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Moving iGerry to SSL

This week, I’ve decided to convert my site, igerry.com, to HTTPS by using SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt. Let’s Encrypt provides free SSL certificates to web site owners. Getting an SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt is just one part of the whole process of having a site support HTTPS connections.

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Since I’m running a WordPress site, I had to first convert URL references on my site which still use HTTP to start using HTTPS. I found a useful plugin called Better Search and Replace to help me find URL’s on my site and convert the links to HTTPS.

To make sure that visitors to iGerry use an encrypted HTTPS protocol connection, I’ve redirected incoming HTTP url’s to HTTPS url’s.

After I’ve got everthing working, I’ve finally updated my Google Analytics and Search Console configurations to start using the new HTTPS site.

Cheers.

WordPress is_mobile plugin updated

I finished updating my WordPress Kih is_mobile plugin over the weekend. No new features actually but just tested it for the newest version of WordPress. I’ve also started moving my coding projects page from TxTu to Code Stuff which is a more appropriate place for all my development project stuff.

The update is actually in preparation to adding more features to the is_mobile plugin. I was thinking of putting some automatic WordPress theme switching to the plugin to allow the average user to be able to use the plugin on their WordPress web sites. You can download the Kih is_mobile WordPress plugin from the Kih is_mobile project page over at Code Stuff.

Codestuff.com now uses the Chameleon WordPress theme

I’ve just finished converting my other web site, CodeStuff, to use the new WordPress theme I’ve created. I call the WordPress theme I’ve created as “Chameleon”. Now that codestuff.com has been converted, I’ll be posting more and more about my coding efforts on the codestuff.com website. If you’re interested in this little coding experiment / adventure I am doing, you can start subscribing to CodeStuff.

I’ve also placed links on CodeStuff to my other sites to make it easier for users to navigate around my sites as if it’s one cohesive site even though they are hosted on different domains. Once I’ve finished converting my other sites to the new Chameleon WordPress theme, I’ll then use it on other sites that I maintain. And hope make my life easier maintaining the sites using one code base.

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WordPress theme with web directory and photo gallery

Once I started to make a WordPress theme that would satisfy my needs, one of the things I’ve come to discover and like is how WordPress is so flexible. It’s not just a mere blogging tool and mind you it’s great as a personal publishing tool. But it’s also so flexible that I’d consider it to be more of a framework for doing lots of other things.

When I got started with my own blog, it didn’t take me long to realize that I need to have some other stuff on my blog. A couple of those things are a Web Directory and a Photo Gallery. Also depending on the topic of the blog, it would be nice to have a job board or classified ads with it.

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WordPress 2.7.1 now available

The WordPress development team has released version 2.7.1 of the WordPress blogging software. This is mainly a maintenance release which fixes several issues since version 2.7. If you’re currently using WordPress 2.7, you can use the new “Upgrade WordPress” feature by accessing Tools | Upgrade from the menu. You can read the announcement at the WordPress.org site or take a look at what was fixed in WordPress 2.7.1.

Filipino WordPress blog for Anime

This week while surfing for an interesting site, I came across a blog that features topics about Anime. The Filipino blogger who goes by the name of Jay has been maintaining the site since 2000 and has recently converted the web site to WordPress. Looks like Jay is also an avid gamer and has now tempered some of his gaming interests in favor of maintaining the PhilAmime WordPress blog.

Jay seems to also love transformer toys like this one on his post. 🙂 You can visit the Filipino wordpress blog about Anime at PhilAnime.com

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Essential plugins when starting your own WordPress blog

I’ve been blogging for some time. When I got into blogging, I have found some very useful free plugins that have been created by very good PHP developers. I thought I’d share them by starting off a list here on my personal blog. I’ll start off with several and update the list regularly.

To start off the list, I’ve listed five plugins that I found very essential in a basic blog. If you are a new blogger and trying to find what plugins you need to start your own WordPress site, read the list. I’ve found the plugins very useful and usually recommend them to those who wants to start their own blog.

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Make Money: How to integrate Amazon aStore to a WordPress blog

One of the many ways to make money is to sell items from the Amazon online store. Amazon.com has made it easy for anyone to make money online by selling the products available on their shop. All you need is to follow some steps and you’ll be able to start making money online via referral fees on the products that were sold.

What makes it even better is that if you have a WordPress blog, you can easily integrate an Amazon aStore into your blog. You can choose items that you want to sell within your WordPress site and even link to these items. The Amazon aStore can even be customized to integrate it’s look and feel with your WordPress blog.

I’ve created an Amazon aStore for my blog as an example of how easy the Amazon aStore can be integrated into WordPress. The Amazon aStore is free and costs nothing to maintain. You can earn referral fees for every item that you sell. The referral fees from Amazon can be sent to you via check upon reaching a certain level.

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WordPress 2.7 final just got released

Well, well, well. After several minutes of posting about WordPress 2.7 release candidate 2, the WordPress development team has just released the final 2.7 version of WordPress. You can now download WordPress 2.7. WordPress version 2.7 has a new admin user interface that includes a lot of usability improvements compared to the current 2.6.x branch. It user interface has also been overhauled to make more efficient use of the display screen real estate. New features also make it easier to manage your posts / pages by providing quick edit functions for modifying meta data of your posts and pages.

Upgrading from the current WordPress 2.6.5 version should be easy using its easy three step guide. If you’re new to blogging and would want to get your feet wet on using WordPress, you can try it out for free by signing up for an account at wordpress.com. If you want to have your own personal WordPress site and don’t know how setup one, you can contact me for services regarding setting a WordPress blog site.