Ramblings of a Writer and Artist

Nature

Thar Be Dragons!

A month or so ago we were offered two bearded dragons, complete with vivariums. Their current owner had little time to care for them properly and although we have little spare room in our house, we agreed. They were being kept together inside one vivarium, separated by a mesh wall. This was because not both vivariums had suitable heating and lighting.

 

Apart from having little room to roam around, both are male beardies and were constantly displaying dominance and stressing each other out. Like most lizards, bearded dragons are solitary creatures and only approach others during breeding.

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Speed Up Your WordPress Site Part 2

Last week I talked about optimizing your images on your WordPress site to improve page loading times. In this post I will delve further into speeding up your site.

 

 

Firstly, we need to get a baseline of our current page loading speed. While there are extensions for Chrome that facilitate this, they only give you a broad load time and do not delve into the details of what may be slowing down your site.

 

 

For this we are going to visit a very useful site, GTMetrix.

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Speed Up Your WordPress Site Part 1

Speed is a very important consideration for visitors to your website. In the early days of the internet, web pages were tiny, reflecting the slower internet connections of the day.

 

As technology has marched on and increased our access speeds, websites have grown more complex and feature more media, resulting in much larger web pages to download. On the flip side of this, many visitors are using mobile devices to access the web and typically do not boast broadband speeds when out and about, so you must bear these visitors in mind too. Remember that Google’s algorithms favour faster loading sites and rank them higher.

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WordPress Security Part 2 – Hide Your Login and Admin Pages

Anybody who has used WordPress knows that the admin page can be found at /wp-admin and the login page is at /wp-login.

 

If a nefarious third party wants to hack your WordPress site and gain access to the back-end, these are their primary attack vectors.

 

To prevent this, it is advisable to hide these pages. Fortunately, with the help of a free plugin, it’s quite easy.

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WordPress Security Part 1 – SSL Certificates

SSL stands for Secure Socket Layers and it provides a method of encryption and an authentication protocol through security certificates. It not only protects your data from unauthorised access, but that of your site visitors. A secured website will use the https protocol in the URL with a locked padlock in all browsers.

 

If you click on the padlock your browser of choice should provide you with information regarding the certificate.

 

You not only want such a certificate, you NEED one. Google, scores websites with SSL certificates much higher than those without.

 

In this post I show you how to easily enable an SSL certificate on your WordPress site.

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Announcing Steemblogs.club

I have previously extolled the virtues of combining blogging on Steem with WordPress – making use of the Steempress plugin from @steempress.io.

 

Over the past nine months I have offered WordPress hosting for a reasonable $20 a year – payable in Steem or SBD – and I currently have 13 domains hosted.

 

During this time I have received no complaints about the service. Why get hosting when WordPress.com accounts are free? Simple, you cannot install plugins to free accounts and you have to pay $20 a month for a business account.

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