Enough with the content algorithms!

I'm writing this because I've had enough of the mindf***ing algorithms that every single social media service employs these days, in varying flavors. What do I mean? Well, have you indicated your preference for something on Facebook? Are you surprised by the fact that the posts you see are always geared toward those preferences? Are you [...]

SmugMug, are you listening?

I'm disappointed with SmugMug over their continued lack of support for proper export and maintenance of photographs directly from Lightroom. Back in July, I wrote about the Flickr Publish Service in Lightroom, and wondered when SmugMug would introduce their own. What I was really looking for (and I said this in the post) was a [...]

Site migration complete

Last night, I completed what could be called an unusual site migration. I went from a self-hosted WP install to WP.com. That's right, my full site is now hosted at my WP.com account. People usually migrate from WP.com to WP self-installs after their site gets big and they decide they want more options, like the [...]

Are you really backing up your WP blog?

When those of us with self-hosted WordPress blogs back up our content using the built-in WXR functionality, do we ever check the downloaded XML file? Until recently, I didn't worry about it. I'd click on the Export button, copy the WXR file to a backup folder and think my blog was safe, but I was [...]

Changed all site URLs

I pushed through some major changes to site URLs tonight. Every single site URL has now changed as a result, but the change is good, and all old URLs should still work just fine, seamlessly redirecting visitors to the new URLs. Just in case though, please let me know if you find a non-working URL. [...]

Google Health is a good thing

When it launched a few weeks ago, Google Health received fairly lackluster reviews. Privacy issues and lack of features were the main complaints. Well, I'm here to tell you those initial views are wrong. Even if you're a long-time reader of my site, you may not know what qualifies me to make that statement, so [...]

How to install or upgrade WordPress via SSH

If you know how to log in via SSH (Secure Shell Access), then you will be able to upgrade your WordPress site in three minutes or less by using the following lines of code. I have to admit right away that I'm highly indebted to this pre-existing tutorial from Techtites. But that tutorial is a [...]

But what happens if you die?

This is a bit of a rant, but a recent comment on one of my articles reminded of an argument I sometimes hear as a consultant. It goes something like this: "But what happens if you die?" I cringe when I hear it -- not because I can't defend it -- because I find it [...]