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My New Fresh And Fast Q2 2014 Blog Updates (and new Plugins)

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If you're a regular visitor of my blog, you might have noticed the change of design a couple of times over the past few weeks.

A time table of theme changes ...

2013 Q4 Responsive WordPress Theme

The temporary FREE design provided by Cyberchimps (I think it was Responsive) was not the way I wanted it to be. Moreover the Apple design-ish has been used too much by other sites.

2014 Q1 Experimental Themes

In Februari 2014, I switched to WordPress' Twenty Fourteen. What I didn't like though it's quite 'heavy' on the server from a loading perspective and ... cause it's a wordpress default theme it gives the default look; it doesn't stand out.

In March I worked on my new website: as a replacement to ... loved the theme so much that I actually purchased the wordpress equivalent as well (a hefty $40 for 1 theme; but it truly is beautiful). To only end up with loading times of 15-40 seconds! grrr; not good!

So to make the theme load faster I experimented with a bunch of caching plugins. The ones I liked most are Quick-Cache (by the creators of s2members) and a CDN-based solution called CloudFlare. Still ... due to the complexity of bootstrap plugin and parallax effects, the loading times were horrific. Thus I switched back to a customised WordPress Twenty Fourteen.

Current 2014 Q2 Tiga

To be frank? I was really about to give up on the entire blogging adventure once more, when I ran into the clean and minimalistic looking WordPress Tiga Theme. Did require a bit of custom coding (as the support for the theme seems to be non existent, but I like the looks).

Pingdom benchmark shows a snappy 2.5-5 seconds loading time making this theme ~ 30-60% faster than most websites on the web; thus Google will love this! And this is without the usage of any caching plugins or CDNs! That I might still add later on.

Did remove all the fancy facebook fanpages, lightbox / modal window popups, banner advertising stuff, etc. Just keeping it clean from now on!

Update: yup, added & enabled quick-cache again with gzip modrewrite compression. Pingdom loading times from Dallas, TX, USA (a 'problem'region) have gone from ~ 5-6 seconds to ~ 2.5-4 too now! Awesome!

New (FREE) WordPress Plugins

Due to a change / refreshment of projects, I needed to make a few changes to old content. Plugins that I found quite useful:

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Like to know what other plugins I use?

Deleted a few blogs ...

Because I'm so super happy with this solution, I cleaned up and deleted all my Blogger and Tumblr blogs. This might have an effect on backlinks, but I rather have everything go to this main blog. Oh .. and for those Empowered Bloggers? I left them too.

Moved site from subdomain to domain

Goodbye and migrated everything to (as it once was in 2008). Reason? More useful for creating my own leadcapture pages, but also for increased Google ranking. Whitehat SEO trick so everything keeps forwarding correctly and indexed in Google? Basically doubling traffic? You need to remove all files and folders in the 'old' httpdocs / public_html and only create this .htaccess file:

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About Earnie Rhyker

tech pioneer | intellectual BadAss | ethical lifehacker | wordpress developer | information activist | blogger | added value services provider | multimedia enthusiast | senior linux server administrator | geek | bitcoin investor | laptop entrepreneur | tech support guru | open source contributor | hackintosh fanatic | charity donator | accredited top MLM networker & internet marketer 2014-2016 @ BFH | social networker ... actively documenting (again; since March 2018) about my geeky journey through life.
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