I just upgraded macintoshhhowto.com to be a secure website. It seems to be the way websites are going. You will now be able to see the little padlock before the website in the address bar (if you use Safari) or the green ‘secure’ sign (if you use Chrome). This means that the link from the web server to your browser is secure and no one can intercept the data. If you notice any problems with the site in the next week or two please let me know!
If you run a WordPress self-hosted website and you want to know the rough steps involved in making a WordPress website secure, here they are. Some of it was a little over my head but I got there in the end. There were lots of websites explaining how to do this but they only had 2 or 3 steps. Here are my 10 steps!
You can imagine with a blog like this one that as an author I want a way to write new posts that is both easy and fast.
Macintoshhowto.com is run by a piece of software called WordPress. WordPress is a little bit clunky and so there have been several attempts to write software that will simplify the blogging process and automatically upload your post to WordPress. Over the past few weeks I have trialled various pieces of blog writing software and here’s what I found.
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Macintoshhowto.com has been averaging 150,000 visits a month lately. It sits on a server with 5 or 6 other web sites but I thought it deserved a server of it’s own. I moved it across it today. You can read more about it here.
I’ve just moved all the images from macintoshhowto.com over to Amazon Cloudfront. The bottom line is that you should notice macintoshhowto.com speed up. If you want to know how to do it, read on. Continue reading 〉
I’ve changed the look of the macintoshhowto.com. The orange and black is gone, replaced by a new WordPress theme called iblog that has more of an Apple feel. The entire site is also now iphone friendly.
The old theme looked like this.
I use bluehost.com to host the macintoshhowto.com website. This means I pay blue host a monthly fee and they provide hard disk space and computing power to run the website. To actually run the website I use some software called Wordpress. WordPress is a great platform to host a blog or website from – it’s very easy to set up, and most web hosting packages will include a one step wordpress install like the one I describe here. Here’s how to set up wordpress using bluehost. Bluehost is very cheap and reliable. I’d say as long as your wordpress website is getting under 50,000 visits a month bluehost should do the job. Macintoshhowto is just starting to reach about 80,000 hits a month and I’ve been hitting the limit of bluehost so I’ve needed to go over some things and prune some plug-ins to keep the site running smoothly.
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A blog is like an online diary or journal, where you type entries and people can read them. A blog site is designed to be easily updated regularly. There are various ways to set up a blog, here are a few, I have listen them in order of simplicity… Continue reading 〉