MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Whoa—Time to Cut Back on the Plugins!

August 11th, 2008 Viewed 2462 times

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The other day I was noticing that my blog was running ridiculously slow when I was in the admin panel.  This was with having Google Gears turned on.

There are three things that go toward the speed of your blog—or any computer for that matter.  The number of processors, the amount of memory, and the amount of time across the network.

Since I only deal with broadband Internet, I didn’t think it was that.  Memory seemed ok—and the main site was functional.  That, and other sites I’m running seemed to be downright perky.  So, what was the deal?

5 Plugins Every WordPress Install Should Have

May 22nd, 2008 Viewed 2391 times

WordPress Logo Every single time I set up a WordPress blog (and I’ve set up quite a few now) there are a few plugins that I find myself wanting or needing every single time.  It’s to the point that if I’m helping someone out on their blog and I go look at their plugins, I immediately wonder why they are not there!

These plugins vary from those that work behind the scenes to those that do their work out in the open:

Randomize and Update

April 30th, 2008 Viewed 1637 times

So, we talked last post about Randomizing ads– so that you never see the same ad when click on the site.  We also discussed filtering by category, so the ad is a little bit closer to the topic of the post.

This has a lot of benefits, but it also means a little bit of work if you haven’t organized your blog well.  For me, I have way too many categories that I need to make tags– so if you’re going to employ this mechanism, it’ll work best if you already have just a few general categories.

The next hurdle to try to overcome is actually getting what ads you should display.

Ad Rotation and Groups

April 30th, 2008 Viewed 1646 times

When you’re running a blog that covers different topics, you’re rarely going to want to show the same ad every time the page is refreshed– unless it’s something you figure that you’re really good at selling.  Why?  Because every person is different and comes to your blog looking for something different.

To the person that likes fine chocolates (and who doesn’t?!), you want the ad above.  By the way, this is one of my new affiliate programs (do you really say sponsor?), and again, feel free to click through and check them out.

Yahoo Shortcuts

January 23rd, 2008 Viewed 2105 times

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If you’re like me then you like to spruce up your posts with images, links and any tool that you can find that will help you do this is– and do it easily– is something that you’d want to try out.

Well, one of the great things about WordPress is that there are always people writing plugins and coming up with neat things– and this plugin is no exception. Yahoo has developed what is calls “shortcuts“. It’s a plugin that sits on your write post screen over on the right hand bar and watches what you write.

Upgrade Your Blog

January 9th, 2008 Viewed 2483 times

More Lessons on the Laptop 1 Recently I’ve gone through the process of upgrading and standardizing all the different blogs that I run. I’ve also helped a few others on templates, and even worked at tweaking a WordPress plugin or two.

So, this new series will take you through a few steps that I do to run my blogs– from plugins, to companion sites, to ad programs– the works– in the hopes of helping you no matter where your blog resides.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.