March 13

Impending Server Changes

I’m going to be making some changes to the server.  I recently had my server “hacked”, which was basically just some skiddie finding a way to post one of those pharmaceutical spam ads on a couple of my WordPress sites.

Hacked - I do not think it means what you think it means.
Hacked – I do not think it means what you think it means.

I’m taking this time to figure out a couple of things.  The plan is:

  • figure out how to use Let’s Encrypt for HTTPS (for TTORP, the Story Teller Forum, and my Fitness Forum).
  • find a way to deploy + update WP sites via git (including initial setup)
  • work on a better CMS for Crazed(Sanity) sites
  • update my “deploy” system to work with GitHub and generic git (not just

That’s actually quite a bit of stuff.  It’s going to take a while to get this all setup.  It’s equally possible that I’ll post about impending downtime as I am to simply just do it: pretty much all my sites are (extremely) low traffic.  So, there, I said it.

UPDATE, April 13, 2017

I’ve started migrating some of the sites.  I’ve also started to get some SSL certificates, but ran into an issue with a “rate limit” on… which apparently means I have to wait for a week before getting more.  (This really means nothing right now, since none of my sites previously used SSL.)

Unfortunately, my main website ( is old and not really built to be moved around.  I’ve apparently relied on large amounts of server magic to make it work in the past, along with some not-so-easy-to-debug errors (like a script reporting that it doesn’t exist when accessed directly, because… reasons).

I’m hoping to have all the issues ironed out soon and finish the migration.  Then I can finally get on to playing with new tools and coding languages for reals.

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