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Using Google PageSpeed Insights to speed-up Fossadventures.com

Using Google PageSpeed Insights to speed-up Fossadventures.com

I wanted to optimize the load time of Fossadventures.com. I had performed some tests on Google PageSpeed Insights a couple of weeks ago and my scores were 76/100 for mobile devices and 55/100 for the desktop. The big ticket item was to enable Gzip compression. I researched the subject and the solution appeared to be a simple adjustment of the Nginx configuration (1, 2). Thanks to Nginx and Digital Ocean for the excellent tutorials, which work just as well on…

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Securing WordPress with plugins

Securing WordPress with plugins

It’s time to spend some attention to the security of this website. From years of reading ICT technology news, I was painfully aware that WordPress websites are a prime target for hackers. And from my initial week of having the website online, I had already discovered a couple of visits from malicious IP addresses in my access log. The book “WordPress Visual Step by Step for Beginners 2018” recommends installing the Wordfence Security plugin. This is an Endpoint protection solution….

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Solving Permalinks with Nginx Virtual Host file

Solving Permalinks with Nginx Virtual Host file

After reading the initial 3 chapters of the book Nginx HTTP server – Third Edition, I was ready to tackle the permalinks problem again. I started adjusting the nginx.conf file with renewed knowledge. Something interesting happened when I adjusted the server_name to .fossadventures.com and tested the nginx.conf file. The test indicated that this server name was already in use. I decided to look for additional .conf files in /etc/nginx. And then found the culprid in the vhosts.d folder. This xxx.conf…

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Breaking my WordPress website with Permalinks and Nginx

Breaking my WordPress website with Permalinks and Nginx

My first challenge is setting up my WordPress website correctly. I have ordered the e-book “WordPress Visual Step by Step for Beginners 2018” by Alvin Wells. The book is 103 pages in length and contains the basic instructions for setting up a WordPress site. It is practical enough to get started. Before my adventure started, I had already looked at various WordPress themes. I decided on the Cannyon theme, as it featured a good looking green color scheme. That’s a…

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