Stopping runaway processes on a WordPress site without contacting your host

Last Updated on July 12, 2021 by Christopher G Mendla

One of my WordPress sites started acting up. When I tried to create a post, it would hang on saving and push the shared hosting CPU, IO operations and Entry Process past the hosting limits. That would crash the front and back ends of all of my sites

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The importance of keeping your WordPress plugins up to date.

Last Updated on December 22, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

A key concept in protecting your WordPress site is to make sure the WordPress core and all of your plugins are up to date. Outdated plugins can contain vulnerabilities that allow a hacker to compromise your site.

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Website Monetization – Don’t put all your eggs in one (Adsense) basket.

Last Updated on December 8, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

When you set up your website monetization plan, don’t put all your eggs in one (Adsense) basket. Diversify early on.  Otherwise you might find your revenue suddenly dropping to zero.

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Amazon ads not showing because of Cloudflare’s Rocket Launcher

Last Updated on December 6, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I am in the process of adding Amazon ads to my sites. The Native ads showed up fine. However, trying to put a product or search ad using an HTML block resulted in a situation where that ad was not showing. The resolution had to do with CloudFlare’s Rocket Launcher. 

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Fitbit Charge 3 Weather SOLVED

Last Updated on December 5, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

My Fitbit Charge 3 was not showing the Weather. This issues is SOLVED. 

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The great printer shortage of 2020

Last Updated on December 5, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

In addition to all the other insanity 2020 has brought, there is a bit of a printer shortage as well as an ink shortage. 

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GitHub provides alerts for vulnerabilities in your code

Last Updated on November 23, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

GitHub will provide an alert if it finds vulnerabilities in your repository. 

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The importance of keeping Rails updated

Last Updated on November 20, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

During my interviews in my recent job search, I’ve seen an alarming number of companies running on Rails 3.x and 4.x. Unless serious work arounds have been applied, these versions have multiple vulnerabilities. 

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Upgrading to Rails 5.2 succeeded

Last Updated on November 18, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

Updating to Rails 5.2 has a couple of ‘gotchas’. 

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InPixio Photo Eraser

Last Updated on November 12, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

InPixio Photo Eraser solved a common problem for me. I have a couple of location blogs. I often need to take photos where unwanted  people or objects are in the photos (Like my inlaws.. ooops, just kidding).   I was editing unwanted objects out with GIMP (An open source Photoshop work alike). I saw some ads for the InPixio product and decided to give it a shot. It turned out to be a great investment. 

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