20% discount: WordPress.com and Jetpack

WordPress

WordPress

Just got an email from Automattic announcing that WordPress.com and Jetpack plans will be available with a 20% discount until March 10th, 2019.

If you’re looking for super-comfortable hosting solution for your blog, you should check out WordPress.com. I’m usually self-hosting and so Jetpack offering makes more sense for me:

  • blog backups
  • improved performance
  • free image hosting
  • Akismet spam protection
  • Traffic and visitors stats
  • Activity log

I’ve started blogging much more regularly in 2019 and find activity log super-useful for keeping track of all changes made to the blog – plugin updates, posts and pages updates, new posts and image uploads.

In short, both WordPress.com and Jetpack come highly recommended. If you’re in the market for them – check them out. Don’t forget to use the DISCOUNT20 code for 20% off any prices at the checkout!

Challenge Yourself to Post Daily

You might now that I’ve spent most of 2018 centralizing my technical blogs – migrating key content over to Unix Tutorial blog and stopping regular updates on Solaris Blog, Nuxified and Desktop Virtualization.

In 2019 I decided to aim for a daily posting on Unix Tutorial:Screen Shot 2019-02-19 at 10.24.10.png and it definitely looks and feels a lot better according to website traffic:

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January isn’t the best month, because traiditionally it gets highest traffic of the year anyway, but we’re halfway into February and it seems traffic is still growing!

We’ll see how long I can keep this up, but daily posts is among the best decisions and changes I made in my blogging in a long time.

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Make WordPress admin panel use HTTP

Quick but super useful tip for WordPress development: when you’re coding your website locally on your desktop or laptop, this wp-config.php option will help you accept HTTP logins to WordPress admin panel:

define( 'FORCE_SSL_ADMIN', false );

Took me whole 5 minutes to figure out why local website worked fine but admin panel was not connecting.

Now it looks much better:

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pS: if you’re using an old WordPress installation or just kept auto-updating it in the last few years without a full reinstall, the option name could be slightly different for you:

define( 'FORCE_SSL_LOGIN', false );

aHrefs SEO toolbar

I’m testing the freshly released Firefox 64 and just realised that this means I can finally download and test the SEO toolbar from my search engine optimisation tool of choice: aHrefs.com

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The toolbar is pretty neat and does exactly what I expect it to:

  • shows backlinks to current page and root domain
  • shows number of referring domains (RD)
  • shows estimates of monthly search traffic (seems lower number than what I’m actually getting in my website stats)
  • highlights the number of keywords (KW) that the page is ranking for

Overall, pretty cool and a nice extension to the already awesome aHrefs toolkit. Keywords is a particularly useful thing – when clicked it opens an aHrefs dashboard page where I can select and bookmark certain keywords for later targeting.

In addition to the toolbar, this add-on seems to be updating Google SERPs with similar information – so when I’m researching a technical topic for my Unix Tutorial blog it should help to assess quality of backlinks much quicker:

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True 2FA for Namecheap!

Finally! 

Good thing Namecheap are flagging new features in their dashboard now and then, because I’m not subscribed to their blog and would have missed the big news: as of a week or two ago, it is finally possible to use a proper two-factor (2FA) mechanism like Authy for accessing Namecheap account.

It’s not that using SMS for 2FA is not secure. It’s also that it’s quite a pain: I work on laptop most of the time and don’t necessarily have my smartphone nearby. I’m a MacBook user and Apple have steadily improved handover functionality in the past few years: I can accept phone calls on my laptop if it’s on the same WiFi network with my iPhone. I don’t need to have the iPhone right next to me to answer an unexpected call.

Haven’t been a frequent user of Namecheap dashboard – but every time I wanted to visit it, I had to first find my iPhone. Now it’s a thing of the past – just configured and tested Authy for Namecheap TOTP 2FA and it works as expected.

 

WordPress Gutenberg

Just a quick note to say that Gutenberg editor in WordPress is AWESOME!

After using it for a few days on my Unix Tutorial blog, I’m really impressed with how intuitive the new editing experience is.

Having to create a separate content blog for each element may sound like a really daunting task, but the way it’s implemented is super intuitive: you type as you always would, but things like lists and paragraphs end up created automatically.

I also really like the way content is so much easier to rearrange now that it’s split into blocks.

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StudioPress Theme Pack in On Sale For Just a Few Days

StudioPress

StudioPress


Some of you may know that my most favourite theme pack StudioPress.com has been acquired by WordPress hosting company WPengine.net.

This means this current sale of the StudioPress lifetime membership is probably your last chance ever, unless you buy a hosting plan from WPengine (in which case StudioPress themes will be available for free).

I’ve been a very happy user of the StudioPress themes and the Genesis framework for a number of years now, so their themes come highly recommended:

FLASH SALE! Pro Plus All-Theme Package – $100 off!

Click the link above to receive a discount. Given the number of themes you get, I think it’s a great offer.

WordPress OSX app is awesome!

New WordPress.com admin interface is using Calypso, a JavaScript framework – that’s been made official a few weeks ago to much appraise.

In addition to the WordPress.com, it’s also possible to download desktop apps for Windows and OSX to manage all your Jetpack-enabled blogs.

I’m still in the process of Jetpack-enabling all of my blogs, but those that have been switched already are a breeze to manage now: I can see pending core and plugin updates, moderate new comments, see website stats and can add new posts.

Have you given a native WordPress.com app a try yet? I think it’s awesome!

31 Days to a Better Blog

There’s never a better time that to start working on that dream blog of yours right now. This is especially true if said blog had been unattended for the past few months (or years!).

Check out ProBlogger’s 31 Days to a Better Blog, it’s a great e-book that’s 50% off this week with the GOODBYE2015 coupon code.

WordPress category and tag slugs

I’ve had a rather frustrating few minutes trying to create a new category on one of my WordPress blogs and to name it specifically the way I wanted.

Why category slugs get -2

Every time I did this, I always ended up with the slag getting -2 added to it, and it took me some time to figure out why.

Turns out, you can’t create a category with the same slug that you have a tag for.

Example:
if you have a tag called “linux”, even though full link to it would be website.com/tags/linux, it will still prevent you from creating a category with the same “linux” name.

Page slugs for WordPress categories and tags cannot overlap

The reason for this is, apparently, because tags and categories share the same slug database table, so cannot overlap.

Hope this helps someone, it looked really weird at first but makes sense now.