Monday, April 29, 2013

Goodsie vs 3DCart

I've been running my ecommerce store - www.simplyrangebags.com - off 3DCart for about a year or so. Overall I was quite pleased with their service and offering, then I discovered they wouldn't support Braintree for payment processing. That was a bum deal.

So I started to look around for another cart and came across Goodsie.com. Did a 60 day trial and was quite impressed with their offering for hosted ecommerce. To me they're like a young Shopify and that's a good thing!

Needless to say I switched over this month and am excited to showcase my revamped store as www.simplygunbags.com. I changed the name because I'm now carrying more than just range bags. There's a solid need for sites that sell women's conceal carry bags, etc so I feel a general name change was in order.

I'm excited to see how 2013 will turn out for the store!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

SimplyRangeBags.com

I've been 'dabbling' in ecommerce going on 7-8 years now (not counting eBay stuff). I've always enjoyed ecommerce and how you can have a site up and sell products 24x7x365 to people all over the world. It's pretty awesome.

Anyways, earlier this year I launched my newest venture - www.simplyrangebags.com. As a gun enthusiast I've enjoyed shooting but every time I've gone out I've thrown my gear into whatever bag I could find. That's not a good thing especially when you've spent a lot of money on a good gun! So on doing some local shopping and 'net shopping I discovered an unmet niche of a site that focuses on selling nothing but range bags.

That's where SimplyRangeBags.com steps in. :) I carry a good bit of product I sell and it's been a lot of fun growing the business this past year. For 2013 I have a number of goals to grow the business and move it more from a hobby store to a nice passive income generator.

I also created a Facebook business page to delve into the fast growing 'Social Commerce' arena. Love to get some more Likes for sure so stop by there and say hello as well.

If you're looking for a nice range bag to carry your gear in then come visit my site and make a purchase or two! I'd love to help you stay safe and carry safe when shooting!




Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Running Wildcard Self-Signed SSL Certs on IIS 7.5.

Ran across this issue the other day when trying to get multiple local sites running in IIS with self-signed certificates: You can only have 1 site bound to the IP address of the server. So if you only have 1 IP address on that server you can only have 1 Self-Signed Cert running.

BUT there is a way to get multiple SSL sites running off a wildcard Self-Signed Cert though. Follow the steps listed on this site:

http://www.sslshopper.com/article-ssl-host-headers-in-iis-7.html

But you will need the old SelfSSL.exe and not the one that comes with IIS 7/7.5. Get it here -

Scroll to the bottom and read where you can get it. I've also linked it directly for convenience (if it changes it could break though).

http://www.robbagby.com/iis/self-signed-certificates-on-iis-7-the-easy-way-and-the-most-effective-way/

I was able to get multiple sites running with the wildcard SSL and using host headers for the sites.

Pretty slick.


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Creating a Multi-Player Server for Terraria (v 1.0.3)

With the new version of Terraria you can now run a dedicated server and use a server configuration file to automatically load the world you want, password, number of players, etc. Here's how to do it since the included instructions aren't that helpful.

1. Navigate to your Terraria folder which if you are on Windows 7 is probably here --> C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\terraria\
2. Edit the serverconfig.txt file with the options you'd like it to load. The file has some sample entries to help you set the options you'd like to have start when the server fires up. Save the file with the same name.
3. Create a shortcut on your desktop or taskbar and append this information to the end so that it looks like this --> "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\terraria\TerrariaServer.exe" -config serverconfig.txt
4. Run the short-cut and voila! In a few seconds you'll have a MP server up and running!
5. Don't close the window (looks like a DOS window) as it will kill your server. You can minimize it though.

Ah, what about the port you say? That's fairly easy to fix as well. Navigate to your firewall/router admin page and Port Forward the port you set in the config file (by default it's port 7777). To test to see if your port is open you can use this site - http://canyouseeme.org/ - and it will verify if you've opened up the right port or not.

To make things easier setup a Dynamic DNS entry (I use DynDNS.org) that will map to your IP address. This will keep server management easier as you won't have to remember the IP address all the time (especially if it changes a lot).

Good luck and have fun! Terraria is a blast on multi-player.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Christian College Scholarships blog is now live!

A project that a friend and I have been working on is now live -- ChristianCollegeScholarships.info. We've seen the need for a good information resource for Christian high school students that are looking to attend college and find the right financial aid.

So check it out and let us know what you think! Content will be growing!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

My 1st Open Source Code.

Well, I have released my 1st open sourced code. It's a jQuery tool that I developed for a Q/A form. For all the seasoned developers out there they will probably not be impressed but I'm excited because it's something I've never done before and wanted to give back.

So check it out and improve it!

https://bitbucket.org/allenv/jquery-based-q-a-form-template/

Thursday, August 26, 2010

South Carolina Gun Enthusiast Forums!

I've always been a fan of firearms ever since I was a kid. Recently I've been doing a lot of research into buying a new handgun as I recently gave my dad his Makarov back (it was on loan for the last 15 years while they were overseas).

While doing my research I came across a number of nice community forums but didn't find anything that related to us South Carolina folks. That sparked the idea so I ran with it and the result is -

www.scguntalk.com

It's a community forum for firearm enthusiasts that live, work, play, and shoot in South Carolina. It's pretty sparse right now cause I've not done any marketing. Hopefully as word gets out it will garner some traffic and solid information.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

~Allen