Get started with WordPress & Nginx; 15 minutes from fresh OS to WordPress

Get started with WordPress & Nginx; 15 minutes from fresh OS to WordPress

In earlier posts I briefly talked about the dramatic performance improvements you can get by using Nginx to run your PHP / WordPress websites and touched on some of the vital steps that need to be done to start tuning WordPress for performance. If you’re interested in the idea of using Nginx but wondering where…

Replace radiator valve without draining system
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Replace radiator valve without draining system

Replacing radiator valves without draining your central heating system is something that can be achieved with a few simple additional tools (bungs), a heating system that’s in reasonable condition,  and a small helping of luck! This is a pretty safe & simple way to do small changes to pipework or routine maintenance tasks such as removing radiators…

Sam’s First Shoes
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Sam’s First Shoes

To mark a bit of a milestone in Sam’s life, thought I’d quickly post this. His first pair of proper “cruising” shoes…. Now very necessary as he’s probably going to be walking independently in few weeks at the latest. Shot with an EOS 5D & EF 24-70 f2.8L, and processed through Aperture & Nik Software’s…

Web Hosting – you don’t always get what you pay for…!

Web Hosting – you don’t always get what you pay for…!

Just over a month ago now, we launched a pair of commercial WordPress websites for a local business initially using a top-end “dual hosted” Business plan provided by 1&1. We went this route for a number of reasons, one being the significant amount of advertising 1&1 seem to produce (applying the “they can’t be that bad” concept),…

Domestic Central Heating System Wiring Diagrams; C, W, Y & S Plans

Domestic Central Heating System Wiring Diagrams; C, W, Y & S Plans

After trawling through some older posts on here to tidy up images & content following the recent relaunch of my site, I thought it might be useful to make copies of the wiring diagrams I used to sort out our central heating system. The diagram set includes wiring plans for a number of popular configurations…

WordPress Performance Essentials – Shared Hosting or VPS

WordPress Performance Essentials – Shared Hosting or VPS

Following on from my last post, Getting Started with WordPress & Nginx, assuming you’ve decided to go down the VPS or Dedicated server route (rather than shared hosting) there are a few things you need to get installed as a priority to ensure good performance. If however you’re unable to use a virtual private server…

Get started with high performance WordPress powered by Nginx

Get started with high performance WordPress powered by Nginx

WordPress started life as a simple blogging tool back in 2003, with a handful of users who began to gradually switch to WordPress from other contemporary blogging tools – preferring WordPress’s flexibility. Now, WordPress is one of the most popular web content management systems on the Internet, supporting millions of websites and apparently being used…

First impressions – new 2010 Macbook Air 13″ (2.13Ghz, 4Gb)

First impressions – new 2010 Macbook Air 13″ (2.13Ghz, 4Gb)

Having taken the plunge, I’m writing this on a shiny new 2010 Macbook Air 13″ (2.13Ghz Core2Duo, 4Gb ram & 256Gb SSD) – which UPS kindly delivered earlier today. For the last few years I’ve been happily using an early 2008 non-unibody Macbook Pro equipped with a 2.5Ghz Intel C2D, 4Gb ram and possibly the…

With 2011 rapidly approaching, it’s time for a clean up of my Twitter account

Twitter can be a simply incredible communication & marketing tool,  offering what can only be described as an unparalleled mechanism for communicating with your customers or readers. It’s somewhat comical however just how quickly some things can change from being exceptionally helpful, to becoming an ongoing challenge in terms of sorting the wood from the…