Free SSL Certificates 2016: Never Pay for An SSL Certificate Again

Hello fellow ecommerce developers, designers, owners, or managers!

We're proud to transition all recurring customer SSL certificates, and new customer SSL certificates, to AutoSSL or Let's Encrypt. AutoSSL is a new option in the latest version of cPanel, which you can read about on their AutoSSL blog announcement. AutoSSL on our Liquidweb powered servers now have a signed certificate from Globalsign, which is fully validated in all browsers and works wonderfully on many of our websites.  Soon, AutoSSL will support Let's Encrypt, which is another option for a free SSL certificate. Let's Encrypt is a free, automated, open certificate authority run for the public's benefit. The EFF, Cisco, Mozilla, and many other big names in the online technology space are involved with Let's Encrypt and many hosting companies are installing the option to one-click install free SSL's from Let's Encrypt by default on their customers cPanel/WHM.

Thanks for reading friends, and let us know if you need any assistance with setting up your free SSL for ecommerce websites. It's generally a painless process that takes less than 15 minutes to setup and less than 1 hour for it to be issued and working!

Remember to verify you have a fully secure padlock in your browser on all pages that take personal information and credit card details!! Check your browser console to see which files are loading insecurely, commonly we see images or third party scripts being the root cause of any broken ssl padlocks on checkouts.

How to Save Serious Time and Money with CLEP Exams

CLEP (College Level Examination Program) is one of the best solutions for shortening your college career while saving you tons of money.  From the CLEP website -

Developed by the College Board, the people behind AP and SAT, the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) has been the most widely trusted credit-by-examination program for over 40 years, accepted by 2,900 colleges and universities and administered in over 1,800 test centers.

Sounds intimidating?  Worried about wasting time or money studying for these crazy CLEP shortcuts?

As someone who has passed numerous clep tests, YOU CAN DO THIS!  Their is no quick way around actually knowing the material on these exams, but I can help point you towards all the helpful resources for achieve testing greatness!  I also highly recommend speaking with a guidance counselor at your current school or prospective school to ensure that you are taking the proper tests and path for success.  You can also check your schools accepted exams on the CLEP College Search website.

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests how well a person knows a college subject without them necessarily having previously taken the course online or otherwise. Many people are well read and/or have a lot of experience in a certain subject area that puts them on par or above a college student learning the subject for the first time.

The CLEP examination gives these unique individuals the chance to prove their mastery of the subject by writing an equivalent college-level examination similar to what a college student would sit for that particular subject.

Without a doubt, writing this exam can save a person thousands of dollars on tuition and related fees. Whether entering college for the first time or as a returning student, the CLEP examination saves both time and money for the student.

An interesting point of note is the fact that almost 3,000 universities and colleges accept CLEP test results. However, different colleges and universities have varying rules of acceptance of these results. Nonetheless, another advantage of these exams is the fact that courses associated with the first two years of college are included in the suite of subjects covered.

In breaking down the numbers it can be clearly seen that this translates to two years of tuition savings and two years of a person’s life that will not be spent doing introductory college courses in which they already have a strong understanding. That is likely over $20,000 in savings for the two years!

Educational Websites for an Accelerated Learning Program

Accelerated learning can now be achieved at home using online website services, most of which are free!  Create your own accelerated learning program targeting specific category and skill goals.  Are you studying for very broad CLEP or advancement tests?  Studying to increase your employ-ability?  Possibly you are simply looking to expand your general knowledge to beat your friends in Jeopardy?

The following website list will help guide you through the plethora of resources available online.  Choose and commit to an accelerated learning solution using your favorite choices.

  1. Khan Academy - A wonderful source of lessons on tons of college-level subjects.
  2. Quora - This questions and answers website uses the power of the crowd to source all of its content.  I've learned more in a few Quora questions than college-level classes.  The writers community has some of the most intelligent minds that I have ever encountered on the internet.
  3. Udacity
  4. Luminosity
  5. Scientific America
  6. TEDtalks
  7. Wired
  8. Academic Earth
  9. MIT OpenCourseWare
  10. Open Culture - Categorized courses from online universities

 

With my personal knowledge growth, I like to use the rule of 30, as in if you do something for 30 days it becomes a habit.  So, if you commit to an extensive regime of learning daily for 1 hour, and complete that 30 day mark, then accelerated learning will be easy by then!

Is Woocommerce the ultimate ecommerce solution for WordPress?

In my personal and professional opinion, yes!  I use WordPress almost everyday.  Throughout my career, I have used WordPress to create over 40 websites. It is the perfect compromise between seo structure, usability, and design capability. The plugins that are available for WordPress allow for easy integration of amazing functionality. Although, I have always been weary of plugins, as they are often developed by people with less than desirable coding practices. These poorly coded plugins can cause speed and/or security issues with your website. Today I will introduce you to one of the best plugins for WordPress, Woocommerce.  It has the speed and security to bring a fully functioning store to your WordPress website.

Woocommerce is an open source e-commerce plugin. You can literally go to woocommerce github and look at the change log and all the coding that makes woocommerce work. This allows for the core functionality to be improved via crowd sourced development, while at the same time encouraging developers to create a plethora of extensions to the plugin, along with some incredible themes.  Another awesome resource for Woocommerce is Woothemes.  Woothemes, which itself is structured on Woocommerce and WordPress, is a website/team of developers who consistently support Woocommerce with documentation, extensions (plugins), themes, and more!

