May 232018

We’ve had a number of issues with folks trying to log in to comment and with people seeing a notice that the site was “not secure”.

I had no clue what was going on…now, a few hours and a big wad of cash later, I’ve solved at least half the problem.

Here’s what’s going on.

Google, most of the search engines, and the big browsers want the information on web sites to be encrypted.

Sites that are not encrypted will get the “site not secure” notice, then eventually a splash page warning people to use the site at their own risk.

The way you know if a site is encrypted is if the address begins with “https” rather than “http”.

We were an “http” site…and Google was having their way with us.

To correct this I had to buy an SSL certificate and then our site would encrypt all the info coming in and the browsers will work and Google will relent.

I did so.

You will want to change your bookmarks to

There could be issues and down time for the next 24-48 hours as these changes go through the system and the internet.

Thank you for your patience, your presence, and your support.



  28 Responses to “Securing the PhxP”

  1. I fixed it!
    I think…

  2. Well, let’s see.

  3. Looks like my comment went through, but I still had to log in, in order to comment.

  4. Did you have to log in each time?

  5. No, the log in has held. I did click the “remember me” box the first time I logged in. I have been doing this from my phone.

  6. Thanks…it may be fixed after all!

  7. well… i’m dizzy from these silly forms, but it looks like i’ve made it LOL

  8. Em,
    Glad you’re back in…

  9. Hey! Is this live, or Memorex?


  10. Let’s see here if this thingamajig works!

  11. Looks like we’re back up and running…thanks to all.

  12. looks like we’re back!!!

  13. congratulations, Michael… am in the process of solving charges not made by me on credit card and waiting for new card… if i had the p.o. box address… i’d send something towards these expenses… we all benefit from your hard work here

  14. I didn’t study for this test

  15. Hmm, Something still seems…weird πŸ™‚

  16. That last one was meant to be a joke, but it still didn’t keep my info πŸ™

  17. Hope this works…

  18. Site feels a little slow to load, but other than that, seems to be good.

  19. I know it’s after the fact, and I don’t know how much money you spent, but you could have gotten SSL for free. A year from now you can switch to that option.

  20. Josh

    Will it keep your info yet?

  21. I just changed one more setting…hopefully it all works like before.

    You can thank Duane for it being here at all…I was frustrated enough to flush the whole project before he talked me off the ledge yesterday…

  22. Corby,

    I had to buy two years worth…and I didn’t see any free way to do it.
    That would have been nice.

  23. Oh, I’m sure Duane had a big hand in it too, but shouldn’t you also be thanking Brian Brodersen for writing that article about how to save the Phoenix Preacher site? πŸ™‚

  24. KevinH,

    LOL! πŸ™‚

  25. This is worth a donation by whoever can. I help moderate another board and we had to switch over to https a year ago. And it costs money to keep the servers running, all by user donations (so we can keep it ad free).

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