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When things break – Yet another look inside the workshop for a self-hosted blog

Jun 30th, 2011 | By
When things break – Yet another look inside the workshop for a self-hosted blog

You can classify blogs into categories using many different criteria. From a blog-administrator’s point of view, the main classification whether a blog is self-hosted on your own server (such as WordPress.org) or hosted by the blogging service itself (such as Blogger, Tumblr, Posterous, WordPress.com,…) Blogs hosted by the blogging service make you dependent on their (…)

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How to compress pictures with Picasa

Jun 16th, 2011 | By
How to compress pictures with Picasa

I am often asked to review blogs and websites. One of the most common problems I find, is simply that blogs are “slow”… A slow blog is no good. Believe it or not, most of the speed problems are caused by oversized and uncompressed pictures and graphics. Many bloggers have difficulties to understand the difference (…)

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Help! My server performance went down!

Apr 1st, 2011 | By
Help! My server performance went down!

A few months ago, I migrated 7 blogs with 350,000 blogposts from Tumblr to WordPress on my VPS server. Together with some other blogs and websites, that server happily processed about 50,000 visitors per month, with a steady increase of about 10% per month. All sites and the SQLserver were properly tuned, and the server (…)

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The difference between shared hosting and dedicated hosting

Feb 3rd, 2011 | By
The difference between shared hosting and dedicated hosting

After a year running on Godaddy’s shared hosting, I moved BlogTips to its new HostGator VPS hosting end of October. Look at the Google crawler statistics showing the average download speed for a page. See the difference? While on shared hosting, it took up to 25 seconds to load a page, the performance on the (…)

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How one small plug-in can slow down your site.
The Drupal version

Jan 26th, 2011 | By
How one small plug-in can slow down your site.<br/>The Drupal version

Remember my rumbling about how one plug-in can make your WordPress blog slow? Well, here is a similar story about my Drupal news aggregation site. Before I begin, let me re-state that Drupal by itself, is fast. I mean real fast. That’s why I gave Drupal two thumbs up in my 2010 blogger’s wrapup. But (…)

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My blogging life for the past four days.
In one picture.

Jan 14th, 2011 | By
My blogging life for the past four days.<br />In one picture.

It was 3:30 am last night, well, this morning, when I finally found that the “MySQL server has gone away” error, can be cured by increasing the “wait_timeout parameter” from 30 to 250. Left to do, is checking if the “key_buffer_size” and “table_cache” will reduce the CPU load, so I can actually have less PHP (…)

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A blogger’s 2010 wrapup of cool and failing services

Jan 13th, 2011 | By
A blogger’s 2010 wrapup of cool and failing services

During 2010 my blogging activity increased, up to the point where I went on a sabbatical to concentrate full-time on my social media exploits. In the past year, I used many services available to the blogging community, both paid and free, much more extensively than ever before. I thought of wrapping up my findings of (…)

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How one small plug-in can slow down your blog

Jan 11th, 2011 | By
How one small plug-in can slow down your blog

I recently migrated seven high volumne Tumblr blogs onto WordPress on my my private server. Even though I use aggressive caching, I still saw a lot of CPU load, caused by SQL-access…

How was that possible? I had every post preloaded in cache?

The venom sat in a small plug-in….



How to evaluate a blog – Part 6: Speed

Oct 10th, 2010 | By
How to evaluate a blog – Part 6: Speed

The download speed of the home page, and the individual pages on a blog are important. Internet users are an impatient bunch. Even if they have a good Internet connection, people will not wait for a page to download for more than 30 seconds. Often we forget not everyone uses high-speed connections. Pages of 1 (…)

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BlogTips Tutorial:
How to evaluate a blog

Sep 14th, 2010 | By
BlogTips Tutorial:<br/>How to evaluate a blog

It is encouraging to see how many nonprofit organisations discover the power of social media and the added-value of blogs. Comes a time, though, where any blogmaster asks the question: “I am on the right track here?” You can look at your own blog until you are dizzy. You still won’t see what someone else (…)

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Nonprofit blogs: the common problems

Jun 25th, 2010 | By
Nonprofit blogs: the common problems

777,  Seven hundred seventy-seven. That is the amount of nonprofit blogs I have collected so far. They are all on my Delicious bookmarking list. Excerpts from their posts are republished on Humanitarian News and The NonProfit Blogs. 777, discarding blogs which have not been updated since six months.  777, including the Good, the Bad and (…)

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