Well, it turned out to be very simple in the end, all I had to do was ask for help. A week ago I setup my WordPress blog on Tsohost to use SSL, and I explained why in my subsequent blog. At the time I was running WordPress version 3.9.2, and when version 4.0 was released I decided to upgrade. What I ended up with was the dreaded ‘redirect loop’, and I’ve spent a few hours over the last three days trying to work out what went wrong. Eventually, I gave up, and asked my hosting provider to help, and precisely 8 minutes later, it was fixed.
Not having such a great time of it with WordPress 4.0 “Benny” and HTTPS. Earlier this evening I completed a backup of my site, then deleted it entirely, and installed from scratch (version 4.0 using the Tsohost ‘one click’ application install) and reimported the posts and media. So I’ve ruled out every plugin and plugin remnant. I’ve also ruled out the theme (the redirect loop occurs on the Twenty Fourteen theme as well). Now I’m running out of ideas, so Google here I come. (Postscript: it’s now fixed)
At Google I/O 2014 Google described the way most websites exchange data with their visitors as “insecure, untrustworthy, and trivially intercepted”. Harsh words. They then took it a step further and announced on the Google Webmaster blog that they were “starting to use HTTPS as a ranking signal”, at which point I decided to setup my blog to run entirely over HTTPS. It’s only costs £25 per year on my excellent hosting provider, Tsohost, but why would I bother, when I don’t process payment information?
Apologies for the downtime, it appears a plugin problem has caused my site to go down several times over the past two weeks (according to StatusCake my uptime is now 85%, which isn’t good). So far I think I’ve narrowed it down to WordFence, but I can’t be sure until the site has been up and running successfully for at least a week. If you did visit my site and got an error, my apologies, and once I have a confirmed cause I’ll post a blog entry so anyone else experiencing the same problem can learn from my mistakes!
At a recent management course (the provider of which, Duraikan Training, I can highly recommend) we got to the bit about ‘Values’, and I visibly winced. In the last 20 years I have never seen organisational values make any demonstrable difference to the service or product provided. The problem always stems from an inability to both talk the talk, and walk the walk. Values are nice, but customers will judge your organisation based not on what you say you would do, but on what you actually did.