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…

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.

Dancing on the Beach

I want to get well and take my wife dancing. We never go dancing… but she sometimes will dance with me just a bit. The last time was a few years ago at Virginia Beach. I became very fatigued while walking the beach late one night with her and the grandkids so I started back to the motel but they couldn’t find me when they came back…

I had found a band playing and was there listening to them… She came looking for me and we swayed to the music for a while… It was a really good memory. Those little memories are the most wonderful things sometimes. A whole week at the beach boiled down to an hour listening to music and holding hands… swaying… smiling!

The only other memory I have of that trip was Ice Cream… mint chocolate chip… A huge cone. It was good and my grandkids laughing and playing on the beach… They thought I wasn’t having a good time… I was having the best time… just being me. Just being me with them!

WordPress Website Assistance

For several years now I’ve offered to help people with the technical side of their WordPress based websites.

I’ve done that professionally and I also do some voluntary work. Most of my voluntary efforts are concentrated by answering questions on Quora.com and further by participating in the support forums at WordPress dot org.

Links below…

https://www.quora.com/

https://wordpress.org/support/

I’ve noticed a lot of new blogs and startup businesses with questions. If you need help… find me or someone like me on those outlets.

I’m also available for a fee… I’ll do the technical side of your system for a rate starting at $600.00 for three continuous days.

That pretty much covers anything except design elements within WordPress and its environments.

If you just need to talk then I’m here for that, too. No charge as my time allows and I’ll be glad to help you through planning, domain name selection, possibly some design elements, and web hosting choices.

I usually say a perfectly fine business website or personal blog can be had for about $35.00 initial outlay.

I’m here if you need me.

 

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100 Best Books by Black Female Authors, 1850 – Present | ZORA

The ZORA Canon, our list of the 100 greatest books ever written by African American women, is one of a kind, yet it exists within a rich cultural tradition. As author and New York Times contributing opinion writer Kaitlyn Greenidge notes in “Why We Need to Acknowledge the African American Women’s Canon,” her insightful and moving introduction to the list, Black artists and cultural leaders have been compiling documents of this sort since the 1700s, first as part of an ongoing argument against White supremacy and slavery. Later, during Reconstruction, as a reminder to the newly literate Black population “that they were not alone.” Later still, to catalog the abundance of the Harlem Renaissance (the period that brought us Zora Neale Hurston, for whom ZORA is named). And in contemporary time, less to prove the value of Black women’s voices and their humanity than to “go about challenging the work of figuring out what this space would mean for us.”

Source: 100 Best Books by Black Female Authors, 1850 – Present | ZORA

Manton Reece – WordPress’s Gutenberg vs. Micro.blog

Project Gutenberg is the code name for a redesign of the WordPress post editor. It’s an ambitious change set to ship next month in WordPress 5.0. Taking inspiration from Medium and appealing to web authors who use WordPress more like a CMS than a blog, Gutenberg features a block-based design for visually laying out the text and elements of a web page.

As I test Gutenberg, I keep coming back to one question: is it good for blogging? The goal with Micro.blog is to make blogging easier so that more people will have their own site instead of delegating their web identity to a social network. Gutenberg is more flexible than today’s WordPress, but it’s also more complex for someone who just wants to type in a few sentences and hit publish.

I’ve been talking about this with Daniel on our podcast Core Intuition. Many WordPress users will love Gutenberg, but there will be a significant number who just want a simple posting interface for blogging.

Source: Manton Reece – WordPress’s Gutenberg vs. Micro.blog

Excelsior by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | Poetry Foundation

Excelsior

The shades of night were falling fast,
As through an Alpine village passed
A youth, who bore, ‘mid snow and ice,
A banner with the strange device,
      Excelsior!
His brow was sad; his eye beneath,
Flashed like a falchion from its sheath,
And like a silver clarion rung
The accents of that unknown tongue,
      Excelsior!
In happy homes he saw the light
Of household fires gleam warm and bright;
Above, the spectral glaciers shone,
And from his lips escaped a groan,
      Excelsior!
“Try not the Pass!” the old man said;
“Dark lowers the tempest overhead,
The roaring torrent is deep and wide!”
And loud that clarion voice replied,
      Excelsior!
“Oh stay,” the maiden said, “and rest
Thy weary head upon this breast! “
A tear stood in his bright blue eye,
But still he answered, with a sigh,
      Excelsior!
“Beware the pine-tree’s withered branch!
Beware the awful avalanche!”
This was the peasant’s last Good-night,
A voice replied, far up the height,
      Excelsior!
At break of day, as heavenward
The pious monks of Saint Bernard
Uttered the oft-repeated prayer,
A voice cried through the startled air,
      Excelsior!
A traveller, by the faithful hound,
Half-buried in the snow was found,
Still grasping in his hand of ice
That banner with the strange device,
      Excelsior!
There in the twilight cold and gray,
Lifeless, but beautiful, he lay,
And from the sky, serene and far,
A voice fell like a falling star,
      Excelsior!

Source: Excelsior by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | Poetry Foundation

El Dorado by Edgar Allan Poe – Poems | Academy of American Poets

El Dorado

Edgar Allan Poe – 1809-1849
   Gaily bedight,
   A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,
   Had journeyed long,
     Singing a song,
  In search of Eldorado.

   But he grew old,
   This knight so bold,
And o’er his heart a shadow
   Fell as he found
   No spot of ground
That looked like Eldorado.

   And, as his strength
   Failed him at length,
He met a pilgrim shadow;
   “Shadow,” said he,
   “Where can it be,
This land of Eldorado?”

   “Over the mountains
   Of the moon,
Down the valley of the shadow,
   Ride, boldly ride,”
   The shade replied,–
“If you seek for Eldorado!”

Source: El Dorado by Edgar Allan Poe – Poems | Academy of American Poets

How I Build Websites (A loose manifesto) – Rhoneisms

Here’s some loose and evolving thoughts about how I build websites. I’m mainly writing this for my own use and something I can point potential clients to about what I believe in. It may be of help to others as well. I’ll continue to update this post as other ideas/thoughts/statements/beliefs come up.I believe in simple, clean, fast, purpose built websites. I will not be clogging up the pipes with vapid stock photos or meaningless cruft. The websites I build have one purpose — information delivery. I build and design them to fulfill that goal. If you want fancy, you can find that everywhere and pay a price far higher than I charge for it. I don’t do that and those that hire me hire me because I don’t do that.Before I even begin to build a website for a client, I engage in a deep conversation around two simple questions: Who is coming here and what are they looking for? I design the entire site around the answers to those two questions.

Source: How I Build Websites (A loose manifesto) – Rhoneisms