Here's an awesome video introducing Woocommerce to the world -

 

Here is a screenshot of a live Woocommerce website settings page-

wordpress woocommerce settiings page

Looks intimidating, but trust me, it's easy and efficient once it's configured properly.

Are you considering starting an e-commerce website?  Do you have an e-commerce store that needs an upgrade to modern day web technologies?

We can help you assess your project and either build it for you, or coach you through it!  Contact us

Some Go Up, Some Go Down – Crowd Sourced Exploration

 

We’re talking about the future of exploration here.  Completely crowd-funded by people like you and me.  We’re talking about the only venue that could get you involved in a space venture or a journey to the depths of the ocean or both – at Kickstarter.com The first cool space project of this blog post is the SkyCube (I would have named it DeathStar 2)  This project is already over 50% backed with over 30 days to go!  My favorite part of this project is quoted from the bottom of their page..

SkyCube won’t just let you broadcast messages from space. It will also let you look back at the Earth from orbit. You can request images from the satellite using our smartphone or web app. SkyCube’s images will be transmitted to our ground stations when the satellite passes over them – and then forwarded to you across the internet. You might just see your entire state (or country!) in one image from space, or catch a sunrise from orbit.”

The second cool project is the ArduSat - Your Arduino Experiment in Space.

This Kickstarter has already been funded, with a whopping $106,330 pledged of for a $35,000 goal!  This group of awesome individuals are the first to introduce open source technology to space, and the nerd ate it up.  I’m sure they will get some amazing results from kickstarter backers’ experiments.

So what about the ocean?  The OpenROV’s got that on lock-down!  The Open Source Underwater Robot is already funded with $111,622 pledged of a $20,000 goal.  The New York Times said

It could change the future of ocean exploration.

I believe it!  This little robot packs an incredible concept.  They are selling the kit, but creating the community – the spark to light the fire for an underwater volcano of innovation.  The robot itself is nothing fancy, and has quite a few harsh limitations as far as depth and ability to survive the abuse of salt water.  My brother is a marine tech and he’ll be the first to tell you that electronics and salt water do not mix well.  Regardless of the physical technology, the OpenROV team is positioning the bot as a long term adventure, by putting the future of ocean exploring in the hands of the community.

Top 15+ Websites for Gaining Free Knowledge (and getting answers on almost anything)

We love free knowledge at KickinKnowledge.sharing knowledge

Please enjoy the list below and share it with your friends!

Quora.com – This is one of my favorite websites in the world.  It is a game-changer in the world of question and answer websites.  It allows for social voting – as in the answers to questions can be voted up or down in their ranking by the Quora community.

Google Books– I know, you know, but google really knows.  Check out the link to check out their advanced search.

Wikipedia.org – Not the most dependable as it is edited by sometimes heavily opinionated people.

Ted: Ideas worth spreading – Watch all the videos – no seriously – they will change your life

DuckDuckGo – A web search engine without the filter bubbles and privacy concerns.

Wolfram|Alpha – A Computational Knowledge Engine – Apple’s Siri uses it for many computations.

Twitter – The amount of content links and ability to search instantaneous results makes this a great knowledge source.

Best of the Web Blogs – The people themselves serve the knowledge here.  A great source for getting searching around some interesting blogs.

Google+ – Exploring around google+ can put you deep into the world of tech and content curated by the employees of google and their friends.

Youtube – Not just for funny dog and cat clips (although they are great) – a great resource for video tutorials and tips.

Joongle – Search through ten of the top websites with a unique interface.

Boardreader – Search through forums quickly – Forums are great for community backed solutions to problems.

Bing – Now including social results – Bing is really stepping its game up.

DocJax.com – Search through free documents and pdfs from all around the internets.

Google Scholar – Google’s database of scholarly work – including theses (plural of thesis – had to look that one up)

Reddit.com “Today I Learned” – Daily doses of random awesome knowledge.

Codecademy.org – Learn how to develop websites & more.  A great place to sharpen your skills or learn the basics.

Khan Academy – With a library of over 4,300 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, history, and more.

 

Looking for some knowledge to get you the skills to start your own online business like KickinKnowledge, FarmersMap, or MyRoundRobin?  Check out my friends at Treehouse.  I personally consider it much better than technical schools (Devry, ITT tech, etc)  –

Speed to the Top of the Ranks

This website www.kickinknowledge.com, which I have done quite a bit of optimizations for, averages a score of 90 out of 100 on Google Page Speed Rank. CNN.com only scores a 81 out of 100. Google and Facebook are two of the fastest at 99 out of 100. Google and other search engines use your website speed in calculating your rank in the search engine. With over 200 different ranking factors, it is a small piece of the pie but a piece of a very profitable pie. Website speed optimization is a very broad topic with some very nerdy internals. Compression and deferring of javascript, minifying of javascript and css, image compression, and many other proper configurations can boost a websites speed. It is also important to get the right hosting from a proper hosting service. I can help you choose the right server and configurations for your specific website needs. I can also fully optimize your website and help you out-rank your competitors by leaving them in the dust!

The Top 5 Free Resources to Help Speed up Your Website

SEOMoz wrote a great article that covers much more – 15 Tips to Speed Up Your Website