Driving around Tucson, Arizona

Installing GoDaddy SSL Certificates on Media Temple DV Plesk

Eat.Sleep.Work. has been a GoDaddy customer since…who knows, like 12 years now. Coincidentally, we’ve been hosting with Media Temple since 2007; and recently GoDaddy has acquired the Culver City based hosting company.

I just installed a SSL certificate for a client of ours and had a bit of trouble finding the right documentation to install it from GoDaddy into our Media Temple VPS’ Plesk control panel. It took some digging: An hour of my time, 3 or 4 Google searches later and 5 or 6 tabs open in Google Chrome. This should have taken 15 min.

Purchase the SSL Certificate

So…started at GoDaddy.com and clicked on Web Security, then SSL Certificate. I purchased the ‘Protect One Website’ option. After adding it to my cart, I decided to go ‘balls out’ and purchase the holy grail of SSL Certificates, the Premium SSL EV. Cue the Ooos and Ahhs.

After going through the checkout process, I get this page:

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Exciting right? Clicking on this button takes me to:

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Note: I got a little freaked out after I made my purchase and this SSL Certificate section was blank. Give it a couple minutes and it’ll auto-refresh. Also, you’ll see that I have 2 SSL Certificates. That’s because I bought the Premium SSL and the Standard SSL comes included.

Get the CSR

Click on Manage and you’ll see the Certificate Setup page:

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It’s time to head over to your Plesk control panel now. I’ve already got my website hosted at Media Temple so I don’t need to set anything up. If you have a new domain you’re setting up, go to the Account Center and add your domain. And that domain is required to be added in Plesk also. This pertains to the DV accounts. It’s probably a little different for Grid.

Assuming your website is already set up and you have a functional website hosted in your DV hosting account. Go to your website’s hosting control panel in Plesk. You should be on a page that looks like this:

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Click on Show More; then click on Secure Your Sites.

You’re taken to the SSL Certificates page. Click on ‘Add SSL Certificate‘.

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Fill out the form with your company info and click on ‘Request’.add-ssl-plesk-csr

Now you’re shot back to the page you were just at. You’ll see C and A are greyed out. That’s OK for now. You’ll need to send over your CSR, which is basically a verification that this is the domain you want the SSL applied.

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You’ll take the CSR back to GoDaddy to connect your request. Click on the name of the account and on the next page, scroll down a bit until you see CSR. Copy (Ctrl+C) from and to:

-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE REQUEST-----
blah blah blah
blah blah blah
-----END CERTIFICATE REQUEST-----

Go back to the GoDaddy Certificate Setup page and paste (Ctrl+V) into the textarea box and click on Next. Just as insurance, if you’re not the main contact on for the SSL certificate, you’re gonna want to set up an email address that you can access like admin@domainname.com or hostmaster@domainname.com; whichever works.

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After pasting the CSR, click on Submit. If you got the Premium, you’re going to need to fill in more company info. Click on Finished.

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Now we wait until the status has been verified.

Installing the SSL Certificate

From here, I followed the instructions from Media Temple Community. I’ll jot down my exact process so you don’t have to jump back and forth from tabs. And if you find the article on GoDaddy’s website titled: INSTALLING AN SSL CERTIFICATE IN PARALLELS PLESK PANEL – avoid it. It’s more confusing after reading it.

If you’ve ordered the Premium version, verification takes much longer than setting up the Standard version. The Premium version requires you to send GoDaddy business information to verify that your business is legit and for reals. The total time to get that done is somewhere in the 2-3 week zone.

Once you get an email from GoDaddy verifying you, click on the link and you’ll get shot over to this page:

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I’m on Apache; you can choose whichever your website is hosted on. Select the Server type and download the zip. You’ll have 2 files in the zip file. One is the Certificate and the other is the CA Certificate. The one named ‘gd_bundle-g2-g1.crt‘ is the CA Certificate.

You have two options. Upload the files to Plesk or open them up in TextEdit or Notepad and paste them into the textarea boxes. Whichever works just fine.

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Send those files over into Plesk and you have just 2 more steps!

Go back to ‘Website & Domains‘ and click on ‘Hosting Settings‘.

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Check the box for ‘SSL support‘ and select from the drop-down menu the SSL Certificate you just added.

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Scroll down a bit and click on OK.

Screenshot 2016-02-05 15.49.55Last and final step, restart Plesk. It can be found on the left sidebar under ‘Server Management‘, then ‘Tools and Settings‘. Find the link ‘Restart Server‘. Click it and voila! Look at the beautiful glowing green lock!

If you continue to have issues with getting the Green Lock to display; either it looks like https or the https is greyed out, head over to Why No Padlock and debug your site for any calls to a http object or something.

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Additional Reading

  1. How To Protect your Server Against the POODLE SSLv3 Vulnerability

  2. SSL v3 goes to the dogs – POODLE kills off protocol

    https://scotthelme.co.uk/sslv3-goes-to-the-dogs-poodle-kills-off-protocol/

  3. https://blog.nraboy.com/2014/12/force-https-pages-wordpress-site/

Downtown Tucson, Arizona

Hey dudes. I’m documenting my first month in Tucson here cuz I know you’re all curious what I’ve been up to and REALLY REALLY miss me! Even though Chrissie and Chimmy are the only ones who will read this.

This is Jan. 7th BTW. After a few days working from home, the temptation of the all-addictive Netflix was too overwhelming, I headed south to downtown Tucson to work at Connect Coworking on 5th Av. I’ve been to the Hotel Congress at night once for drinks, so this was my first trip to downtown during the day.

