One of our readers suggested on twitter yesterday that we release a file of our settings for w3 Total Cache. Here’s the thing: I am NO expert on these things. I’m just beginning to experiment with caching. Up until recently I was on Godaddy, and Godaddy does not play nice with cache plugins… or a lot of things I discovered. Anyway, let’s take a look:
I just completed my first ever hosting switch from GoDaddy to Bluehost. Aside from a couple of easy to fix errors, it went off without a hitch. Since I’d never done this before, I was pretty concerned. I wanted to do it a year ago, but wasn’t sure I could handle it. Now I’m mad I didn’t do it sooner. The process is a little time consuming, but it isn’t hard. I’m going to try to recount how I did everything, and hopefully this can help you out!
After seeing a post about CloudFlare I decided to give it a go. I have VoodooPress and my personal site on it right now. If anyone runs into any issue (error messages, overzealous blocking, etc) I would love to hear about them in the comments or forums. I’m always looking for ways to speed things up, but not at the expense of making things harder for my readers.
Over on my personal blog, www.RVoodoo.com I ran into quite a problem. I use feedwordpress to bring in Colorado Avalanche news as a Custom Post Type for people to keep up on the only hockey news that really matters. Something went wrong and I had over 25000 of the same post show up. Have you ever tried to delete 25000 posts? It’s nearly impossible to fix. Let’s take a look at what I tried and ultimately how I was able to fix that!
I’ve never made a plugin before. I really never thought I had a need. But recently I changed my way of thinking. So I decided to learn how to make a plugin to display my followers, fans and subscribers in a widget. Now this widget is about as basic as possible. But it’s a starting point. I learned something, and maybe you can too! Let’s take a look at the why and how.
I have taken a liking lately to Yoast’s SEO plugin. So far, it just plain works. Now I am not the type of guy to worry too much about this stuff. I apply little tweaks here and there and maybe it helps. But the plugin offers a lot of things I like, like bread crumbs, and easy access to my .htaccess file, and robots.txt. Only a few things have to change to enjoy this plugin. Let’s dig in to this.
I just finished a small overhaul of the twentyten theme, using my child theme. Just a few things I wanted changed to start with. So the next articles I write will cover all of that. How to do some real basic customizing. We’ll change the header size, add a background to widgets, widen the theme, etc. But the first thing I did, which is something I always do with my themes is to boot WordPress’ JQuery library in favour of Google’s. Here’s the how and why.