This is My WordPress Point of View

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I am by no means an expert on WordPress or web development in general, but I have dabbled for quite a while and have stumbled onto some things that might be of interest.

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Taking the Block Editor Plunge

Blocks A, B, CIt is approaching a year since the WordPress Block Editor entered production with the release of WordPress 5 in December 2018. Up to now I stuck with the Classic Editor. Classic works fine for me. But WP support for Classic will not go on forever. At some point I will have to switch to Block, so I might as well start the transition now. This is my first post using the Block Editor. And … I’m immediately stuck. Where is my trusty Pixabay plugin? The only way I can find it is using a Classic block.

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Space Alien Technology and WordPress

Update (August 2, 2019):  In case it is not obvious – this post is a joke!  To the best of my knowledge – and I have a high level of confidence about this – no space aliens are being held captive at Area 51. Please do not storm area 51 based on this post.

WordPress is awesome but could it be even better by incorporating space alien technology? Of course it could.

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cPanel and the greedy, treacherous betrayal

cPanel is easily the king of the hill when it comes to web hosting control panels. It is, in a word, awesome. It gives me an intuitive interface to simplify the process of managing my site. cPanel had its origin in the late 1990s. With ongoing improvements it became the default hosting control panel of choice early in the millennium, and remains so today. But likely not tomorrow.

cPanel and the greedy, treacherous betrayal

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Text to Speech

I launched my first website way back at the dawn of the millennium. It features public domain literature. From the start, it cried out for text-to-speech capability, but I could find no practical solution. I could have recorded my reading of each page in an audio file, but that would have been way too time consuming and storage-intensive (at the time, disk space was dear).

text to voice

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.htaccess impact on site speed

I’m a big fan of the 6G firewall, from Jeff Starr of Perishable Press. It lives in my .htaccess file, and does a great job of protecting my site against a wide variety of malicious requests, bad bots, spam referrers, and other attacks. It adds 76 lines to my .htaccess file, some of them filled with long regular expressions. WordPress and Litespeed Cache also add chunks to my .htaccess file. And, .htaccess being exceptionally flexible and useful, I add other stuff as well.

htaccess impact on site speed

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Robots dot text

Robots dot text (robots.txt) is a really interesting, conflicted, frequently disrespected – but useful – little file. Its intended purpose is to give me control of how bots visit my site. Depending on the bot though, my robots dot text directives might be obeyed, ignored, partially obeyed, and/or interpreted in different ways.
robots dot text

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Website speed tests – Part 2

Awhile back I bemoaned the very inconsistent results I get from online website speed checkers. Not just inconsistency from checker to checker, but also from the same checker at different times. I test-drove a few of the checkers and …

In summary, results are all over the damn place. My site’s speed grade is A, B+, B, or C. Load time is less than or second, or over 4 seconds. Also, there seems to be no correlation between grade and actual speed. Pingdom gives me a ‘C’ with less than a second load time, Uptrends gives me an ‘A’ with a 4.4 second load time.

Furthermore, if I use the same 10 checkers again, I will get different – sometimes wildly divergent – results from the same checker at different times.

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