A couple of weeks ago, our previous VPS hosting provider, 123Reg, had a catastrophic maintenance procedure resulting in many sites being taken down with some being permanently deleted. Fortunately we were lucky enough to have our site recovered by 123Reg, as stupidly on our part we failed to take any backups of our own.
Internet privacy is becoming an ever greater concern in today’s world. Conventionally HTTPS has been used by sites that require a secure login area, to prevent ‘snoopers’ from intercepting user data over an open network.
However, Google now views HTTPS as an SEO ranking factor which suggests Google is looking for all websites to eventually make the switch over to HTTPS regardless of their content.
We had been tinkering with using flexible SSL on Web Tech Gadgetry for awhile, however in the past, we had had some problems with setting up the HTTP to HTTPS redirect. Since then we were able to figure out the problem and thought it a good basis point for a new post.
After only recently realising we were running PHP 5.3, a release that came out a good seven years ago, we thought it a good time for an upgrade. Unfortunately due to CentOS’ stance on long term support, rather than the bleeding edge, this task at first proved quite difficult. As of now for CentOS 6, and I believe CentOS 7, there is no readily available package for upgrading to PHP 7.