Switching from HTTP to HTTPS in WordPress

Switching from HTTP to HTTPS in WordPress

This short article goes through the simple steps to move your WordPress website from HTTP to HTTPS yourself without using plug-ins or other tools. With the increased pressure from internet browser manufacturers to move content to a secure web, the switch is important for those wanting a higher search ranking or performing any action other than basic information. There’s no magic involved in this move and I don’t go into details of all the things that you can do, I just show you how to get your website up and running after you have a secured certificate installed. Getting started Make sure you take a site backup and that includes

EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

I’ve been meaning to write for a while from the perspective of website owners and operators about the new European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force May 25, 2018. This is following my previous post “What effect does the GDPR have on my website” in which I looked at cookies. I’ve seen articles pointing out the highlights of GDPR just rewriting the articles using different language so I’ll try not to do that. I will keep it brief, using simple language and where possible will use examples that mean something to website owners. I might not cover everything but hopefully, I will capture the main

Chrome will show ‘Not Secure’ warning for HTTP forms

Chrome will show ‘Not Secure’ warning for HTTP forms

Google have started emailing webmasters to let them know about their plan for all web traffic to be delivered through an encrypted channel. This means delivering all web pages via HTTPS rather than HTTP. They are modifying their Google Chrome browser and have already made some changes earlier in the year. If a form delivered by standard text (HTTP) has a credit card or password field then Chrome already flags up in the address bar that it is ‘NOT SECURE’. The next step comes in October 2017 with the release of Chrome 62, although the exact date of the release has not been announced. In version 62, Chrome will treat

My experience using the Duolingo German language course

My experience using the Duolingo German language course

When I added a websites section to my blog I always intended to showcase sites that I found interesting or useful. Today, I would like to walk through a website called Duolingo that helps language students keep their skills fresh. The site can be found at https://www.duolingo.com/ or on a mobile device using the respective application store. Four months ago, I thought I would see if I could learn a language from scratch just by using the Duolingo website and mobile app. In the past, I have learned a little French and Spanish so I couldn’t use them. It was a friend from Romania that pointed me to the site

What effect does the GDPR have on my website

What effect does the GDPR have on my website

Today, I was contacted by a friend who was worried about gathering data on her blog and the effects that the future European data protect act (DPA) would have on this. As I was writing my response I thought that would be good to share on my blog so here it is. I take it you are referring to the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will come into force in 2018 over-riding the UK’s own Data Protection Act. If the UK has not quit the EU before the GDPR is implemented then the UK will have to abide by it and even if the UK has

Technology blog moves to WordPress

Technology blog moves to WordPress

Welcome to WordPress! After 3 years of developing and operating my own content management system (CMS), I have finally switched over to WordPress for my Pat Howe Technology Blog. Part of the reason for this was to make it easier to maintain but the main reason was to take advantage of all the great plug-ins available. I’m still in the process of converting three years’ worth of posts but I’m over 90% of the way through and couldn’t wait any longer to launch it. I didn’t go with a front page like my old blog but thought I would show the most recent posts on the landing page, well snippets

What do I need to do to get a company web presence?

What do I need to do to get a company web presence?

As the New Year gets underway, I have been contacted quite a few times by people who are interested in domain names, email addresses and websites but they don’t know where to start. Perhaps a lot of people are starting new businesses in 2016 or maybe those running new businesses have realised that they need a web presence to compete regardless of the industry. What is a domain name? Why do I need hosting? What do I need to do to set up a company email address or a website? In this article I cover the minimum you need to know to get started, explaining any jargon along the way.

Latest news and website work from My Web Minder

Latest news and website work from My Web Minder

When if first started this site I had intended to write some updates about the work going on at Pat Howe Web Solutions which now trades as My Web Minder. However, after two years I still haven’t provided any news in that respect but I’m not going to list out all the work completed in the last two years as I want to make this short. Apart from registering domain names for people/businesses or setting up email/web hosting accounts, we’ve been adding bits and pieces or making changes to a few websites. This article not only brings you some news on web/email hosting and domain names but also includes what

Rework on My Web Minder and Pat Howe websites

Rework on My Web Minder and Pat Howe websites

We have been moving things around a bit over the years between several of our business websites and now, after 5 years of Pat Howe Web Solutions and My Web Minder being separate websites, we’ve merged them back together again. Previously, design and development work was handled by Pat Howe Web Solutions and all the other web-related services were handled through My Web Minder. Now My Web Minder serves as one place to get all web-related services including design and development work and only the news and articles remain on this site which has been renamed. If you are interested then read on to look through the history of our

How to cook up your own website

How to cook up your own website

Whether your company needs to maintain a web presence, allow employees access to web-based resources or simply requires customer access to account data via the web, starting up a website can be a daunting task but it doesn’t need to be. Ingredients There are 3 main ingredients that you will need to cook up your own website; website files, website address and website hosting. Explanation Website files are what will be displayed when someone visits your website. These files can be static (always display the same), dynamic (may display differently depending on who you are or what you are doing) or provide functionality for you to use (such as a