SSL and 404 Pages and Passwords, oh my!
So I'll start by saying that I'm ready to remove most the passwords from the site. There's a lot that's been blocked off in the past and I don't really have a reason to lock it all anymore. So sometime soon, there's going to be a lot more people reading this. Hello new people. Finally, I've managed to get the site a certificate, which means I can use SSL. By the time you're reading this, you can look in the address bar and see that the site now runs with HTTPS instead of HTTP (s = secure btw). So, for users, this generally won't change you experience much from the surface level. The lock and S means that anyone looking at your internet traffic (such as a middleman, ISP, or your router) can no longer see the data being transmitted. Well they can, but they can't tell what it is or what's inside it. Before, anyone with access could just browse in and see what you were entering and sending. This is a big step to becoming a legitimate website and it really makes the site look more formal to those techies. No popular page should still be using basic HTTP. None. Zip. Zilch.
In order to qualify for an SSL certificate, I had to pay for a review and certificate, and make sure my website would pass a basic inspection. I don't have an enterprise certificate by any means, but it will work great for this site. I contacted a CA (Certificate Authority) and ended up buying the encryption keys and cert from them. Anyways, it all works now : - )
And in other news; the website now has a custom 404 page! 404 is the error code returned when you try and access a webpage on a domain that doesn't exist. By modifying some files (or scripts, depends on how you host your website) it's possible to always redirect to another page if the page someone searches for doesn't exist. Now, if you go a page that doesn't exist, like www.seventhomsen.com/pepsiisbetterthancoke then you'll get a page telling you that there's a 404, a nice little vector graphic, and a search bar. This post seems comparatively short compared to the last two, but I don't really know what to add. Oh, I forgot to mention I added Bohemian Rhapsody and Mortal Engines on the movies page. If they aren't accessible when you're reading this, then they are most likely still processing. It literally takes days.
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