Stay Safe

We understand that we share a responsibility to protect our friends, families, and communities from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) threat. The health and safety of our STC members and friends is our top priority, and we want to make sure we do our part to help prevent the spread of this disease.

As we face concerns about the coronavirus outbreak and how to remain safe, we are here to support our communities in conducting fully virtual meetings until such time as in-person gatherings are once advised.

Virtual Meetings

In this difficult time, as technical communicators we are uniquely qualified to cope with the challenges of using technology to connect. We know many chapters have experience with virtual meetings, but for others we know that the number of tools for meeting online can be overwhelming. Most of our communities are using one of the tools below:

If you would like more information or help with planning a virtual program, please send us an email.

Introducing Erin Gallalee’s New Role

We are thrilled to announce that Erin Gallalee is the new Staff Liaison for our communities. Elaine Gilliam will continue to share her knowledge and experience. Erin has served as membership manager for many years.

Hello! For those I haven’t yet met, I’m Erin Gallalee! I bring 17 years or membership experience to STC having worked in membership with associations since 2003. I have been with STC since August of 2016 working as the Membership Manager, but recently was promoted to Director of Membership & Community Relations. I look forward to working with each of you to help support you as community leaders, and to work together to help grow and strengthen not only our membership but your chapter or SIG as well. If there is any way I can assist, or if you have questions or concerns, please contact me at or 571-366-1914.

Association Headquarters

In February, the STC Board of Directors and CEO announced a newly formed partnership with Association Headquarters (AH), an association management company. Association Headquarters is dedicated to helping STC and its members develop a strong identity and create awareness about the profession. 

You can read more on the STC Notebook.

HTTPS and Your Website

If your community is not running its using HTTPS instead of HTTP, you should consider the upgrade, especially if you are hosting your site through STC. The STC web host offers free HTTPS through a free SSL certificate system.

Generate a New SSL

  1. Sign in to your cPanel Account, which can be found at .
  2. Perform a search for the topic SSL.
  3. Click on the icon labeled, SSL/TLS Status.
  4. Click on the icon labeled, Run AutoSSL.
  5. Once you click on the icon an SSL certificate will be generated by LetsEncrypt.
    1. This step may take up to 15 minutes to complete.
    2. Once the process is complete you will see no errors in the certificate status.
  6. The path for this action is Cpanel > SSL/TLS status > Run autoSSL.

Activate HTTPS in WordPress

Once you have your SSL certificate, you must tell WordPress to use HTTPS when rendering your website.

  1. Sign into WordPress
  2. Navigate to Settings > General.
  3. In the WordPress Address (URL) field, change the URL to be https://.
  4. In the Site Address (URL) field, change the URL to be https://.
  5. Click Save Changes.

SSL Is Not AutoRenewing

Sometimes an SSL gets stuck when auto-renewing. In that situation, navigate to SSL/TLS and delete the keys. Then generate new SSL certificates in SSL/TLS Status as described above.

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