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…

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…

Surely the days of this kind of SPAM have to be limited these days?

  Just received this via email… In this day and age, you really would have to hope that no one manages to fall for something like this. It’s a new take on the concept presumably – masquerading as an agency supposedly working against fraud yet looking for people to supply personal details to reclaim funds….

Google Instant Search – instant results, but have to say I still need convincing…

Google Instant Search – instant results, but have to say I still need convincing…

As you’re probably already aware, Google have launched “Google Instant” – available via google.com at the moment. I have to say, I’m really yet to be convinced that this is actually a good thing…. Yes, you get instantaneous results as you start typing search terms and that part of the equation seems to work really…

BT Web Address Help…

Would have been nice if BT asked before enabling stuff? Seems that BT (@BTCare) have decided to take it upon themselves to “help” BT Total Broadband users when they mistype a URL by offering up some sponsored links from Yahoo. Glad to see that these are really relevant and targeted to the domain you were…

Updated: So who else is having problems with WiFi & their BT HomeHub2?

Update 14/09/2010 BT have now shipped us a replacement Home Hub 2, which arrived this morning. The new hub interestingly is labelled as “Type B” rather than the existing one’s “Type A”, and seems to be running a newer firmware release. It’s obviously a little too soon to see whether this has resolved our problems, but it’s…

Diagnosing performance problems on Oracle… Why so difficult?

Since introducing Oracle to our live environment to support a major system, we’ve been seeing a variety of problems – resolution for which can only really be described as a black art. Why does Oracle make life so difficult for those new to the platform to find out what it’s actually doing? We’re currently running…

Oracle 11g RDBMS.. Never thought I’d say this, but I’m slowly being converted

A few years ago some colleagues and I ended up in a relatively heated debate around the relative merits of Oracle vs Microsoft’s SQL Server in terms of which product was the “best” database. At the time, I seem to recall I was more on the side of SQL Server than Oracle – probably because…

Data Recovery – When is a disk unrecoverable, what do you do next?

As you may have been reading in previous posts, we’ve been trying to get some data recovered from a failed laptop harddisk. If the marketing material put out by leading data recovery companies is taken at face value, you end up with the belief that nearly anything can be recovered from… be it a disk…

Data recovery… Why is life never as easy as it should be? An update!

Why is it that computer equipment, and especially any form of computer equipment that stores data, always only ever fails at an inopportune moment? Laptops for work never break the day before you go off on holiday leaving plenty of time for them to be fixed while you don’t need them; digital cameras never fail…

Data recovery….

Data recovery… how on earth do you determine which company you can actually trust to recover data from a dead harddisk without damaging it further?? One of our laptops has run into a bit of a problem and we’re now the rather worried owner of a harddisk that’s not being recognised by the machine’s OS,…