I came back here to edit my post as I was going to erase my SSL inquiry as after some googling I was able to find the table in sql, edit it manually turn SSL off and fix the issue. I then got a cert from my hosting provider, turned it back and and now SSL works Thank you none the less.
As for last posts, well technically it does do what it says LOL. My issue is most of my users (and myself) are used to the feature bringing them to the new post in the full thread so they can see the post in context. Is that something that I have control over or is that simply a coding issue I would have to address that way?
Thank you again for your valuable time!