Happy Valentine’s day! 🙂 Hope most of you are getting cozy with your partner, hope you did not forget the special day! Myself I’m working on my site, as usual. I’m still learning the ropes with the new system I have here.
When I first opened this site I only had PayPal for a merchant account. Then I figured out how to get and install a SSL certificate, which is what you get to have secure payment pages. That way I could have a real credit card merchant processor right on my own site here.
Many people these days are leery of who gets to see their credit card info, and rightly so. It makes customers feel safer when they checkout right on the same site they are on, not redirected to a different site for checkout.
So I made the whole site secure, every page. However that leads to some glitches, like the browser warning you that the page has mixed content if I don’t set it up right. You only need secure pages on the “my account” and checkout pages where you put in your information.
So I reconfigured my site here so that it is now a “normal” site with only those two pages I mentioned above being secure. If you look at your browser url bar right now you will see no padlock icon and the site starts with http.
But if you click on the “my account” link or put something in the cart and hit the “checkout” link, you will see there now is a padlock icon in the left side browser url bar and the site starts with https.
If you don’t have anything in the cart clicking the checkout link just takes you to the cart page, so you have to have something in your cart to see the changes.
That is how you know your on a secure checkout page, by seeing the padlock icon (normally green) in the left browser url bar and the site starting with https, NOT http. If you don’t see that on any site on the page your putting in your billing info, don’t do it!
So now my site works better, even put up a new biker patch logo as you can see in the top left of the site. I think it looks better than just text, great looking patch I used too huh!
You stay right on my site here when you checkout, unless you choose the PayPal option I have under the normal checkout button. So you can feel safe that your information is secure on a SSL encrypted connection.
I keep adding new patches each week, hope you like the newest ones I got, which you can see on the home page down toward the bottom. I’ve got some great new patches I’ll be adding very soon. Again happy Valentine’s day, don’t forget the little lady! 🙂