What a year! SSL, GDRP, and now Gutenberg


First it was the SSL crisis.
A little less than a year ago, I got the news that Chrome was soon going to humiliate anybody whose website wasn’t served via SSL by showing visitors a scary warning icon. There followed a big effort on my part to get all my websites being served via HTTPS. In retrospect, I wish I had waited a little, because my poor substandard host company, Hostgator, had apparently just started offering SSL certificates. They didn’t know how to do it, and made a giant mess out of it, over a period of weeks. And they were charging $25/year/site for this terrible service.

Now, with a new and much better host (KnownHost) I get free AutoSSL with 1 click, which is all I need and awesome!

Then it was the GDRP crisis. As of a specific recent date, it was possible, at least, that a web developer could be held legally liable for a website which didn’t conform to a brand-new and very complex European law. I panicked early and did make sure that my sites which needed GDRP measures got them, once I figured out what those measures needed to be. It was all very vague and a little scary.

A few weeks after the deadline, web developers who had been immobilized and done nothing were sneering about how it had all been just “another Y2K”, which is pretty dumb, since the GDRP law is quite real and could very well affect web admins in other parts of the world.

And now there’s Gutenberg, the new WordPress drag-and-drop block editor which the WordPress powers that be are speeding towards including in the WordPress core. I was an early panic-adopter for this as well, though it’s turning out that there should be a built-in way to complete avoid the Gutenberg Editor “for many years to come”, according to somebody quoted by my friend Mad Dog yesterday. So I’ll be fine, but again, all the people who just ignored the whole thing are throwing shade on responsible persons like myself for having spent any time worrying about it.

What’s next? And next time should I play it cool and maybe save a lot of work? Or will the imagined emails from my clients yelling at me for not taking care of these things spur me into early action again? Stay tuned and we’ll see.

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