finding help with – WordPress multisite mapping issues and/or domain issues

I’ve started feeling like helping anyone in a public forum, such as Quora or the WordPress support forums, with WordPress multisite mapping issues and/or domain issues where I’m not given the domains is just too much like trying to build a ship in a bottle… Just way too much you can’t see or can’t touch because the bottle glass is in the way or distorting the view.

I understand that many people don’t want to expose their domain names but there are way too many variables starting with the domain name registration. I’ve had people tell me of their chosen domain name to find they misspelled it, plan to buy it in the future, and/or it’s not available for one of many reasons.

I’ve had them tell me WordPress keeps answering with a 404 error no matter what they do just to discover the error page is some custom page their host, their control panel, their CDN, or else their Proxy service gives out in lieu of a proper error page.

I did look over the details you gave but that’s a poor second to watching a ‘success or failure’ on my own screen when I look on my own system. So read the many answers already offered for this subject across the Web and including this forum. Read the multitude of documents already available. If you can’t then figure it out ask again but give all the details you can give.

In your case, it may also be a cache issue… quick way to find out is to go to another PC, laptop, or notebook even and type in the domain… that’s exactly what I would have done from here if I’d been given your domain name… and I’d probably have drilled down further into the issue if that would not have worked.

Please also remember that the WordPress moderation team doesn’t redact domain information on their forums after the fact… If you really don’t want to expose your domain names publically then hire someone who can (WILL) sign an NDA or won’t expose your information unnecessarily.

PS. If you really need my attention specifically then Quora gives me a bit more options up to and including personal contact via email or phone even. https://www.quora.com/profile/Jeff-Hawkins-1

I’m playing with an Idea

I’m thinking about building a WordPress website astride a pair or trio of VPS…

My thoughts are the website itself on Multisite WordPress… the MySQL database sharded across the three servers, an IPFS file server, Diaspora, Mastodon, and a Nginx proxy for the website.

I’m anticipating a second multisite to run the backend offloaded RSS and content editing tasks…

I’m thinking of dropping all the paperwork and a laptop to admin the whole system into a  briefcase. That laptop would have all the tools I use to run a website including a set of backup files. a local host for testing purposes, a copy of HTTrack, the guided Tour files, and remote MySQL for maintenance.

I’m toying with the WordPress itself being static and headless, with a CDN to serve up files and Cloudflare.

This would be a great multifaceted social networking site with the Diaspora and Mastodon twins, a really nice website to tie this all together and enough tools and horsepower that the new owner could run a WordPress based webhosting operation off the system.

The servers would most likely run a VestaCP control panel to ease some of the chores and I’m thinking package the whole with some sort of domain resellers hosting so the whole operation could offer a one-stop shop operation.

Maybe formed up as a LLC would make it easy enough to sell off once I’m satisfied with it.

I’m interested in your thoughts…

Fiber Optic Internet

I was reading something yesterday about how America needed a strong Fiber Optic Network policy.

That sounds so very cool and I really would like to have Fiber Optic Internet and the speeds it promises but… Fiber is an upgrade to what we have… it’s not the answer. I’m thinking we need more connectivity and multi-homed routing within our homes, schools, shops, and offices.

My vision is Internet connectivity via the power lines that serve any building that is ‘on the grid’. If you have commercial power and an appropriate router then you’ll have the basic Internet. You’ll have a static IPV6 internet address. It might not be fast but it would be available normally.

I’m also thinking DSL should be available wherever someone would want a telephone on the ‘POTS’ system… the regular dialup system supplanted by DSL. With that power line router now being multihomed with both the powerline and the DSL connection.

So, a home or office would have a basic power line Internet connection and, if they wanted a phone, they would have a faster, multihomed Internet connection making use of that powerline Internet and the phone line’s DSL service.

I’m thinking the power company would provide the Internet connection for free to any consumer who has an account in good standing. The router would be leased for a very low fee and possibly provided for anyone with a student of any sort for free. There could be upgraded routers and plans to create a secondary business for the power company or their designated subsidiary or contractor(s).

Those people opting for a DSL service would then return the power company’s router and make use of the phone companies router with a supplementary powerline connection. (You need power for the router anyway, so adding a simple Powerline Internet interface to the DSL router shouldn’t be that difficult.

A further option would be the use of any cellular bandwidth available when the cell subscriber is home… The cell phone(s) would be placed in a charging cradle that would multi-home the cell phone’s internet connectivity with the power company’s and/or the DSL router(s).

A hierarchal system of connectivity payments would then pay the power company a small fee for providing the lowest level of internet service where the basic Internet connection resides.

The next level above cellular would be the cable router for those people who opted for a cable company service. That router would replace any powerline, cellular, or DSL router. A system of trickle down payments would compensate the lower level providers for the enhanced services and bandwidth they might offer.

So how would it work? You’d fire up your PC and immediately have the Internet via the powerline connection. That would be a basic level service which could actually be fine for most users.

Next level would be that DSL service if the subscriber opted for a landline.

Next up would be the ‘cradled’ cell phone connections sitting in the charging/docking routers.

After that might be the broadband cable modem… There’s then that fiber Optic service and any other technologies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My thoughts on WordPress and SEO

Someone on Quora keeps asking me questions about SEO…

I don’t know much of anything about SEO… The only thing I can say about SEO on WordPress is ‘Yoast‘ and a reminder that ‘Content is King’! Seems most of the people asking SEO questions don’t know diddly about either of those.

When pressed further I’ll usually mention running the Broken Link Checker and the Trash Duplicates and 301 Redirect Generator. Trash Duplicates is kind of cool for its really handy 301 redirect generator. Duplicate Posts are not really cool… especially if there are comments enabled… you’ll wind up with dual comment threads if you have duplicate posts.

Do run the Trach Duplicates plugin and do let it fix your 301 redirects as it deletes those duplicates.

So, if you agree that ‘Content is King’ on a WordPress based (or any) web site, then getting that content exposed to the public would be the bailiwick of your RSS/Atom feeds and the sitemaps. WordPress has built-in support for RSS and Atom feeds or Syndication.

Yoast SEO has a very well behaved Sitemap generator.

Sitemaps are for the robots among us, those robotic search engines and web crawlers consume sitemaps and return links. But there a secondary Sitemap you should consider. Most people put a good bit of work into their main menu… they should! But I like to run a very intensive textual menu in my footers with an HTML sitemap embedded in it.

This is the plugin I’ve used most recently https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-sitemap-page/ as it has a shortcode that can be embedded in the site’s footer. That’s where I like the HTML sitemap… right there where it’s useful for the reader seeking more info after devouring a page or post on your site.