WassupBlog’s Milestone 300th Post

I'm pretty sure I've never done one of these posts before but I'm sure that if there's one floating around somewhere someone out there will remind me of the fact. :tongue_laugh_ee: My first ever post, Wassup Blog Is Here To Entrance And Enthrall The Reader, and I dearly hope that in that time there have been one or two posts that have managed to do just that. That particular post was was posted on August the 9th 2008 and only received two comments, one of which was mine the other belonged to my good blogging mate Mitch, who out of all the possible super powers would love longevity. Since that first post went live I think I've managed to acquire a respectful readership and I think a lot of that has been due to the fact that I tell people how it is and I don't try to gain their respect only to try and sell them something at a later date. Sure I promote many affiliates but unless I've actually tried them I don't try to fool people into assuming that I have when I haven't. What I find really amazing is that in that time this blog has received over 11500 comments. I reckon that's pretty good when you consider that all my other blogs, which you can read about in my About page, have received 3951 comments out of the 2866 posts That I've written on them. So, why has this blog out performed all those other blogs? Basically…

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The Need For Speed Computer Style

In my last post I talked about some measures that I've taken to speed up my WordPress blog and while this is something I have to do every now and again I'm lucky enough not to have to worry about my PC. I used to worry about it some time back when I used to take ages deleting old files and stuff in order to get the old gal to go a little faster but now I've got a little utility to do it for me. The program I use is called TuneUp Utilities and I've set it up to scan my computer every Friday. So, every Friday at 5.15 pm it searches the hard drive and corrects any registry problems, removes invalid shortcuts, frees up disk space and optimizes hard disk performance.  As you can see from the following image of the start page although my PC is fully optimized I have one problem that threatens my overall computer health. Clicking on the link tells me that I haven't checked the hard drive for errors over the last three months and that I should check it for errors using Tuneup Disk Doctor which it's now doing as I write this post. I admit it, I've been slack because although it does a rudimentary cleanup of the system during it's weekly checkup I do need to manually optimize it occasionally just so as to make sure it doesn't delete files that I still need. What I like most about it is it's…

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Speeding Up Your Blog To Keep Your Readers Happy

I've heard said that Google is now including the time it takes a page to load as part of  it's algorithm when calculating a site's PR. Too bad I don't give a crap about what PR Google gives me, but I am concerned about those who come to read my blogs. That being the case I am always wary of the amount of plugins I install so before adding any new ones I first have to decide which one get's the boot. I also make sure that any images I include in headers and stuff are always optimized to save on loading time. Several of the plugins I used are also meant to increase the speed of this blog. They include. Clean Up: As WordPress auto saves your posts these extra files increases the size of your MSQL database and this plugin removes those extra files. WP-Cache: I used to use Super Cache but it was acting up so I reverted to this plugin which works very well. Basically it caches your files thereby improving the loading time of those sites using it. WP Minify: "This plugin helps you easily integrate the Minify engine into your WordPress blog. Once enabled, this plugin will combine and compress JS and CSS files to improve page load time" WP Widget Cache: Used in conjunction with  WP-Cache this plugin caches the output of your blog widgets and is supposed to reduce the SQL queries to the database thereby speeding up the  site. There are other things…

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