Blog tweaking & updates

tweaking dilbert

I have been spending some time tweaking this blog the last few days. Most of the tweaks are under the hood, some have to do the blog hosting, some have to do with SEO optimization, some have to do with the blog security. Blogging isn’t new to me as I’ve blogged on various sites for over 11+ years but this is really the first time that I am hosting a blog on myself rather than relying on Blogspot or WordPress. Boy there are a lot of things I need to look after. I still have a bit of tweaking that I would like to do and if possible I’d like to update the blog theme as well. I just need to spend some time finding a theme that I like and play around with the layout.

If you haven’t noticed, I also played a little bit of the side bar layout as well. I have moved up the newsletter sign up box. If you like the posts I’ve written and would like to keep in touch, please subscribe to the newsletter on your right.

After much consideration I also decided to add a Facebook fan page. Feel free to like it. If you’re on Twitter and would like to keep in touch or read my completely random tweets from time to time, feel free to follow me.

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Now back to more under the hood tweaking.

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28 Comments

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    Emily @ Simple Cheap Mom
    February 27, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Going to head over to Facebook to like you now!

    I’m a new blogger and I’m finding it hard enough keeping up wtih Blogspot! I don’t think that I could switch to self hosted any time soon! Enjoy the rabbit hole I’m imagining you’re going down right now!

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      March 2, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      Hi Emily,

      Definitely going down the rabbit hole for me…. getting more and more stuff uncovered.

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    Dividend Diplomats
    February 27, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Tawcan,

    Nice. and honestly — it took only a second for your page to load for me, when in the past it sometimes takes 30 seconds or so +. Was that one of the improvements?

    -Lanny

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      March 2, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      Hi Lanny,

      I think that’s one of the improvements that I made. Great to see the blog is loading faster now.

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    MP
    February 27, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Good luck mate! It’s true that when one think blogging, he thinks about typing some blabla on a computer keyboard.
    But there is so much more than that under the hood!!!

    Have fun because if you like it, I think the technical part is as interesting as the writing part!

    Have a nice week-end!

    Cheers from Switzerland,
    MP

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      March 2, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      Hi MP,

      It’s fun tweaking under the hood and see the performance boost.

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    My Own Advisor
    February 28, 2015 at 6:22 am

    Already following on Twitter!

    Some good site changes already.

    Cheers,
    Mark

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      March 2, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      Thanks Mark!

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    BeSmartRich
    February 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I can already feel the speed difference. It takes 0.00001 second to load one of your post. Awesome job!

    Cheers,

    BeSmartRich

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      March 2, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      Great to see some speedy load time already.

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    Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank
    February 28, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Hi Tawcan, it seems like you did it well. It looks more appealing and like the side bar layout. I suggest that the social media icons could just move up and down when the page up and down move.Good luck!

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      March 2, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      Hi Jayson,

      Thanks for the suggestion. I will look into that.

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    FrugalitytoFinancialFreedom
    March 1, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Like!

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    Dividend Dreams
    March 1, 2015 at 11:27 am

    I agree with Dividend Diplomats. You page loads very fast which is a key SEO signal for Google. Keep up the good work.

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    Felix Money
    March 1, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    I know the people commenting before me said your page is loading much faster now, but I’ve experienced the opposite today. I’ve tried to load your page twice today and it took forever. I never had a problem before today. Anyways, I’m sure you’re working it out.

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      March 2, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      Hi Felix Money,

      Hmmm that’s odd it took so long to load the page. Maybe you visited while I was adding some stuff. Please let me know if you still have load time issue. Thanks.

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    Dividend Gremlin
    March 2, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Well you do a good job doing it on your own. I’m part of the generation that is supposed to know everything about technology, and honestly admit I cannot program worth a darn. (I think the millennial are really 2 generations, 1/2 before the fall of the USSR the other after cause those few years make a big difference).

    – Gremlin

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      March 2, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      Hi Dividend Gremlin,

      I’ve always been pretty handy so really like doing things like these myself. 🙂

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    Retireat50
    March 2, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Hi Tawan,

    I am not sure I would be able to leave the comfort of worldpress.com and start doing everything myself. How much time do you expect spending on your blog maintenance (without posting time)?

    Cheers, RA50

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      March 2, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      Hi RA50,

      I’m hosting wordpress site on my own domain. I think that’s what you’re doing too? I haven’t really done much in terms of blog maintenance. It’s mostly tweaks here and there. 🙂

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    Barry @ Moneywehave
    March 2, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    I’ve been blogging for the last year through WordPress, I don’t know how anyone blogs without it. I would drive myself nuts if I had to do everything on my own.

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      March 2, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      Hi Barry,

      This blog is done on WordPress too but like you I’m hosting the blog on my own server. I’ve written blogs via WordPress.org, while free services are great and all there are too many restrictions and limitations.

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    Martin
    March 2, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Blogging is a tough work. When I started in 2008 I thought it would be a piece of cake and I will get rich from advertising.

    Yea, sure.

    Well, I was learning from other bloggers like you what work is needed, so keep up your work and be an example for those who come in this blogging world later on.

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    No More Waffles
    March 3, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Tawcan,

    Man, your blog’s loading speed has increased a thousand fold! Share some of your sorcery with us? 🙂

    Sometimes I like tinkering with my blog a little too much in that it gets in the way of actually pushing out content. I guess there are worse things though.

    Cheers,
    NMW

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      March 4, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      Hi NMW,

      I did some tweaking on the host side of things and also added some page caching and optimization plugins.

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    Asset Grinder
    March 3, 2015 at 9:59 am

    After tweaking quite a bit I just gave up lol. This is coming from a guy that still types with two fingers and looks down. Think I am just gonna stay on blogger for now. Complicated enough for me, I dont need any new drama in my life !!

    I miss the color header on ypur old site, Just a lil pop. I considered getting a nice looking banner made on fivver for $5 but I am lazy .

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    Vawt
    March 4, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Reading on my phone right now and it still loaded almost instantly. Well done!

    I started following on Twitter, too,

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