS that cumbersome to send a list to the website designer? I'm not being sarcastic, I'm just trying to understand the hang-up. If I can see it from their end other than a negative, perhaps I can find the right solution. ​Now if it were a developer who is all about writing code a certain way - that I would understand. Easier to make the changes yourself than write a list. ​I don't understand but I understand. In the end, I think it is a control and trust issue but I guess I can understand. Thank you for your time.
  15. Working well with others

    Why are SEO's so hesitant to work with website builders/deisgners/front-end-developers on a website project? Why can't the seo simply send the changes rather than insisting on making the changes themselves? I don't get it. Are we really so bloody difficult to work with? What needs to change?