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Unless You Are A Masochist, DO NOT Switch To The New WordPress.com ‘Gutenberg Editor’.

by Anura Guruge



If you select this new editor, which may pop-up in your blog dashboard you are LOCKED IN — even though the new editor is still in beta. There is a PLUGIN that will enable you to switch back but you can’t use Plugins on ‘Free’ WordPress.com blogs. That is inexcusable.

I could NOT make head or tail of the new editor. It was way too confusing. And I could not switch back.

So, I have given you a heads up. You have been warned.


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by Anura Guruge

Getting ‘SSL Certificates’ For HTTPS Web Security From GoDaddy — Some TIPS.

by Anura Guruge


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The GoDaddy SSL certificate plans.


Given that it is a full-blown e-Commerce online Website we had to add SSL-certificates to the new ‘Made On Earth‘ Website yesterday.

This WordPress(.org)-based Website had been hosted (as a subdomain) at GoDaddy before I got involved in July 2017. So, of course, we went to GoDaddy to get the SSL certificates. That SSL is NOT part of the hosting does not make me happy.

SSL-certificates are NOT cheap from GoDaddy (and forget the 20% discount). Luckily we just needed them for one-and-one site (and it did NOT matter that it was a subdomain). [So, note: GoDaddy will let you get SSL for a subdomain even if you do NOT have SSL for the main domain. That was good. I had visions that we would need the very expensive, $269.99/year, package.]

GoDaddy charges $50 to install it — in addition to the $55.99/year! Yes, YOU could try to do it yourself BUT that did NOT appeal to I.

However, even with that $50 fee paid, YOU still have to do some work — cutting and pasting the SSL certificate into a window. Why GoDaddy can’t do this as part of their service is a mystery.

So, some important TIPS.

  1. The $50 install fee will APPLY EACH time you RENEW. It is NOT a one-time install, the first time you get SSL! So, if you get just one-year, you will have to pay the $50 again — next year. Yikes. 3-years is the MOST they will let you buy. Yes, this is a money making option for GoDaddy. So, we bought 3-years. They gave us a $10 discount, BECAUSE I asked. It came to $207. That is sobering. So, that is part of the new Web hosting costs at GoDaddy.
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  2. I did the transaction over the phone and I am glad I did so. Too many ‘things’ I would have missed IF I tried to do this online — including the discount.
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  3. A GoDaddy specialist has to do the install. IF one is not immediately available, GoDaddy will hang-up and call you back. We were lucky. One was available and could do it while we waited.
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  4. GoDaddy sends you an e-mail with THE CERTIFICATE. It is a very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very long string. You have to copy and paste it onto a GoDaddy page. Why GoDaddy wants us to do this is a mystery.
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  5. Doing the copy and paste was NOT as easy as you would think. Kept on getting ERRORS at the GoDaddy end. Had to clear the cache. That didn’t work. Then they wanted me to try it using Chrome ‘Incognito Mode’! That worked. Hhhhmmmm.
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  6. Said it would take 1-hour for the certificate to kick in.
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  7. 2.5-hours later I am still NOT seeing HTTPS. Call GoDaddy.
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  8. Ahhh! It is because you are using WordPress. You need a PLUGIN to force HTTPS. Why didn’t they tell me that earlier. Typical GoDaddy. Plus they wouldn’t tell me what PLUGIN to use. Had to Google it.
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  9. Used this PLUGIN. Worked immaculately. Thanks. So, finally, about 3-hours after I had first called GoDaddy we were all set with HTTPS.

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by Anura Guruge

I Went From FireFox 16.0.1 to FireFox 18.0.1; Missed 16.0.2 & All of 17. Recommend That You Disable Automatic Updates.

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Anura Guruge


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>> New Delicious Add-On For FireFox 16.0.1 — Oct. 22, 2012.


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As I have stated before, FireFox and I go back a long, long time. I have stuck with it through thick and thin, though late they are beginning to finally get under my skin.

FireFox 16.0.1 with its issues wasn’t the last straw, but it is getting close.

I refused to update to 16.0.2. I had disabled automatic updates. I show you how to do that. Just go to FireFox >>> Tools >>> Options >>> Advanced and select the Update tab. See above.

To be fair, I had it first set to ‘Check for Updates’. Their prompts became annoying, PLUS I realized that they, quite unnecessarily and unbecomingly, try to TRICK YOU. They give you to buttons: ‘Ask Later’ and ‘Update’. You have to hit one to proceed. It is easy enough to hit the wrong one … and then it is TOO LATE. You can’t stop a FireFox update. Yes, I think if you look hard enough you can find a link at FireFox that enables you to revert back to previous versions. Too much hassle. So, I have totally disabled updates.

This actually is my de facto mode for everything; including Windows Updates. Yes, I admit it. I have the discipline and the motivation. With Windows Updates, once a month, around mid-month, I go and manually check. I also Google to make sure that there are no rogue updates. I also check the list before I agree to the update. I hide ones that don’t make sense or are unnecessary.

Same with FireFox. I was willing to take a calculated risk. I don’t surf for porn. Though I visit over 100 different sites a day, most are respectable. I have PAID Avast and Windows 7. So, I will take a risk.

I disabled the Java Plug-In because of all that flap about Java security. Big mistake for ME. With my work on asteroids I spend a lot of time on NASA and JPL Websites. Suffice to say they have a lot of Java applications, some extremely neat. So, yesterday I had to reinstall the Java Plug-In, which meant reinstalling Java — and REMOVING JavaFX. You don’t need JavaFX. Remove it from the Control Panel. I had to get 18.0.1 to get the Plug-In to work. Hence the update. My backup Windows 7 machine has FireFox 14! Java works fine on that.