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Sci-Fi & Me – Jeremy Keith – Stay Curious Café by beyond tellerrand – YouTube

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Here’s the video of the talk I gave on Wednesday evening all about my relationship with reading science fiction. There are handy chapter markers if you want to jump around. < div><a class="videoimglink" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TLp5ru2LqQ" onclick="event.preventDefault();this.parentNode.className='embed';this.parentNode.innerHTML='

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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