You can stick your automation where the sun don’t shine
What a thoroughly frustrating morning and just because an automated system is helping us !!!!
I moved one of my sites to a new host this morning.
This is a host that used to be great, but like all small good hosts seem to do eventually, they sold out to one of the bigger boys.
This host uses cPanel who now use Lets Enrypt.
A couple of months ago I noticed some strange directories had been added to my domain, looked in to it and found that my host had enabled Let’s Encrypt by default.
Having Let’s Encrypt enabled may be a good thing but it would have bee good had they let us now rather than me finding out by finding a mystery .well-known directory and then finding the site was working on both http and https
Anyway, I sorted that little fiasco out and set my redirects to https
Jump forward to today, I add a new domain to the hosting, go and change nameservers, take daughter to college, come back and find the new site is automatically redirecting to the https but throwing a certificate error.
Apparently it takes 24 hours before the new domain is added to the certificate and I have no way of manually running the AutoSSL 🙁
Whatever happened to the, just change the nameservers, wait 10 minutes and site is live days 🙁
Finally the site goes live
After over 6 hours the site finally went live.
I can’t understand the reasoning of the host that sets the domain to https by default but then has no way of manually running autoSSL
Sat there for 6 hours with the site redirecting to https and then throwing an error about a certificate, and no way of setting the certificate 🙁
I finally gave up with their ticket support and phoned them.
I think he gathered by tone of voice I was a bit pissed off as he went and manually installed the certificate for me 🙂
Another bottle of Christmas Port
After a day like today I’m tempted to get another bottle of Christmas Port out.
No SEO Hero stuff today unless the Port gives me a bit of inspiration 😉
Beware of late night ramblings #~~#’#@+
More information about the Penrod Shero SEO Hero Party coming soon…
Check the Structured Data of this page for a sneak preview –
I like playing with AdWords like this during SEO Competitions and just hope the AdWords guys at Google who are monitoring the ads have a sense of humour as I have a few fun ads lined up until my budget runs out.
Day 26 – 11 December 2016
1. The Joy of it All
The joy of playing these little games is that you can do just about whatever you want on your website without worrying about USP’s, Calls to action, establishing trust, retaining attention or any of that other stuff that ruins your fun.
If I want to set a picture of a Bunnykins as the background and not care if it makes the text harder to read – I can 🙂
If I want to start using the blog section as an actual blog and just post whatever I want – I can 🙂
If I want to start a few games, make nonsense posts, add any photos – I can 🙂
If I want to add SEO Tips in amongst my ramblings – I can 🙂
If anyone wants to join in – They can 🙂
As the one thing I find missing in this SEO Competition is interaction amongst those taking part.
It’s only a bit of fun for most of us taking part so if you want to have a bit of fun too get in touch with me.
2. Tidying PenrodShero Up
The penrodshero.com website was getting messy again with different styles and layouts scattered about all over so I decided to give it a more universal look.
Although it may not be obvious when you view the source (apart from posts/pages with comments) penrodshero is built with WordPress, but where it differs from most is it doesn’t use wp-head and it uses multiple header-***.php and multiple page-***.php files.
This basically means that when I create a Page I can choose from about 5 different layouts and the problem was the 5 layouts were using 5 different header-***.php files which were a lot different to each other.
I’ve now made these more similar to each other but still with the different features I need.
Whilst at it, I removed the SEO Hero diary from the top of the posts pages and created a new widget for it which I have positioned under the content.
Day 27 of SEO Hero Challenge 12th December 2016
V1 And Only SEO Hero
Send me a photo if you have a SEO related car number plate or license plate and I will add it to this page along with a link back to your SEO Hero site 😉