Byword has long been one of my favorite text editors on the Mac and on iOS. I like it for its simplicity, its effortless sync between Mac and iOS, and its Markdown support. (For a primer on Markdown, check down my earlier post on it. Byword has recently become even more useful, adding support for direct publishing to Evernote, WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, and Scriptogram.Read more
I was recently asked to identify some of the essential WordPress plugins that we use are here at 40Tech. A few years ago, we covered five of them. Amazingly, we’re still using all five. There are other plugins, though, that we also use. While I would prefer a lean WordPress installation, these other plugins bring functionality that is important. With that in mind, here are ten additional plugins that make 40Tech tick.Read more
Almost two years ago, I wrote about the positive experience that I’d had with WooThemes when switching over to the current WordPress theme that powers 40Tech. I implemented several custom changes to the theme we use here, and the WooThemes folks were very helpful as I worked things out. Lately, though, the WooThemes team has taken a step that has given me pause. Specifically, WooThemes is integrating tracking into all of their themes – new or old – so that they can get a better idea of how their customers are using their themes.Read more
Editor’s note: Today, 40Tech is pleased to present you with a guest post from Lazy Man of lazymanandmoney.com.
The second week in February was a very bad week for me. On February 6th, I had received a legal threat from LifeVantage regarding my ProtandimScams.com site. I was still crushed by my beloved Patriots losing the Super Bowl. (Hey, I put up with their 1-15 seasons and Lisa Olsen scandals, so I’m milking the Tom Brady era for all it is worth). On the 8th, my websites stopped working. I went to my Putty window running a Unix top command to see what was the matter. The load average had spiked from its normal level of around 0.50 to 120. If you aren’t familiar with Unix, Top, or Putty, this means that either something on your site isn’t working right or Yahoo decided to feature you on its home page. Here’s what happened next.Read more
Have you had a look at your website’s log file lately? No? Let me tell you, once you set your eyes on that thing you’re going to have trouble tearing yourself away. It will show you every file your Apache server is fetching, as it happens. This means if someone visiting your website, you’ll see “GET nameofwebpage.com/specificpost.html, and it will show you that as it happens in real time. You can see if the next-random-user of your website bounces, or if their IP address goes on to click on something else, and what that something is, and how long they stay there. Creepy-awesome, isn’t it?
Here’s how you do it:Read more
Last week, we covered two tools to help you scan your website for malware. Another method to determine if your site has been hacked is to look at changes in your server files themselves. That, though, can be time consuming if you do it manually. If you use WordPress (the self-hosted variety), and you want to use an automated tool that detects changes to files, take File Monitor Plus for a spin.Read more
Yesterday we compared Squarespace and WordPress, and I indicated that as slick as Squarespace was, 40Tech was going to remain on a self-hosted WordPress installation. Bloggers using a self-hosted instance of WordPress, though, need to make sure that their blogs are secure. That includes making sure that your blog isn’t already compromised. How do you do that? The easiest way to do that is to use external tools to scan your site. There are two that we use here at 40Tech, and recommend.Read more
Earlier this month, we took a look at 4 ways to backup your WordPress blog. That post covered steps you could take to backup your site, including the use of WordPress plugins. We’re always on the lookout for better ways to get things done, and when it comes to backing up a WordPress blog, we’ve found a gem. Updraft is a dead simple plugin that will backup the contents of your site to the cloud (such as Amazon S3) or to an FTP server. You can even have the backup emailed to you.Read more
If you run a website, content may be king, but speed is the cook that keeps the king fed. Recently, we talked about WhichLoadsFaster, a site that compares loading times of two or more website. How do you improve your site’s chances of being the site that loads faster?One of the best tools for speeding up sites, and one that we use here at 40Tech, is W3 Total Cache, a caching plugin. W3 Total Cache not only speeds up your site, but it can also save you bandwidth.Read more
If you have a website or blog, you probably have the same worry that most blog owners share – what would happen if the unthinkable would happen, and all your data would be lost? Would that be the end of your blog? You can reduce the risk of disaster if you have a backup plan in place. Here are a few methods for backing up your site, along with a few pointers as well.Read more