First Post From A New Server

Yesterday, we changed the location and software for the blog. Some things remain the same; some have changed. We now use Debian GNU/Linux instead of Ubuntu GNU/Linux and everything is updated. There were a few glitches but between my home server, Debian and some help from a friend, all is good today. Shortly, we will add SSL and be on Chrome’s radar again

UPDATE – Yes, we are now an HTTPS site and HTTP automatically redirects to HTTPS.

A further note about the upgrade: The change to HTTPS was accomplished with the Electronic Freedom Foundation’s FLOSS script, certbot. I didn’t have to download from EFF. Debian has it in the *-backports repository. It just worked, acquiring the certificate, installing the certificate and converting the apache installation to HTTPS. The only following problems for me were solved by flushing caches of the old URI and IP addresses and editing the WordPress configuration for https instead of http for the URI of the blog. I just backed up the database on one server and restored it on the other after creating a new database and granting privileges to the appropriate user for the WP installation to access the database. Everything worked. Another result of this move is that our server is now outside the jurisdiction of Trump and it is much faster than before… It’s all good.

PS – Found using IP-address still worked so I tweaked apache’s configuration to block that.

UseCanonicalName Off
<If “tolower(%{SERVER_NAME}) != ‘mrpogson.com'”>
AllowOverride None
Require all denied
</If>

The site is only accessible by http://mrpogson.com/ or https://mrpogson.com/

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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