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Posted on February 2nd, 2008

Website Redesign Noted in Michigan Newspapers

There is a nice little write-up in the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers regarding the recent website redesign I did for the Building Industry Association of Southeastern Michigan. Here is a couple of excerpts from the article:

Building Industry Association of Southeastern Michigan also announced the launch of its new Web site at www.builders.org. The site offers a wealth of information for potential and current home owners including access to a list of professional master builders who have homes available in communities throughout southeastern Michigan.

The Web site also features a separate section for members of BIA and AAM that can be accessed using the member’s personal identification code.

HomeTownLife.com has the entire article on their website.


Posted on January 27th, 2008

Redirect Only Specific Files from HTTP to HTTPS

I had a hard time finding a solution to redirect only certain files from HTTP to the secure HTTPS. I found all kinds of ways to redirect the entire site to HTTPS but none for specific pages only. After a few hours tinkering I found a solution using the following code in a .htaccess file:

Options +FollowSymlinks
RewriteEngine on
rewritecond %{http_host} ^example.com [nc]
rewriterule ^(.*)$ http://www.example.com/$1 [r=301,nc]

rewritecond %{SERVER_PORT} !^443$
rewriterule ^filename.php(.*)$ https://www.example.com/filename.php$1 [r=301]

The first part of the code redirects example.com to www.example.com as noted in an earlier post, “301” Redirects for SEO. The second part then redirects a specific file (filename.php) from http to https. Thus the individual file “filename.php” can only be accesses using a SSL connection.


Posted on January 14th, 2008

Warning About Checking Domain Names at Network Solutions

This is a warning to those using Network Solutions to check if certain domain names are available.

Seems they now reserve each domain that is searched on their site for five days. Thus, forcing you to buy it from them in that time period. Plus, they charge approximately three times as much as more competitive registration companies (e.g. GoDaddy, NameCheap) for a (1) year registration. You have been warned.


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