Running Discourse over HTTPS

So I recently started running WPChat over HTTPS. This will basically serve as a noob version of the documentation already provided in the allowing SSL for your Discourse Docker setup guide by Discourse co-founder, Sam Saffron.

Not even Discourse supports non-Docker installs anymore, so I won’t either. If you installed Discourse a long time ago without Docker, get up to speed. As I covered in my WPChat launch post, I’ve already done this.

Luckily, Discourse already has a lot of HTTPS features already baked in. It’s just a matter of you enabling it.

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The Relaunch of WPChat, powered by Discourse

WPChat was a website I started a while ago to discuss WordPress topics in a live chatroom.

After testing a few “plugins” for live chats within WordPress, it eventually turned into a page with an embedded iframe to a freenode IRC channel.

This is what it looked like:


It was pretty popular among a good chunk of people in the WordPress community, but has been relatively dormant for a few years now.

I’ve decided to relaunch the site, using Discourse as a platform. Whether it catches on or not is anybody’s guess, but I did learn a thing or too in the install process.

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Six Years Of Theme Lab

I once said, that I’d never sell Theme Lab unless I received an offer so good that it would be dumb for me to turn it down.

Now that the cat is out of the bag, I can confidently say I stayed true to that statement.

It was difficult to let it go, that’s for sure. I often described Theme Lab as my “baby” …as weird as that sounds, I couldn’t think of a better way to describe what it meant to me.

I started it when I was still in high school. I’m now a college graduate, doing real world stuff now. It’s been a while.

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How To Unsuck Your Brand New Windows 8 Laptop

Laugh all you want, but I’ve always been a Windows guy, and for the past six years I’ve used a Windows Vista laptop for 100% of my web development work. This weekend, I bought a brand new Windows 8 laptop.

It was a cheap one. An HP Pavilion, with tax, totaled up to less than $400 from Best Buy. I thought I had gotten a steal.

When I first unpacked it and started it up, I was shocked to realize that the internet was actually slower on this brand new laptop than my six-year-old one. I’m talking about cripplingly slow. I could’ve probably dusted off my old Windows 98 box, connected to an old-school dialup account from AOL (apparently they still do that) and it would’ve been faster.

With some Windows update magic, I’m writing this from my new laptop with a respectable 10 MBPS download speed. What follows are my step by step instructions on how I “unsucked” it:

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I’m Selling on Flippa

Like the title suggests, I’m selling the domain, which is obviously a killer niche app domain name. This is just a quick post to let you know that it is currently for sale on Flippa.

There’s just so much you can do with the domain, but here’s a few ideas:

  • Make some really useful/awesome fitness apps for iOS, Android, and/or the web
  • Charge like 99 cents each, or have in-app-purchases for “workout plans” and the like
  • Make free versions with ads. Make your first million. And repeat. Again.

I’m using a similar monetization strategy for my iPhone games at Astro Bro. It’s a winning one.

and it comes with bonuses (like the full rights and source code to a bunch of already-made fitness apps). You can get more information on that at the quick landing page I set up on the Fitness Apps site.

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