To CloudFlare or not CloudFlare

Direct Quote from CloudFlare: CloudFlare protects and accelerates any website online. Once your website is a part of the CloudFlare community, its web traffic is routed through our intelligent global network. We automatically optimize the delivery of your web pages so your visitors get the fastest page load times and best performance. We also block threats and limit abusive bots and crawlers from wasting your bandwidth and server resources. The result: CloudFlare-powered … [Read more...]

Search for best WordPress Hosting

We had been a happy customer of pair.com for many years. Its hosting service is premium-priced, but we had been happy to pay the premium for its reliable service and excellent tech support. Several recent events had forced us to look for a hosting elsewhere. The following is our search and experience for a best hosting company. It is a tiny list, it may help you if you happen to consider the following providers. Most of those companies offer money back guarantee, if you … [Read more...]

MaxCDN or Cloudfront

Among all CDN providers for WordPress blogs, MaxCDN and Amazon Cloudfront could be said among the top choices for many. Which one to choose? Your selection/decision would largely be based on traffic pattern of your site and your geographic preference. If your site is small but growing - use Cloudfront and don't waste your money on MaxCDN. If you want broad geographic presence such Asian presence, choose Cloudfront. If you want to use it on multiple sites, choose … [Read more...]

Password protects wp-admin directory

Password protects your wp-admin directory is one of recommended security measures to harden security-leaking WordPress websites. It is a very simple effective security measure but it also has potential to disrupt the rendering of the WordPress site because the security-mind-seriously-lacking developers (kind of reminding us the well-known company whose software indirectly created the billion dollar anti-virus industry) have insisted on calling some functions for regular … [Read more...]

No 3rd party javascript code in header

If you place third party javascript codes in your HTML head, you are effectively giving up control of site at the mercy of the third party. Your site will not load if the third party server is no-responsive or simply dead. With exception of Google, which you don't expect it to go offline (also you are required to do so), third party javascript codes should be in the footer. One of our sites once trial-tested a free theme which used a third party javascript … [Read more...]

Check your sitemap regularly

You may have installed a sitemap plugin long time ago and presumed it will be continuously working. Not so. To get best crawling results from search engines, be sure to check your sitemap.xml (whatever file you use) to spot any errors, especially memory allocation errors. I have been using XML & Google News Sitemap Feeds without any problems until recently. Several sites with this plugin started to experience memory problems. It did not help even with trying to … [Read more...]

How to turn Galaxy Nexus auto-sync on, a non WordPress related TIP

Galaxy Nexus

If you own a Galaxy Nexus, one day you may be very surprised to find out that your device has stopped syncing. You check your accounts, and no surprise, sync is off for all your accounts. There seems not to be an easy way to turn auto-sync on manually. Don't know when Google will fix it. This has happened to me twice. First time, I found the fix right way through Google, first page and top 5 results. Now thanks to Google ever-evolving algorithm to present you the … [Read more...]

Protect your wp-admin – WordPress admin security

Your WordPress admin account is a glowing target for crackers.  One suggested way to improve WordPress admin security is NOT to use admin as your admin username. If you are currently using admin as username, don't worry.  You can still change it. create a new hard-to-guess username Change it to admin Demote admin username to user or subscriber. Don't delete it, use it a decoy. Other things to consider Never use the admin account to post news or blogs - … [Read more...]

Remove post image link url

remove-url

For better post/page SEO, images in the post should not be clickable. You can manually select "none" for Link URL each time you upload an image into a post. But if you are not paying attention to the selection, you can accidentally add image link URL. To prevent this from happening, you can install "Remove Link URL" plugin to automatically select "none" This plugin removes the Link URL that is enabled by default when images are uploaded to your WordPress blog. There … [Read more...]