Last June a friend turned over a WordPress website to me. It had content I wanted to save but the site was acting up: I could get into the admin section, but the site itself would not load posts or pages for visitors.
A couple years ago I set up a WordPress site for a client, and must have been experiencing some sort of brain freeze: I used the bare domain name in the Settings page of the admin section instead of including “www”.
It does make the URL shorter (and this domain name was on the long side), but the downside is that some CDNs do not function as well with “naked” domain names as opposed to fully-qualified domain names (FQDN), which is what you get when you have “www” in a normal URL.
Recently, WP Engine added free SSL certificates to all sites. After enabling it for this site, I realized that not only did I have to fix internal links that still referred to the http version of the site, I should really fix the URL issue.
So you change themes and the header image needs to be a different size. You upload the resized image, and then you realize something: In the new size, the layout of the graphic elements should be different.
After you set up your account with CloudFlare, add your WordPress site, download the WordPress plug-in for Cloudflare and fill in the blanks on the set-up screen, and switch your DNS over to Cloudflare, you may notice that CloudFlare recommends one additional step: Whitelisting CloudFlare IP addresses. Continue reading “Whitelisting CloudFlare”
Today WordPress advances into its teenage years by turning 13 years old. Back in 2003, Matt Mullenweg created WordPress and it became a simple publishing tool to inspire the writer in everyone. Since then, we’ve seen WordPress evolve from its baby steps as a simple, open-source blogging platform to a full-fledged development tool for robust websites. Let us celebrate WordPress…
I’ve been really happy with the speed at which my self-hosted WordPress site runs on Digital Ocean. But when I saw the announcement on WP Tavern of a new one-click Simple Cache plug-in, I had to give it a try (“A New One-Click Install Caching Plugin for WordPress,” April 14, 2016). I guess it’s a sickness. Continue reading “Fast made faster”
WordPress has many wonderful features, but out-of-the-box speed isn’t among them. Compared to a “normal” static HTML site, self-hosting WordPress on a typical inexpensive hosting site such as Bluehost, Namecheap, A2 Hosting, etc., sometimes can leave you wondering if your pages are ever going to load. Continue reading “How to get your WordPress site to run blazing fast in one step”