Why you want to check the timezone setting of your WordPress site.

Last Updated on August 14, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I had backups set to run at 3 am figuring that would be a time where there would be few users. That way, the impact on the server of the backup job would be minimal. I noticed that the sites would slow down when I worked on them at night. 

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A website checker says that you don’t have gzip enabled. What about Brotli?

Last Updated on January 21, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I went down a rabbit hole trying to enable gzip compression for my sites. I found that the website checkers weren’t checking for Brotli, a newer compression tool. 

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Be VERY wary of the copyright trolls when using images.

Last Updated on January 19, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

Be extremely careful when using images on websites or blogs. You can get hit with insane demands for payments or sued for up to $155,000.

As I was resurrecting my blogs, the issue of the rights to images arose. There is no problem with images I took or images inherited from my parents. HOWEVER, using any other images must be done with extreme caution.

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Responsive Headline and Slogan in WordPress with an Artisteer Template

Last Updated on January 19, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I was building a WordPress site where the headline and slogan were relatively long. At certain aspect ratios, the text overlapped the logo image in the header.

The solution was to add some custom CSS and to make use of the Artisteer responsive design.

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A neat tool to check the browser environment.

Last Updated on December 9, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

At times you want to check your browser environment. Here is a tool that you can use to show the browser environment including OS, browser, resolution, JS, Java, Flash, cookies, ad blockers and some more.

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Changing hosting for an FTP based Blogger Blog

Last Updated on December 4, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

We decided to change hosting companies. One of the sites we were migrating had an FTP based blogger blog (ie. blogger was hosted on our site).

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Use Caution if you allow visitors to post unmoderated pics to your sites.

Last Updated on December 4, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

There are a lot of tools available that will allow webmasters to allow visitors to upload pictures and then make them immediately available to other visitors.

On one of the webmaster boards I frequent, someone raised the question of checking uploaded pics for inappropriate content. In other words, the uploaded pics were visible immediately.

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Why I don’t like to use background images on websites

Last Updated on December 3, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

I have a client who insisted on keeping the background images that were on their website. We did it because we will give the clients what they want. However, we did advise against it for a number of reasons

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Found a sitemap generator

Last Updated on December 3, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

Thanks to one of the replies at webmasterworld.com, I found a list of more sitemap generators.

One of the online generators seems to be working well. You can find it at http://www.auditmypc.com/free-sitemap-generator.asp It is an onlne app that runs on Java.

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freegrader SEO analysis tool

Last Updated on December 1, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

I found another useful tool for checking the SEO status of a website. It’s called Freegrader and it gives an overview of your site. Some of the things it checks for are :

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