Slow websites are painful. An important value to look at when optimizing your website is the TTFB (Time Til First Bye), which is the delay between when the request is sent to the server and server actually responds. These are some of my notes on improving (e.g. reducing) the TTFB of a WordPress website.
When I’m ordering food (e.g. french fries), I often find myself doing the math. For 30% more money, I can double the amount of fries I get (i.e. 100% more fries). Clearly, this significantly reduces my cost per fry, which results in me buying the larger fry. However the problem is the cost per fry […]
These are my reminder notes on how to quickly populate the LICENSE information for one of my projects from the command line.
With the newly released WordPress 5.0, which includes the new block-based Gutenberg editing experience, many people are installing the Classic Editor plugin to retain the previous behavior. The Classic Editor plugin is the official solution being prescribed for these situations. No problem, install the Classic Editor plugin and 5.0 will be indistinguishable from 4.9.8 for […]
Recently, I was commenting to my wife that I find myself often going to my Draft posts for notes I’ve taken on completing some task. I complained that these posts were not ready to be published as they had not met my high standard of quality (i.e. I hadn’t removed the most obvious typos and […]
When working in WordPress, it is common to extend the platform with Custom Fields that go beyond the default functionality. Two popular choices are Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) and CMB2. My Preference My personal preference is CMB2. At the same time, there are many developers I know and respect who prefer ACF and use it […]
When attending a WordCamp (a community-driven WordPress focused conference), these are the supplies I take with me. phone with extra battery reusable water bottle tiny notebook & pen laptop extra bag for giveaways (a.k.a schwag) an open mind Phone with Extra Battery I spend a lot of time on Twitter at WordCamps, it reminds me […]
As a WordPress developer, when I’m building a WordPress theme my strong preference is to build on the Genesis Framework. I’ve written about Why the Genesis Framework is Great. Pre-Made Genesis Child Themes The Genesis Framework is a parent theme that needs a child theme to go with it (Genesis does the heavy lifting and […]
I’ve been very impressed with the 27″ IPS-ZERO-G Slim Monitor WQHD 2560×1440 – Dual Link DVI, VGA from Monoprice. At just under $400, this was an excellent purchase for the money. It is disappointing that it uses a DVI connection rather than HDMI but with my Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, also from Monoprice, hooking up my […]