File under “don’t build your house on rented land”.
First, it was YouTube.
We are still replacing “dead” YouTube videos on our Zencart e-commerce site as we trip over them and as we migrate to a new site but
Regarding SiteGround AI security
Your Chat Transcript on 14/12/2019
Mitch Rezman: windycityparrot receiving following error intermittently Service Unavailable
The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later. Additionally, a 503 Service Unavailable error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request. Apache/2.4.29 (Unix) mod_hive/6.27 OpenSSL/1.0.1e-fips mod_fastcgi/2.4.6 Server at www.windycityparrot.com Port 443
Mitch Rezman: This question is related to account: birdandparrot.info
Mitch Rezman: sure – spike in core usage over the past 30 minutes
Lachezar U.: it could be as the site is loading fine on my end now – url:https://prnt.sc/qalk2c
Mitch Rezman: yes – buts crashing every 5 – 10 minutes and then recovering – I’ve had the site for 17 years – something is wrong – there was no traffic spike but there was a spike in core usage over the past 30 minutes – what would cause that?
Lachezar U.: that is strange, I do not find obvious reason for the spike, so let me post a ticket to our advanced techs for further investigation
Mitch Rezman: that would be great – I am waiting for my developer to mitigate a bot attack by installing Recaptcha – this is a zencart store (trying to move it to woo – https://www.screencast.com/t/q3aBaOe9
Lachezar U.: the ticket is just posted now and will be updated with more details in 15-20 minutes
Ticket 3380418 for account birdandparrot.info
Posted: 13 Dec, 2019 18:47 CST Status: Resolved
Ticket Subject: Technical Issues
Spoiler alert – The two “nails in the coffin” with respect to Elementor not being compatible with Woocommerce are:
Why you can’t use Elementor to create Woocommerce categories
From Elementor support
What the other support teams were saying is essentially right.
The plugin (Elementor pro) won’t recognize it as an endpoint because it isn’t actually an archive page generated by WooCommerce (or WordPress for blog posts).
The plugin searches for archive and single pages (whether blog or product) and adds them to the breadcrumbs.
Standalone pages aren’t added since that’s not a part of what the plugin looks for.
In order for this to be recognized, you’ll have to create actual categories in WooCommerce (since you’re working with products) and create a template to display these within Elementor and that will ensure that the pages get picked up but look the way you want them to at the same time.
In 2004 having taken the reins of IT duties for Windy City Parrot, I moved the website from a desktop server under Catherine’s desk to a server somewhere that I forget, but within a few months enough web hosts pissed me off until I ended up on a Wolfpaw server in Tenafly, New Jersey.
We’ve been in the cloud for 15 years.
In 2005 when our Milwaukee Street (Chicago) facility burned to the ground.
Had our website been on Catherine’s desktop server with all the local backup we would have lost the entire website and would’ve had to start from scratch.
With the site on a remote server we just needed new computers so we could talk to the Internet once again.
I thought some history of credit card processing would be a good base to build this post upon.
Going back as far as 9000 BC one could use cattle, camels and fish as currency.
You had to spend the fish fast.
Cowrie shells, gold and silver nuggets leading to Chinese deerskin notes and Native American wampum beads.
The Manhatten Wampum bead myth
“In the Dutch National Archives is the only known primary reference to the Manhattan sale: a letter written by Dutch merchant Pieter Schage on November 5, 1626, to directors of the West India Company, which was instrumental in the exploration and settlement of “New Netherland.” In the letter, he writes, “They have purchased the Island of Manhattes from the savages for the value of 60 guilders.” (There is a surviving deed for Manhattan and Long Island, but this was made well after this initial Manhattan purchase, when the Dutch had already been inhabiting the island for several decades.)
As far back as 5000 years ago Mesopotamians used clay tablets but found them to be impractical for their wallets and purses.
Melting down tons of copper was not a much better option as you needed a horse and cart full of copper to go shopping at the renaissance mall.
In the 19th century, merchants would use “credit coins” and “charge plates” to extend credit for local farmers and ranchers, providing credit until their crops and livestock were sold.
Growing up in the 20th century long before Internet, payments were primarily made in cash or with a paper check.
In1946 guy by the name of John Biggins, a banker created the”Charge-it” card.
Purchases were forwarded to Mr. Biggins bank who reimbursed the merchant and chased the customers for payments.
This was coined the “closed loop system.”
Five years later, New York’s Franklin National Bank issued its first charge card.
Charge cards like the Diners Club card and American Express emerged but banks found a gravy train with consumer cards providing revolving credit with Bank of America leading the charge <-pun, in 1958.
Franklin’s marketing plan was to mail out thousands of cards arbitrarily to folks in California.
In 1966 MasterCard was born out of a group of banks forming the Inter-Bank card Association (ITC)
Bringing us to “now,” the buffet of payment processing choices is large enough for a kings celebration.
- Credit Cards
- Mobile Payments
- Bank Transfers
- Prepaid Cards
- Direct Deposit
Cities are trying to ban cashless businesses
Good luck with that.
What’s even more remarkable is the exponential explosion of companies and methods for processing money online.
Here are a few that I found, I’m sure there are more
PayPal (237 million people have active PayPal accounts)
Visa checkout (20 million active customer accounts worldwide)
ACH (a U.S.-specific payment method) increased by more than 1 billion in 2017 for the third year in a row)
Ali Pay (China)
iDeal (the Netherlands)
Sofort (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain)
Boleto Bancaio (Brazil)
SEPA Direct Debit (500 million Europeans)
Begin Quicker Online Store Cash Flow And A QuickBooks Accounting Hack
Every article you’ll read and all the questions you see on LinkedIn about merchant processors sound like:
“What’s the best merchant processing rate I can find?”
“What are all those fees and will they keep me PCI DSS compliant?”
Editor’s note – We currently use PayPal exclusively online for credit card processing (and PayPal Express) which does not require PCI DSS compliance.
Full transparency, my only relationship with PayPal is as a customer.
PayPal Working Capital was formerly Bill Me Later.
We’ve been using PayPal for 14 years and currently have three active accounts we use for selling online.
Square is used for walk-in retail sales so we are able to separate Indiana cash and credit card sales for sales tax filing purposes.
Ironically 10% of all our online customers live in Illinois and now get a 10.25% discount from us as we are no longer collecting and paying sales tax in that state.
I wrote the following post in 2013 but never published it.
Six years later we are under the same precept.
Recently, we took it up farther than we ever should.
We moved our home and Windy City Parrot operations from the geographical center of Chicago to Lowell, Indiana a town of about 10,000 people surrounded by corn farms.
There’s only 5 stops light from one end of the main street (which we are on) to another.
We now have one lease instead of 2 and 4 fewer utility bills while eliminating 2 buildings to maintain.
Our State Farm vehicle insurance and business insurance dropped 50%.