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Ramblin’ Dan’s Store On the Move

After a nice run in the cloud with Amazon Web Service (AWS), Ramblin’ Dan’s Store (RDS) is moving to a new host and new store software. The monthly fees, although low by cloud based standards, were a burden in the overhead costs. That’s the primary reason. Also the commercial based store software required a good bit of maintenance or at least the creators did their best to make it look that way.

The store did work well enough and the look of it was professional. The store is going back onto a shared server environment. With the low volume of RDS the difference in performance will not be evident.

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Terms and Conditions

I had a customer complain to me because I sent him his order with signature required. He was upset because he would have to go to the post office to sign for the parts. I can understand his dismay. It is a royal PITA when what you expect is to just have it arrive.

I had a terms and conditions page that said I would ship with this requirement whenever possible. But somewhere along the way of updates it got deleted. I don’t order from my own store so I wasn’t aware. He was the first person in many years to complain about the signature.

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Trouble In Paradise

My Ramblin’ Dan’s Store is hosted on the AWS cloud server. Paradise is sometimes imagined as somewhere up in the clouds.

My trouble was SSL certificate that encodes and decodes all communication between my store server and my customers had expired. I knew it was coming so I had purchased a new certificate well over a month ago. I thought I had installed it properly but I had not.

The store site stopped working and was warning everyone who looked at it that it was not secure and might be an impostor trying to fake out users. Serious wrong news. It even scared me!

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Monkey Wrench

This was a day to remember. I thought PayPal (PP) had thrown a monkey wrench into my ecommerce Ramblin’ Dan’s Store. PP actually did toss the wrench, but I was able to get it out of the gears before it did too much damage.

Here’s what went down. I opened a new PP account last fall when I changed my ecommerce store name from The Hobbyist Machine Store (THMS) to Ramblin’ Dan’s Store (RDS). What that did was remove eight years of excellent credit history from the PP record. Actually the old record is still there but attached to the old PP account.

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