Enabling HTTPS

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I think it's good to enable https protocol on TypeDrawers. Because as you may heard before, now all browsers treat http websites as "Not Secure" and it affects SEO and access to the website now and in the future.




This doesn't happen all the time yet. But it will be very soon.

You can find a free https service like Let's Encrypt.
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  • Dave Crossland
    Dave Crossland Posts: 1,416
    edited November 2017
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    I agree this is coming up and will be a problem, so better to get ahead of it.

    https://vanillaforums.com/en/plans says the "Corporate" plan includes SSL. Is TD on that plan?
  • Shahab Siavash
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    I agree this is coming up and will be a problem, so better to get ahead of it.

    https://vanillaforums.com/en/plans says the "Corporate" plan includes SSL. Is TD on that plan?
    Oh! I never paid attention that TD is on Vanillaforums. But HTTPS could and should be done in the hosting control panel regardless of site contents. Unless the plan includes hosting as well.

    And also I think there are open source free options available to create a forum like TD.
  • Roel Nieskens
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    Do you have access to the server or is that been taken care of by the Vanillaforums subscription?
  • Dave Crossland
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    And also I think there are open source free options available to create a forum like TD.
    Open source is only free if the responsible parties’ time is worth nothing. Expecting James to port over all the data and start managing the forum software is a bit much.
    That's why I prefer "libre fonts" or "libre software," to emphasize that it's about freedom, not $0.
  • James Puckett
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    Do you have access to the server or is that been taken care of by the Vanillaforums subscription?
    Vanilla handles everything. It’s built on a distributed server architecture designed to protect against DDOS attacks.
  • Johannes Neumeier
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    Hosted Vanilla Enterprise goes for 1199$/month :o 

    Hoooh-ly cow that is an outrageous price.
  • James Puckett
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    $1,199 a month is pretty expensive. But it probably makes sense for big companies running their user support as a busy forum.
  • Roel Nieskens
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    Are many of Vanilla's paid services used by Typedrawers? I'm sure you folks thought about this already, but since it's open source it could be ran on an own server (including HTTPS through Let's Encrypt, DDoS protection through Cloudflare). If Vanilla allows you to export the current data it could be imported.

    Of course you'd need someone to set this up and do the maintenance, so you're just shifting tech responsibility to a different party. But dang, even for half of $1199 a month  I'm sure you can find a very capable person/party for that.
  • Shahab Siavash
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    Are many of Vanilla's paid services used by Typedrawers? I'm sure you folks thought about this already, but since it's open source it could be ran on an own server (including HTTPS through Let's Encrypt, DDoS protection through Cloudflare). If Vanilla allows you to export the current data it could be imported.

    Of course you'd need someone to set this up and do the maintenance, so you're just shifting tech responsibility to a different party. But dang, even for half of $1199 a month  I'm sure you can find a very capable person/party for that.
    Actually I agree. Cloudflare could do a lot more than just HTTPS including DDoS, caching, performance,... and the basic plan is free.

    Vanilla's prices are strange comparing the product, in my opinion. 
  • Jens Kutilek
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    Typedrawers is grandfathered in on a plan that hasn’t been offered in years and costs about ten times less than the corporate plan.
    So something around $60? Hard to set up your own server and maintain it properly for that price.
  • Roel Nieskens
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    If the old plan gets HTTPS support, indeed. If they'd force you to "upgrade" to a modern plan, though...
  • James Puckett
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    Typedrawers is grandfathered in on a plan that hasn’t been offered in years and costs about ten times less than the corporate plan.
    So something around $60? Hard to set up your own server and maintain it properly for that price.
    AFAIK Typedrawers is still on the old $50 a month plan. 
  • James Puckett
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    Vanilla's prices are strange comparing the product, in my opinion. 
    Vanilla isn’t built for small sites like Typedrawers. It’s for big brands that use forums as marketing and tech support tools. For them the cost of Vanilla plans is immaterial. Typedrawers has been on Vanilla since they were a tiny tech startup, so they kindly let us hang around.
  • Shahab Siavash
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    Vanilla's prices are strange comparing the product, in my opinion. 
    Vanilla isn’t built for small sites like Typedrawers. It’s for big brands that use forums as marketing and tech support tools. For them the cost of Vanilla plans is immaterial. Typedrawers has been on Vanilla since they were a tiny tech startup, so they kindly let us hang around.
    It is actually very kind that they are doing this. I hope somehow the HTTPS thing gets resolved too :)