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Activate SSL (HTTPS) for Blogger Custom Domains

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Blogger has enabled secure browsing of blogs which are hosted at a custom domain - i.e. not at blogspot.com.

As Google themselves say here:
It helps check that your visitors open the correct website and aren’t being redirected to a malicious site.It helps detect if an attacker tries to change any data sent from Blogger to the visitor.It adds security measures that make it harder for other people to listen to your visitors’ conversations, track their activities, or steal their information. Importantly, Google is taking steps to give priority to HTTPS websites in search results.
Furthermore, by July 2018, the Chrome browser will highlight HTTP websites as "Not Secure".

The change is quick and easy, and will not result in any downtime for your blog.  Existing links will continue to work, and can be automatically redirected to the secure pages.

Synology GitLab Backup and Restore

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GitLab has built-in backup and restore capability, but it is not immediately apparent how to use backup and restore on the Synology NAS installation of GitLab.  The following instructions may also be applicable for other Docker based GitLab installations.

This post will explain how to protect your data in the GitLab repository.  This is protecting against a catastrophic RAID failure, and also accidentally corrupting/destroying the repository.  Please ensure you have backups stored off-site, and ideally multiple versions of the backup data.

With any backup/restore procedures it is important that you are able to test/validate the ability to recover your data before you need to do so.

TIP: Check out my quick fix if you get the dreaded GitLab 502 error.