Warning if it ain't broke don't fix it

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

You have probably heard the saying: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. This simple piece of advice is often difficult to follow and abide by. It can apply to anything from layout and design, to page titles, seo, your database, etc. And, it also applies to most things in your everyday life.

Why do some websites seem to change frequently? From a minor addition of something in a side column/bar, to a complete layout and design change. Sometimes it’s something small or subtle. Other times so much has changed I am not even sure if I am on the right website.

Is it a technology/upgrade thing? Are new features and programing being added? Or did the site owner just get a wild idea and thought change would be good?

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Your public profile appearance and details

There seems to be a push or trend towards being more social and sharing additional details publicly about yourself online. All these popular social networking and media sites seem to almost encourage us to share more things with the entire world. If you are cool with that, then go for it. If not, then don’t. Nobody said you have to. At least not yet.

If you ask me privacy is slowly dwindling in the online world. The younger generation seems all to quick to let the world know about their life. Sharing real names, pictures, videos, home address, phone numbers, email addresses…you name it.

I am not one to jump into posting and sharing these things online. Maybe because I am older and grew up in a world without all this online internet technology stuff. Maybe I just think some things are meant to be kept private.

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How to Install Wordpress Manually

To follow or not to follow comment replies

I like messing with Wordpress code or any other website software script’s code for that matter. Sometimes just for fun. Other times to change or modify the behavior of something. The thing about Wordpress is it is pretty simple and difficult to really mess something up. Not that it isn’t possible to mess your website up, but much more difficult compared to some of the others I use.

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Mozilla Firefox 8

Firefox 6 Released

Mozilla recently released Firefox 6 somewhere around August 16th, 2011 / August 17th 2011 give or take depending on where in the world you live.

I am not sure why Mozilla is putting out new versions of Firefox at such a rapid rate lately. Version 4, 5, and now 6 do not look much different. The features seem to be the same or very similar. The only thing that comes to mind is maybe they are trying to boost the version to be more in the Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, and Google Chrome 13 number range.

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How to Install Wordpress Manually

Scheduling WordPress Posts

One of my favorite Wordpress features is the ability to schedule posts for a later date and time. Now this may not seem like anything exciting, but for me it can be a huge time saver. Basically it allows me to add several new posts all in one setting and pick a time and day that I want them to actually go live. Sort of along the lines of adding new posts to a queue. Some other website software scripts out there have this feature, but many do not.

On top of scheduling several all in one setting it is also very convenient if you want a post to go live at a specific time of day. If you see an increase in traffic at a certain time of day maybe you want your post to happen during the usual spike.

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Microsoft Tulalip

Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus what next?

We are all probably all to familiar with Twitter and Facebook by now. Some of you have probably even spent a little time with Google Plus too.

The competition seems to be heating up lately with Google announcing their attempt to enter the social networking arena. Most of the internet was buzzing about Google Plus for weeks after the announcement. And, I still see an occasional story or post about it. Whether it really takes off and what it amounts to or becomes of it who knows yet. It is still too early to tell.

So what about Microsoft? Are they going to jump on board and come up with some kind of social networking platform? One has to wonder if they have any plans, or if they are silently working on their own social project.

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How to Install Wordpress Manually

Another WordPress Plugin Yikes

If you use Wordpress you are probably familiar with at least some of the more popular plugins available. I couldn’t even count how many free plugins there are out there. Not to mention templates, themes, and a few other goodies.

Do you know how many plugins you have installed? Both active and inactive? Do you remember what they do?

It seems all to easy to just install a plugin that does whatever. But, do you really need all them? Maybe you do and maybe you don’t. Each time you install a new plugin your website is going to use more resources. Some Wordpress plugins query the database quite heavily. If you have a bunch of them that do this, they can slow your database and website down.

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Google Pagerank Update

Google Pagerank Update August 4, 2011

For those of you that follow Google Pagerank there was another update today August 4th, 2011. This makes 3 updates in a relatively short period of time. It is not uncommon to see activity like this from Google, but we tend to hear about the lack of updates and frequency more often.

In the past 5 weeks give or take a few days there was a Google Pagerank Update June 27th, 2011. Another Google Pagerank Update July 18th, 2011, and now this one on August 4th, 2011.

It is fairly common for Google to perform an update and follow up with a tweak/adjustment or two shortly after. Whether this is it for a while now or not nobody knows for sure.

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Web Hosting Backup Time

Backups what is the ideal time

Backups are one of the important tasks that should be performed on a regular basis. If you use shared hosting this task is usually done by your host. Backup times and frequency will vary from one host to another. Some perform daily backups, others might do it every other day, or maybe just once per week. At the very least they should be done at least weekly by your host.

My host is currently doing daily backups. This sounds like a good idea, but the actual backup process is quite cpu and server resource intense. Whenever a backup runs it uses a lot of the servers cpu power, which can slow websites and page load times down substantially.

If there are a lot of files and accounts on the server the overall backup process can take hours to complete. It just depends on the number of other accounts and what kind of backup they might be doing.

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