How to speed up your WordPress Blog

Friday, June 18th, 2010 | Business | 2 Comments

I finally got around to speeding up my WordPress blog and wanted to share with everyone the various things I did.  I reduced my average page load time on certain pages from 15 seconds to about 1.5 seconds.  That’s a big change.

My favorite test was a quick click through.  On my new host I timed 6 page loads down to about 5 seconds.  When I did the same test on my old setup, it took about 20 seconds (I know, below the 15 seconds average, that was really only for 1 page, but one of my most trafficked pages).

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Windows 7 Tips and Tweaks

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 | Business | 1 Comment

Now that I have a new operating system, Windows 7 64-bit, I must tweak.

My first few ventures out on the net looking for information returned the following 2 helpful articles:

  1. 20 Windows 7 Tweaks & Tips – Every Secret Uncovered to Date
    This covers a good number of the tweaks and tricks I had seen out there, including some very helpful and cool keyboard shortcuts.
  2. Start Explorer in Drive View
    I hate having explorer open up to “My Music”, “My Videos” etc.  Who uses that really?  This tells you how to get it back to how it should be.
  3. The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets
    A bit dated (January 2009), but still includes many hints about how to use Windows 7 to its fullest.

Some Keyboard Shortcuts That are Awesome

  • Windows + Up
    Maximizes the window
  • Windows +Down
    Lowers the window height, Max -> Restore, Restore -> Minimized (be careful, you can’t go from Minimized to Restore with Windows + Up, only Restore to maximized)
  • Windows + Left
    Great for Side by Siding, this makes the window take up the left 50% of the screen it is on
  • Windows + Right
    Exact opposite of Windows + Left, duh
  • Windows + Shift + Left
    Great multiple monitor support — moves windows to the next monitor on the left
  • Windows + Shift + Right
    Take a guess?  It moves windows to the monitor to the right
  • Windows + Home
    Hides all “other” windows (hmm, just like on OS X) so you can focus.
  • Windows + [Number]
    Just like in Vista, Windows + 1 corresponds to the first icon in the taskbar, Windows + 2 the 2nd, and so forth
  • Windows + Shift + [Number]
    Haven’t seen this one listed yet, but it launches another instance of the application, instead of focusing on it.  Much like the old Vista quick launch functionality
  • Windows + Space
    Lets you take a quick peak at your desktop through all the windows, it looks cool — not sure if there are many useful applications of this

I love how Microsoft is addressing the needs of the multiple monitor community.  Back in 1999 I thought I was among a very select crowd.  Nowadays almost everyone I know (especially in tech roles) has multiple monitors in at least 1 of their computing locations (usually work).

More to come!

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