Category: General

WordPress maintenance

WordPress is very popular. Some stats say 25% of all websites are made with WordPress. Popularity comes at a price. Security is more important than ever. To refresh my knowledge, I am working my way thru this Udemy course on WordPress maintenance.

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Useful check list for your new WordPress site

I found this list of useful tips on launching a WordPress site: Don’t Launch a WordPress Site Before You Go Through This Checklist https://t.co/1jYcZV1yVH too late, already launched — Panchenga (@nchenga) March 27, 2016 Things to watch out for are: fast hosting search-engine optimized theme WordPress is working on a new codebase: The new WordPress.com […]

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WordPress-y clean-up

I just deleted over 20 WordPress themes that had accumulated in my wp-content folder. Feeling de-cluttered. I’ve kept Syntax and Underline. I’ve also been unlinking tonnes of broken links. Next, I need to figure out why comments are not getting thru. BTW, there’s a WordPress conf in Zurigo on 19 September. I’ve been using WordPress […]

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What will an SEO audit be like in 10 years?

A couple of months ago, I went thru an SEO audit. I wanted to write a blog post to reflect on what I learned. This is my feeble attempt to collect my thoughts and jot down some notes. Where available, I’ve tried to list my source links. What is an SEO audit? In an audit, […]

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#POSSE: A clickable demo of my simple #indieweb blog

Here’s a simple example how you can publish your content on your own site and syndicate elsewhere (POSSE): I posted a boring flower snapshot into my self-hosted WordPress (WP) blog. WP posted the entry to Twitter using WP plugins Hum and Publicize One of my Twitter followers replied to my tweet. Using Webmention, the tweet […]

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Responsive web design and low and expensive bandwidth

Some time ago, the Malawi daily newspaper, The Nation, released a new web design. More recently Nyasa Times updated their web design. In both cases, it’s an improvement. And from my current home base here in Switzerland, both sites load promptly. From family in Malawi I hear that the loading times for both sites have […]

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Successful blogging?

I love reading list articles. Here’s one that appeared on my radar today: 6 Pillars of a Successful Blog And just for fun, I’ll run thru the list and assess my own private blogging chez moi. So let’s get started… Purpose/Message/Mission This is a private blog. The main purpose is to learn and reflect. It’s […]

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Moving from Google Reader to WordPress.com

Even though Google Reader showed up prominently in yesterday’s SERPs for “best free RSS reader”, someone at Google has decided to end the product life of Google Reader. It’s time to move on to a new RSS reader. Several RSS readers managed to survive despite Google Reader’s dominance. And some new ones emerged. These tools […]

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Upgraded to WordPress 3.5

Heh, i’ve upgraded to WordPress 3.5. All is well. WordPress is getting old. So far without any major hassles. Unlike Twitter. I learnt this week that I can no longer follow new people cos i crossed the magic threshold of 2000 on my work account. I read somewhere that 2013 will be the year of […]

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Building websites with Jekyll, Github Pages

This post has made me very curious. They use a different stack: Jekyll for page templates and static file generation HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files GitHub Pages static HTTP server Supplemented with external APIs where necessary I guess, you can convert WordPress to static HTML. I found this description. Looking a little further, there’s this […]

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Blogging isn’t dead (yet)

Heh, heh. Here is a “why you should blog” article from January 2012. Blogging isn’t dead (yet). I just spent hours trying to de-infest a Joomla 1.0 or 1.5 site from spam. And I am ready to leave PHP behind me forever.

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A Sunday evening in mid-November

Instead of watching Tatort, I went for a short jog combined with lots of walking. I am still not back in my jogging routine. Yet. But I am enjoying being outside. It was so beautifully warm today. And. It is a good way to reflect. Time for mind blogging. I like being outdoors. I really […]

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Auto upgrade from WP 3.0 to 3.0.1

For some reason I couldn’t auto upgrade from WordPress 3.0 to 3.0.1. I kept getting an error message. I decided to deactivate all plugins before starting the auto upgrade. È voilà. The install went thru. I still had the auto upgrade plugin installed from 2.7 installed. Maybe that was the problem? Or another plugin clashes […]

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Installed WordPress 3.0

Message from the Chiperoni admin: I just installed WordPress 3.0. Everything seems to be running smoothly. And I found a new minimal theme to try out: Carrington Text. Me and WP go back a long way.

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Twitter for the masses

I saw this retweet pointing to Jeremy Toeman’s article Will normal folks ever use Twitter?”. (By default that makes me un-normal….) He makes an excellent point which matches my own experience. Most people don’t see the added benefit of using Twitter. The uses are difficult to grasp. Especially since Twitter turned off the SMS service […]

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Auto-upgrading WordPress and the .htaccess file

A pattern I have observed in the past months: A couple of days after auto-upgrading WordPress, access to the WordPress blog is blocked. My non-programmer’s workaround is: Rename the .htaccess file on the WP level. The WordPress blog displays. Login and go to Settings > Permalinks and re-save settings, or copy old .htaccess file content […]

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WordPress Woes

I am having some problems with the .htaccess file on the WordPress level. I tried regenerating the permalinks. Hope that will help for a while. A couple of days ago there was a lonely s at the end of the file. Amakhala scared. And: I am seeing a lot of “MySQL server has gone away” […]

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Chiperoni goes Mobile (kind of)

As part of my ongoing research regarding internet access via low bandwidth connections, I saw App+frica displaying a mobile version at http://appfrica.net/blog/. I installed the same MobilePress plugin and activated it a few minutes ago. Based on the plugin description, it should detect if you’re accessing the website with a mobile device and display a […]

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UTF-8, Charsets and WordPress

It seems charset and UTF-8 issues are following me around. At the day job and here. I moved my blog from one install to the other. After importing the MySQL db, several characters were no longer displaying correctly. There are a number of plug-ins and descriptions: How to Convert Character Set and Collation of WordPress […]

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Social Media News Room

Cyberwiter posted the above tweet on using social media to enhance your company’s online news room. The article lists ways how to aggregate text, images, audio and video to make it useful for corporations and their target audience. Ein gutgemachter Social Media Newsroom ist essentiell für die Online-PR: Er … 1. eröffnet einen schnellen Zugang […]

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Broken WordPress Plugin Woes

Message from the admin: For a couple of days, the WordPress installation at Chiperoni was broken. The framework of the website was displaying but all content within a blog post or page had disappeared. I could see the content in the admin view. I finally found the culprit: version 1.01 of a plugin called Markdown […]

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