Minor Updates

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Some minor site-related news:

  • Decreasing Load Time – I’ve been trying to get the site to run faster. I’ve installed several caching solutions (including WP Super Cache) and enabled articles to be gzipped, and so far the site seems more responsive to me. I’m hoping to have some time to play this weekend and remove some of the queries. If you’ve been to my site before, did you notice whether the site has been quicker to load?
  • Comment Timeouts – I am now using James McKay’s Comment Timeout Plugin for WordPress on the site. What this means to you, is that all posts will now have an expiration date for comments. If a post is popular and receives more comments than usual, it’ll stay open for comments for up to 6 months after the last comment made. For all other posts, commenting will time out after 60 days. I felt like this addition was necessary because older posts tend to be breeding grounds for comment spam, and some topics simply need to be closed…
  • Stylesheet Updates – The site will most likely appear broken in areas over the next couple of weeks. I’m going to be working on simplifying the underlying CSS of my site in preparation for a Version XVI launch towards the beginning of the year.

4 thoughts on “Minor Updates

  1. I did in fact notice that the site loaded faster. I think you made a good call on timing out comments too. Textpattern has this built in to the feature set and I set it to time out comments after 6 weeks. It _definitely_ cuts down on comment spam and it keeps the conversation on your site always fresh. I’m sure you have experienced someone randomly finding one of your really really really old posts via a google search and then commenting on it. You have to go back and reread your own post because you forgot what you said ;) . I hate that.

  2. I did in fact notice that the site loaded faster. I think you made a good call on timing out comments too. Textpattern has this built in to the feature set and I set it to time out comments after 6 weeks. It _definitely_ cuts down on comment spam and it keeps the conversation on your site always fresh. I’m sure you have experienced someone randomly finding one of your really really really old posts via a google search and then commenting on it. You have to go back and reread your own post because you forgot what you said ;) . I hate that.

  3. Are you smarter than a fifth grader?” It’s received 15 total comments, many of whom were left by people looking for information on how to get on the show. Anyways… more improvements ahead. Trying to make the best of WordPress before switching. I have been testing out other platforms though. Textpattern, Expression Engine, MovableType, Habari… all look pretty promising. If I can’t get WordPress to perform better, that switch may come sooner rather than later.

  4. Good, I’m glad you noticed a speed difference. That’s definitely what I was aiming for. And yeah, getting comments on older posts is nice, but a lot of times the information is old and out-dated… and new comments aren’t really necessary. Case in point… I posted a blurb several months ago about “Are you smarter than a fifth grader?” It’s received 15 total comments, many of whom were left by people looking for information on how to get on the show. Anyways… more improvements ahead. Trying to make the best of WordPress before switching. I have been testing out other platforms though. Textpattern, Expression Engine, MovableType, Habari… all look pretty promising. If I can’t get WordPress to perform better, that switch may come sooner rather than later.

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