Website now more secure – and green

It may not look much different, but I’ve just finished moving and upgrading this website.

Previously the address bar said “Not secure” before my web address, which was rather off-putting. Now it has a nice little lock and ‘https’ in front of the address, with the ‘s’ standing for ‘secure’. It means people can leave comments, or add their name and email address to subscribe, with more confidence. Google also prefers secure websites.

Data centre, servers, lots of wires, high energy consumption
This is what “the cloud” looks like in real life Image by foudefoot60 from Pixabay

Another reason for moving was that I wanted my site hosted by a company with a commitment to being environmentally responsible. Websites, while apparently quite intangible, in-the-cloud affairs, are stored on web servers in steel-and-concrete data centres which consume a lot of energy.

The web hosting company I’ve moved to (Hostpapa) claims that it purchases all the energy it uses from renewable sources.

Windfarm, windmills in green fields, clean energy source
Image by Jason Gillman from Pixabay

The move caused a few minor glitches. I’ve corrected as many as I can find, but if you come across any broken links or strange hieroglyphics in the text, please let me know.

Venturing onto Pinterest

As an experiment, I’ve set up a couple of boards on Pinterest for images related to my books. They’re both works-in-progress, but have a look and tell me what you think. I’m something of a newbie when it comes to Pinterest, so I’d appreciate any suggestions you can offer me on how to improve them.

The first is for Susan. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of Susan herself, or her husband David Whybrew. But I’ve included a few of the people mentioned in the book, as well as many of the places, such as the Ship Inn in Adelaide and the barracks in Dublin. It’s still quite a small collection. I’ll be adding more pictures as I find them.

Screen shot of Pinterest Board for Susan: convict's daughter

The other relates to the book I’ve just finished. While I’ve been writing it, I’ve collected lots of pictures of Perth in the years between 1895 and 1910, as well as some of the people involved in the story.

Pinterest board for Perth 1895-1910

I’ve also recently changed the title and cover for the free booklet that I offer to anyone who signs up for my Readers List. It used to be called “Are You Sure Dear?” but I decided to be more descriptive, so it’s now Family History Pitfalls.

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