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Ian Clarke

Ian Clarke

Designer & Web Developer Joined over 4 years ago via an invitation from Allan G. Ian has invited David Wall, Ryan Tait

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  • Posted to Concept -> Design -> Build -> Launch (in 3 days), in reply to tim hicks , Apr 25, 2017

    They don't really offer explanations as to why they reject you (which I can understand given the amount of applications they get). But I do know, they prefer sites that are essentially blog that link out to products. For example if I had other pages on my site detailing how to decorate a child's room in a Space theme, and other things like that, then I might have been accepted. Plus I might have applied too early. Without driving a ton of traffic in reality they don't need my $200 a month I'd send their way.

    And I think they just dislike "catalogue" sites. Mine was curated, which at least offers some value, but I can see people abusing this and essentially rebuilding Amazon and linking out to them. It would weaken their brand.

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  • Posted to Concept -> Design -> Build -> Launch (in 3 days), Apr 24, 2017

    Well That was short lived. Amazon reviewed the site and won't allow me to be an affiliate :( Thankfully I didn't invest too much money into this website (about $20 total).

    But hey, you live and learn!

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  • Posted to Instagram Brand Guidelines, Apr 20, 2017

    To learn more make sure you click on the assets link. Much more detail hidden in there.

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  • Posted to Concept -> Design -> Build -> Launch (in 3 days), Apr 20, 2017

    SSL Update : It's finally fixed. What should really have been a simple fix proved to be a bit of a head scratcher.

    The problem... people were getting security errors on the site. Solution - Install LetsEncrypt Free SSL certificate

    Since I'm building this as cheap as possible I'm hosting it on Media Temples shared hosting. Their SSL certs are $70 a year. It was a one click solution but would eat away at the marginal profits, especially at the start. When following Media Temple's own guidelines on installing an SSL from LetsEncrypt I found myself way out of my depth in the land of Terminal, Home Brew, etc… To even generate a cert required a bunch of steps where I was essentially walking blind, just following onscreen instructions. One of MT's own commands caused me to get flagged when SSH'ed into my server, since I forgot to change a url in the command. In all it was adding up to a 2hr time sink that I'd have to repeat every 3 months. $70 was looking more and more like it would be leaving my bank account.

    Until I remembered Wordpress has a plugin for everything. As a developer I rarely rely on plugins unless used for special functionality. This was one of those occasions. Sure enough LetsEncrypt have a WP plugin. I installed it and a few clicks later my certs were generated. Easy as pie. Now to install them in Media Temple.

    In your account settings you can add an SSL to a domain. You have to manually copy in the Private Key, Cert and Chain. After grabbing the certs off the server using FPT I opened them in Sublime text and began copying and pasting in the text into MT's required fields. But no luck. I was getting errors that the Key was invalid. Totally frustrating. After a google search turned up that I might have to edit the text at the beginning and end of the Private Key to say something else I though I'd try that before pulling out my wallet. And lo and behold it worked. The SSL cert was accepted and installed. A silly 'gotcha' on Media Temple.

    Now I can finally get back to working on building the audience.

    Total Cost $0, but a whole lot of time.

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  • Posted to Concept -> Design -> Build -> Launch (in 3 days), Apr 19, 2017

    UPDATE: So I'm working on installing an SSL - Media Temple don't make it easy since they want you to buy a $70 a year one from them. Since I'm trying to make this as cost effective as possible I'll be going the painful manual route. LetEncrypt for the win (hopefully).

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  • Posted to Concept -> Design -> Build -> Launch (in 3 days), in reply to adrian io , Apr 19, 2017

    Thanks all. I can't replicate the SSL issue here on the mac but it's clearly an issue. For now I'm going to disable the Facebook like button as I suspect that's the issue.

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  • Posted to Concept -> Design -> Build -> Launch (in 3 days), in reply to Matt Rintoul , Apr 19, 2017

    I did a bit of research into this and it appears to be a Safari browser issue and not a website issue. Here's a link to learn more: http://osxdaily.com/2014/03/26/fix-safari-cant-verify-website-error/

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  • Posted to Concept -> Design -> Build -> Launch (in 3 days), in reply to Matt Rintoul , Apr 18, 2017

    hmmmm good to know. Cheers.

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  • Posted to Concept -> Design -> Build -> Launch (in 3 days), in reply to Jansen Tolle , Apr 18, 2017

    We're not doing any of the credit card processing. Amazon and Etsy will handle all of that … but probably still a good idea to get one. Cheers.

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  • Posted to Narita Boy - The retro futuristic pixel game, Mar 24, 2017

    Soundtrack is awesome.

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