This hotel is pretty much the heart of downtown Tucson, AZ - and probably the oldest building next to the Rialto Theatre.

This hotel is pretty much the heart of downtown Tucson, AZ – and probably the oldest building next to the Rialto Theatre.

Just down the street from the hotel on Congress is a handful of cool shops like HUB Ice Cream Factory...next door, there's a Undefeated-like "hip hop" sneaker shop opening up called Rival Sneakers.

Just down the street from the hotel on Congress is a handful of cool shops like HUB Ice Cream Factory…next door, there’s a Undefeated-like “hip hop” sneaker shop opening up called Rival Sneakers.

View down Congress St. in front of HUB Ice Cream Factory

View down Congress St. in front of HUB Ice Cream Factory

Here's the Rialto Theatre - directly across the street from Hotel Congress. Famous for Marilyn Manson performing with his back turned to the audience.

Here’s the Rialto Theatre – directly across the street from Hotel Congress. Famous for Marilyn Manson performing with his back turned to the audience. Turns out the crowd was heckling him, blarg.

View down Toole and Congress

View down Toole and Congress. I think that building down there is Maynard’s Market and the Amtrak Station.

...uh. I think this is the side of Hotel Congress.

…Maynard’s is just adjacent to Hotel Congress.

And there's this bar that I haven't checked out in an alley next to the Rialto Theatre.

And there’s this bar that I haven’t checked out in an alley next to the Rialto Theatre.

Around 4pm, I headed out….and it started to rain. Hard.

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Heading out, you’ll catch some pretty gnarly murals.

As I’m leaving downtown, I need to exit via this crazy tunnel that dips down like 15 ft. I think this dip is made to avoid flooding on the streets due to the intense monsoon season that comes around during the summers.

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Flood!

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4-wheel drive action!

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I need to know who painted this.

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Out of downtown and back onto Oracle, which is highway 77, I catch a glimpse of a snow plow…which by the way, when I was behind it, it left a baby crack on my windshield! Grr.

And check out these next few pics. Snow in Tucson?!?! Is this a thing?

This is pretty much where the house is - shot at the corner of Oracle and Ina Rd.

This is pretty much where the house is – shot at the corner of Oracle and Ina Rd.

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Carillon Tower at Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls, Canada

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Carillon Tower at Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls, Canada

I especially love to find postcards of locations that are still standing; and it’s always a bonus to find a photo from the same angle. On top, we see the photo taken before 1960. And below, we see the same shot from 2013.

Carillon Tower, Circa 2013 (Source: Wikipedia)

Carillon Tower, Circa 2013 (Source: Wikipedia)

Back of Postcard

Back of Postcard

Noyo Harbor, Fort Bragg, California

Noyo Harbor, Fort Bragg, California
Noyo Harbor, Fort Bragg, California

Noyo Harbor, Fort Bragg, California

Here’s a postcard by Natural Color by Mike Roberts (Berkeley, California). The back of postcard caption is:

NOYO HARBOR

Fort Bragg, California

Fishing is one of the main industries of the Fort Bragg area. The commercial fisherman as well as the sportsman make Noyo Harbor their headquarters for Pacific Ocean fishing. These picturesque boats find shelter in this river harbor.

The date of this photograph is unknown, but is approximately in the 1960s. The source of this date is from searching for postcards on Ebay and finding other postcards of Fort Bragg by Mike Roberts during this time.

Back of Postcard

Back of Postcard

Fisherman’s Terminal, Seattle, Washington

Photo by Hal Porter

Photo by Hal Porter

Originally published by Hal Porter Photos, 5407 So. Alaska St. Seattle 18, Washington. The exact date of the photo is unknown; it’s approximate date is sometime in the 1960’s. It is known that Hal Porter was planning to retire in 1969. I was able to find a classified ad that posted:

AERIAL, INDUSTRIAL & ARCHITECTURAL PHOTO STUDIO Full photo lab In beautiful furnished home on Lake Washington. Includes good color post card business. Established, profitable, growing. Owner retiring. Write Hal Porter Photos, 5407 S. Alaska St., Seattle, Washington

The date of this newspaper ad was April 18, 1969 (Daily Telegram from Eau Claire, Wisconsin)*

On the back of the postcard, the caption says:


 

The Wharf

Fisherman’s Terminal, Seattle, Washington

Phone AT-3-6600

Pleasant Dining while viewing the Northwest’s largest Fishing Fleet. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Cocktails in the “Moby Dick” or “Mermaid Room”. Organ Music Nightly.


Grindelwald, Switzerland

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Photo by Thor E. Gyger

A postcard featuring Grindelwald, a village in Bern, Switzerland. Printed by Gyger, Adelboden in Switzerland. The photographer is Thor E. Gyger, of the photo studio, Gyger & Klopfenstein (1930-1951). He’s well known for his floral photography. I’m not certain of the year this was printed, but I’m guessing it’s in the 1940’s when he seemed to be most active. Here’s a link to a Pinterest gallery of his floral works.

On the back of the photo, it is printed “Grindelwald: am Weg zur Gletscherschlucht Fiescherwand”; which translates to “Grindelwald: On the way to Glacier Gorge (Gletscherschlucht), Fiescherwand (The north face of the mountain, Gross Fiescherhorn)”.

Some interesting fun facts about the village of Grindelwald (Source: Wikipedia):

  1. Has a population of 3,768 as of December 2013
  2. Grindelwald’s mountains were used as the basis for the view of Alderaan in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
  3. The James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service includes a chase through a skating rink and Christmas festival in Grindelwald.
  4. Grindelwald was first mentioned in 1146 as Grindelwalt.