Expanding our reach has been our focus in this most recent CupertinoTimes update. We have been working hard finding more ways to grow our audience. As a result, we have a few announcements to share and hope you will visit us on these other platforms as well.
Changes and Updates
A few weeks ago we saw an “!” in our address bar instead of the URL prefix HTTP://. Clicking on this symbol revealed a caution that we were not expecting. A security warning stating that our site was not safe. This was alarming since we go to great lengths to keep our site safe. This warning was placed on our site by Google. After looking into this I have no objections as to why this was done, but rather how it was done which was a little heavy handed in my opinion. With no warning or details, we were left to scramble to find out why this happened and how to fix it. What this lead to was two difficult weeks for Cupertinotimes. We had outages and our site’s layout was trashed from time to time. But we finally sorted it out and resolved other issues at the same time.
New Host And SSL
Once of the major components of this Cupertinotimes update is that we moved the site to a new host, specifically BlueHost and so far so good. BlueHost is providing us with more flexibility, a better backup strategy, and better support than we had previously. Next was the heart of the problem that set us down this path and that was installing an SSL. Apparently, Google will no longer favor sites through rankings which are not visibly secure with an installed SSL (HTTPS://). They have good reasons to take this position and I agree with why they did this. A warning to sites that are not taking credit card info, etc. and some details on how to prepare for this change would have been a nice “do no evil” gesture.
Next, we are serving our site through CloudFlare who is providing us with an excellent CDN service that helps serve our pages globally by having our site on multiple servers throughout the globe. This speeds up page load time and provides redundancy so if one server goes down the site stays up and running. All of this has helped us improve site maintenance and optimization. There were some bumps in the road as you would have noticed if you visited us at certain times over the past two weeks. And we sincerely apologize for that. We want your visits here to be carefree and enjoyable.
We have also focused on expanding our reach as mentioned in the following paragraphs. As always, we appreciate your interest in CupertinoTimes and hope you find some benefit in our efforts to improve our site and expand our reach. We welcome your feedback and comments.
Listen To CupertinoTimes While On The Go
We are happy to announce that CupertinoTimes has been added to Ekko Voicecaster as an additional source of tech news. This is tech news you can listen to while on the go or whenever you want to give your eyes a break from the screen. We are proud to be in the company of 9-to-5 Mac, MacRumors, The Verge, and many more tech news outlets.
In Voicecaster, the latest articles from CupertinoTimes are now available in audio format. Voicecaster is the first and only, truly hands-free voice news player app for iOS. Click the Voicecaster link in our top menu to download the app from the Apple App Store.
Or click on the Voicecaster icon in the main menu.
Launch the app and choose the channels and categories of news you want to listen too. Find CupertinoTimes under the Technology topic in the app. As new content is posted, it will be available in the Ekko Voicecaster app. Just swipe down in the channel you’re in to refresh the list of articles.
Check out this short demo:
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