Wordpress is an Open Source CMS. Wordpress originated as a simple tool for users to create a blog, but over several years has evolved to become a relatively powerful tool for creating mid-level websites. Wordpress currently makes up about 30% of known websites as of 2017.

Hobby Projects and Ideas

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 14:16

On my "down-time" as a hobby I write code. I know, that's a hell of a thing, but you have to remember that I started getting paid to do my hobby. But, my hobby is still my hobby. Part of the problem I have always had with my hobby versus my professional work is that I start a project...Then I will get bored with it and move on to something else OR I will get interested in some caveat of the current project which will derail me from the current project.

Alternatives to Domestic Violence

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 06:02

Ever so often I am tasked with building, maintaining or upgrading websites for non-profits. These organizations are of course limited in their funding and so the task is often done in increments over several months. In this case the website http://alternativestodv.org/, a women's health organization and shelter located in Riverside California had a website that really needed some work. It is a Wordpress website that had fallen into disrepair.

Alleviating Some of the Crap Thats Slowing Down Your Server at the Source

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 13:38
Several months ago I started receiving the occasional alert email in the middle of the night warning that my server was hitting a threshold. Reviewing the server logs I found the usual suspects. Hits to Wordpress; admin-ajax, wp-login.php, xmlrpc.php... But also, there were a ton of hits from a web crawler that was hitting the same content over and over and over. There are plugins available to cache websites and throttle repeat content, but a hit to the CMS is still a hit and will require PHP, several image requests, file requests and more than a few hits to the database.
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