Dreamhost has a section on their Wiki explaining detailed ways on how to optimize WordPress using such tools as WP Super Cache, Nocache, Fcgi, and various combinations of the latter. I don’t understand the gobbily gook presented within the document but if you’re using your own dedicated server or VPS, these tips might be of interest to you. An aside but also interesting article regarding WordPress configuration tricks was published by Jeff Star on the Digging Into WordPress site back in 2009. Lesson learned is that the WPConfig file that is apart of WordPress is pretty powerful. ∞
By Jeffro on December 6, 2011
Scott Reilley who also goes by Coffee2Code is continuing his trend of releasing small but useful plugins for niche audiences. This time, he has released a plugin called No Browser Nag that removes the Outdated Browser nag found within newer versions of WordPress.
While it’s a bit foolish to condone the use of outdated browsers, sometimes users don’t have a choice. At least with this plugin, that user group will be able to remove the constant nag and allow WordPress to get off their backs about a situation they may not be able to control. However, if possible, you should upgrade to the newest versions of your browser of choice as they often contain important security updates, performance improvements, etc.
By Jeffro on December 2, 2011
From WordCamp Chicago 2011, Dre Armeda who is one of the guys behind the awesome security service/site Securi. His presentation contains a ton of information that all end users should take note of.
By Jeffro on December 2, 2011
Comment administration within WordPress has come a long way. As illustrated by Lorelle VanFossen, the comment administration panel these days has 18 different features for comment management. While the current iteration of comment management features are great, there is one particular quick link that I hope gets added in a future version of WordPress. It’s called ‘De-Link‘ and it’s one of my favorite features of the WP Ajax Edit comments plugin.
I’ve noticed that a large amount of comments that I have deleted or trashed in the past can now be approved after I de-link them as the content is usually related to the post. It’s their way of trying to get a link on the site. I have my own rules for which sites are allowed to be linked to and which are not but if the comment is relevant to the post at hand but contains a bad link, I’ll simply de-link, then approve it. Sure, I could go into the Quick Edit mode within the comment management area and manually remove the links but the method of clicking once sure seems a lot easier to me then clicking the mouse button a few times.
By Jeffro on December 1, 2011
One comment I have that applies to all of the e-commerce plugins I tried out is this: the initial setup process is quite overwhelming. During my toying process I set up the basic Quarterly sales items and process for each plugin on a testing location. Without exception, each plugin presented me with options I never ended up needing, or didn’t even care about. I realize that WPCandy’s shopping cart needs aren’t as complicated as some, but that made me wish for a simplified setup process even more.
It would be great to see these plugins take more of a “decisions over options” approach. When that isn’t possible, stashing less vital options in an advanced section would lessen the initial impact of a screen full of checkboxes and dropdowns.
Ryan Imel explained in-depth how he created the sales page for the WordPress Quarterly magazine. Within the post you’ll find his thoughts on the various e-commerce systems he tried, code snippets to produce the page, and much more. Definitely worth a read.