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High traffic WordPress hosting

on June 29, 2014 in WordPress with 3 comments by
Although I have a rather large amount of servers at my disposal, for some time I’ve had my personal website hosted with 5quidhost on one of their Turbo pans.  They’re an UK-based company with headquarters in Scotland, and have recently celebrated their 10th anniversary.  They also rank quite high on TrustPilot, usually 1st or 2nd place.

In March I snapped up a domain that I had been waiting for a long time to become available: myatu.com. In fact, it is the reason why the current domain name has an “s” in it. I was aware of the content the previous owner had hosted on that domain name, but I had no idea how popular it was. So when that domain was transferred into my ownership, its traffic followed.

Generally, my website generates just a few thousand page views per day with the occasional spike, mainly for the Proxmox how-to guides (which I really should update one of these days!).  Though around the end of March, this jumped to 24,000 page+ page views per day. Between March 27 and April 5th, more than 157,000 page views were generated, and is currently handling between 250,000 and 450,000 page views per week.

So, how did the website cope with this? Perfectly fine! It isn’t the first time the website has been hit with a large amount of page views, so I had already prepared the website for this. And the magic ingredient for that is: cache.
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on May 5, 2012 in WordPress with 34 comments by
Cookie Sandwich by Neil Conway

Note! This plugin has been deprecated; it is no longer maintained nor supported.

Cookillian is a WordPress plugin that makes it easier for your WordPress site to comply with the EC Cookie Directive, which affects the United Kingdom on May 25th 2012 and other European countries.

Cookillian will automatically detect if a visitor is located in one of the countries defined by you – likely the countries affected by the EC Cookie Direcitve – and will automatically disable any cookies that are set from within WordPress or a 3rd party plugin. The user will then be presented with an fully customizable alert about cookies, and given the option to opt in or out of using cookies. read more →

Background Manager version 1.0.24 released

on March 4, 2012 in WordPress with 4 comments by

Today brings us version 1.0.24 of Background Manager.

This fixes a bug a rather odd bug, which only occurred when the front page was a static Post Page (Admin Dashboard -> Settings -> Reading). In those cases, neither the front page nor the page used as the static page would have a background – at all. read more →

Background Manager version 1.0.22 released

on February 18, 2012 in WordPress with no comments by

A new version of Background Manager version 1.0.22 has been released today.

This version introduces the option to place a “Pin It” button from Pinterest on backgrounds. This will allow visitors to add the background image to their Pin boards with a simple click of a button. read more →

Background Manager version 1.0.18 released

on February 12, 2012 in WordPress with no comments by

Today Background Manager version 1.0.18 has been released, and brings a few minor changes and a bug fix.

There was a minor bug in the public-side JavaScript, which gave some error messages in browsers with a JavaScript console enabled. It didn’t affect the actual functioning of the script, but nevertheless needed addressing. read more →

Background Manager version 1.0.14 released

on February 6, 2012 in WordPress with 1 comment by

Version 1.0.14 of Background Manager was released today, fixing a few more bugs and introducing yet more new features!

There was a minor bug, which prevented you from adding images already in the WordPress Media Library, which has now been corrected. Coincidentally, this also allowed me to add a feature allowing you to re-using images that have already been attached to another Post, Page or Image Set. This effectively bypasses a limitation by WordPress. read more →

Background Manager version 1.0.6 released

on January 28, 2012 in WordPress with no comments by

Version 1.0.6 of Background Manager has been released today!

There were a few minor bug fixes based on reports from other users. I have also changed the code for the ‘Slide’ and ‘Cover’ effects as they did not account for browser windows smaller than 1024 pixels wide. This width is the ‘cut-off’ for the CSS code Background Manager uses and will not reduce background images any smaller than that, switching to centering instead. read more →

Background Manager version 1.0 released

on January 21, 2012 in WordPress with no comments by

Background Manager has progressed out of its Beta stage with today’s release of version 1.0!

New features have been added, which allows you to select from a number of Transition Effects – or none at all – for the background images. This applies only to full-screen background images that change at a specified interval. The effects, in addition to the original Crossfade, include Slide and Cover. The Slide effect “pushes” the old image out of the way, whereas the Cover effect will slide a new image on top of the old one. This can be set to happen from any of the four positions on the screen. It is also possible to set the Transition Speed now, which before was fixed to 600 milliseconds – it can now be set from 100ms (0.1 second) to 7500ms (7.5 seconds). read more →

Background Manager version 0.9.3 released

on January 14, 2012 in WordPress with 1 comment by

An update to Background Manager (0.9.3) has been released today, which adds support for a user-defined background opacity. In combination with the background color, this will allow the user to set a “brightness” of the background, without having to edit any of the images.

The update also addresses an issue where background overrides, either on a page, post or a custom post type, would not be honored if the plugin was set to select a random image at each browser session. It would remember only the first random image, regardless whether the current viewed post or pages used a different image set. read more →

Background Manager

on December 30, 2011 in WordPress with 98 comments by

Note! This plugin has been deprecated; it is no longer maintained nor supported.

Background Manager, the successor to WP Flickr Background, is a powerful replacement for the default WordPress background manager.

It allows you to create multiple image sets, from which a random image is selected and displayed as the website background. The images can be uploaded from your local computer, selected from images available in your Media Library, or import them from other plugins and third-party sources.

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