Swamped, But Big Things to Come

I apologize for not blogging as much as I would like over the last few weeks, but I have been swamped with a number of big projects. As soon as I have more than five minutes at one time to blog – I have a great blog post to write on some really cool stuff I have been doing with CSS. Stay tuned!

Out of Disk Space

If you all the sudden get database errors (select, cannot login, cannot write, etc) – and everything looks ok (from the database end of things) check to make sure you have not run out of disk space. How do I know? Well – let’s say last night I had to do a major fall clean-up. If you know me and my monitoring habits, this will sound a bit confusing because one of the many things I monitor is disk space, but when your hosting company accidentally halves your disk space – trouble can occur, and quickly. I have not had many issues at all with Liquid Web – but this was major…and handled a little slower than I would have liked.

Jappler Recommends: Liquid Web

It has almost been two years since I moved all my sites to Liquid Web for my hosting needs and am still very happy with them. If you take a look at my hosting category, you can see I have been around the block a few times. I have had a few issues, BUT, everyone who I have spoken with is very knowledgeable, helpful, and always been on top of the issue. If you are interested in a new web host, I highly recommend Liquid Web.

feedburner services: free!

A big thanks to Demitrious for sending a link that made my 4th of July: Feedburner Free for Everyone. I have been using Feedburner for quite a long time now and have had some clients using their pay service which I was almost considering – now I do not as it is available for free. Now I can have “control” of my feed once again while still using Feedburner to manage my feed.

jappler.com 14.7 update: a tune up.

Over the past few months I have been busy working on client web sites and have neglected jappler.com. I have been using WordPress for a few years now with this site and had a number of plugins, CSS styles, and other items that needed to be pruned while I wanted to spruce up and clean up some other layout items.
Summary of the jappler.com tune up:

  • Went through all my plugins and disabled and removed anything that could be replaced with a template tag
  • Removed all old and un-used CSS styles
  • Removed CSS code that I could do better or that was not needed
  • Re-validated my code
  • Added the rounded corner/drop shadow boxes around my content
  • Re-arranged my post meta information (author, date, tagged, comments, etc)
  • Began organizing my categories better
  • Removed any duplicative code and either used a WordPress function or an includes file to handle the content/code (links, search, etc)
  • Created a WordPress 404 page with my old 404 standby
  • Went through my pages and cleaned up the text and updated any outdated information
  • Re-organized my sidebars and their content
  • Removed any un-used images

Every once and awhile it is good to clean up your sites so they do not become overly bloated. Don’t know where to start – check out the list above 😉

yahoo! pipes.

I finally sat down and looked seriously at Yahoo! Pipes to try and figure out how or if it could be useful to me and my clients. I wanted to make something useful so I decided that it would be nice to have a “master Jen feed” which would include the RSS feed from this site, my company’s web site, as well as from my son’s web site. Within five minutes, the master feed was created and in my RSS feeder. While this might not be the most advanced thing Yahoo! Pipes can do, I am definitely considering grouping a number of my RSS feeds together and making more “master feeds”.

For anyone who is interested: Jen’s master feed. If you are not using RSS yet – please…it is 2007, even MS IE 7 supports RSS. Time to get on the bandwagon!

jappler.com revisions.

I have spent the last few weeks about making jappler.com more of a resource. I have spent a lot of time over the years posting about UNIX commands, web development HOWTOs, etc and would like to make that content easier to find. You will notice that I have already changed the navigation items and plan to re-design how I present content on this web site. I hope, that sometime in May, I will have a web site that will be much more resourceful to everyone. I will also document how I used WordPress to do it.

giving wp-cache a try.

I have been going back and forth for awhile about whether to cache or not to cache, and I decided to finally try it with this site. I have heard many good things about the WP-Cache plugin and got it installed today. If you notice a difference in load times over the course of the next few days/weeks, please let me know.