WebSite Updates

WebSite Updates

I have made a change in the back end of things, nothing to affect the accounts or sign in, you still can and will not need to re-register.   The back end of the site has been moved to a faster control panel software that is designed to make things move faster in the loading.    Right now, the images are off-line and will be replaced later.

Overall, I plan on improving the site loading times, making things cleaner and easier to use.  I know some have had troubles with logging in and I am not 100% sure as to why, but if you have any issues, please let me know on Facebook.

Please bear with me while I continue to make the site updates and improvements around here. :)

 

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This is why I made changes to the site

This is why I made changes to the site

I was using WordPress to run this web site and found it to be a great platform for blogging overall.  It is a no cost solution and is easily learned by those who are wanting to start their own blog or other web site.  My web hosting company I ran used WordPress and it was ideal for the job.  In fact, many businesses run on WordPress including major corporations.  I ran into some issues with it however, that pushed me over the edge in what I found to be an acceptable level of problems.

My reasons in order for making the switch:

  • There is a very old yet - unpatched security hole which exists in the WordPress ecosystem which can compromise accounts and sensitive data.
  • The amount of system resources required to run the software eventually began to tax the server and system which also increased the amount of time
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Come Join Us!

Come Join Us!

I wanted to update what has been going on with the site.   The site has undergone several changes:  A brand new look, new design, new feel, more login options and soon to be more functionality.  

First the most important news:

USER ACCOUNTS:

Due to the changeover which I did, I was not able to bring everyone's account over as much as I wanted to.  Given the nature of the security involved with the web site systems and how the passwords are super tightly encrypted (THATS A GODO THING!) :)  it was not possible to do this.  

One observation I noticed was that there were a few people on the old system who had a very hard time logging in and/or creating their account.  This should now be fixed!!!  You can now login with your favorite social account!.  You have probably already seen this in the

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Which way would you like to login?

Which way would you like to login?

I am evaluating methods to add extra login security to the site.  First and foremost, the site is secured 100% with an SSL certificate, which encrypts content to and from the server and your computer.  This helps scramble your password you enter in transmission to the site.   This helps protect your logins from potential 'eves-droppers' from reading your password if they should spy on you in the coffee shop, or another open wireless network.

In today's day and age though, scrambling your password is not enough and it is vital anymore to use multi-factor authentication.  I touched upon it about a month ago, I am still searching for other methods which would be easier to use and less cumbersome.

There are options to use QR Codes which you scan on your phone to authenticate you on the system using an app such as Google Authenticator on your phone.  When you

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A New Secure Login Method has been added

In short, I am going to be rolling out a stronger security sentry for this web site.   I have implemented a service called "SecSign" into the login area. Let me go over some basics of how it works.

You install their App on your Android (Play Store Link) or Apple device (App Store Link) through your play store and create a user id inside the app.    For example, you can use Jdoe or FancyUser or whatever you want it to be, once it validates that it is not taken on the server, then it will have you log into their site as a test.  It will give you file storage for following the steps,  which is up to use with whatever you want to do with it. 

After you complete these tasks, you can log into your account here, click on the Edit My Profile link:

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New Start - New Look

New Start - New Look

With the new year starting, I thought that it would be a good time to finally revamp the web site.  2016 has brought many things with it and we are all very glad that it has finally come to an end.  I think it is safe to say that we all know someone who has faced trials and adversity, or maybe yourself.  In 2016, we had our fair share.

I look forward to 2017 being a better year of prosperity, good health and peace for everyone.

More posts to come soon!

 

 

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We are back better than ever!


 It’s Fresh!  It’s New! It’s Wonderful!


 

A fresh new look has beheld this web site.  Since we have moved to the Portland area now, I have decided to start the web site fresh and clean with a new look.  The skyline you see above is of Portland’s skyline at dusk taken by an unknown source on Wikipedia.  I thought it was a good representation of the area we live in.  With our move, we have made some personal changes in our lives as well which we feel will make us better in the long run.

I will be adding more photos than ever before starting with our wedding photos from August 15, 2009.  I am in the process of editing those and you can expect them soon!


Registration is back – for a limited time


With the new design, I had to remove the user accounts that were

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