Want to share your posts from your website to Social Networks automatically?

Don’t use a plugin to share your posts use Dlvr.it

You can use the excellent dlvr.it website. It allows you to connect your website and automatically post to most Social Networks for free. If you want more options you can pay for the upgrade which gives you more choices. The other advantage of not using a plugin is that it doesn’t slow down your server. I am starting to see that one of the key things of a website is the ability to outsource its work to other services.

One advantage of the Dlvr.it service are that it gives you time to change your post if you make a mistake. Sometimes even though you read it for mistakes you find a mistake after you Publish it. Well since it takes 30 minutes before it posts, you can change and fix your mistake and no one notices. The other advantage is that it includes the photo that you have in your post. I didn’t see any attached photos when I used JetPacks Publicize.

I had to switch to this service because the free Publicize which was part of WordPress JetPack was no longer available to me. I had written earlier that JetPack has a bad reputation for reliability, so I had to stop using it.

I had my site crash again yesterday and it was due to plugins that were not supported in the latest version of WordPress. It is crucial that you spend the time finding plugins that are compatible. I did not because I thought it was “good enough” that I found plugins that worked. It is not good enough. My goal is to have 100% plugin compatibility with the newest version of WordPress.

This is a list of the  Not useful WordPress plugins I’ve had direct experience with. If you have a blog look at that list and if you use any of those plugins you might have greater stability and speed if you stop using it. I have to say that this process of finding compatible plugins has sped my site up to the maximum speed score that places like Pingdom and Yslow evaluate. This discusses How to find plugins that affect your site performance. This is the best image gallery plugin I have found and compatible with the latest WordPress version. I once tried to secure my site using the Wangguard plugin but eventually I had to disable it. My current host has told me that they don’t allow any kind of security plugins since it can conflict with their site-wide security. This is a review of peformance testing plugins. I have found P3 to be very helpful in getting rid of plugins that hog resources.

 

Experiences with web service providers

My experiences with web service providers

I have been very pleased with my current hosting company InMotion Hosting. However it always helps to research the options – here are the best companies.

Email – Gmail is ok for email for personal use. Google for business is ok for email/cloud storage but it is not what people expect. Most people want Exchange and feel uncomfortable without knowing everything is what they have always known. Rackspace has been excellent in hosting exchange email for about $10 per person. Before Office 365 was popular this was my favorite option for clients. Now with the free features that Office 365 gives, most people are better served by using that for compatibility with others.

Website hostingRackspace has great reliability, and InMotion does as well. Rackspace is priced more for business and InMotion has very affordable plans. They both have outstanding service. With that said, if money is no object then the best web host is Websynthesis. (I am not an affiliate.) The cheapest plan they offer is $47 but that is a great value for all they do. They basically do everything that you would have to pay extra for with cheaper services. It is a great value. They are managed web hosting for WordPress and just focus on that. Since my site is WordPress I am considering going to them next year.

Website CMS – The choice of what you create your website with is huge. I tried many content systems and like WordPress the best. WordPress may have been for blogging originally but it does far more than that now. Many huge companies are using it and it remarkable how quickly you can do useful things with it. If you have tried to use SharePoint in the past to share information, WordPress is what SharePoint wishes it was.

Data Storage – I use Google Drive to store my data. DropBox keeps having security issues. If I were helping a company however, Box is the service I would use. They are the standard for enterprise storage and for many companies they work reliability.

Cloud computing – This is a tough one. It really depends on what you are doing. If you are a developer then Amazon is your best choice. If you are just looking for a computer to do general purpose computing then I would go with Rackspace/InMotion. Azure is bizarre in its interface and only a few months ago it had a major outage. AWS and everyone else has outages too so I wouldn’t put all of my eggs in one basket. I would strongly suggest that you have two cloud companies and one function as a backup if you need 100% uptime.

Computer Hardware – I prefer Macintosh computers since they tend to have less quality control issues. With Citrix and outsourced services, computing platforms continue to be less relevant. However the sad truth is that if you can use a mac to get your work done you can probably also use a Chromebook. Very few people who use a mac for video/graphical work couldn’t also get it done using a Linux system. There are many companies that have Mac/Linux systems and they seem to compliment each other better than the more traditional Mac/Windows combination. Even companies that do heavy graphic work now often use grid computing on Linux servers so the old model of huge hardware on the client side is no longer the trend. Most customers can work very well on a “consumer” system like a MacBook Air.