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May
27
comment Is there any way to simulate a slow connection between my server and an iPad (without installing anything on the server)?
I think @MonkeyZeus's suggestion is a good one. You could probably use some QoS settings in a router that lacks other throttle settings to simulate. Another option would be to use the Windows throttle method, but then broadcast a wireless network from Windows (look up "Windows hosted network") and share the throttle connection with that wireless connection. A hack, but it'd do the job, I think.
Apr
12
comment Best process for upgrading a live server
If you need to access both mysite.com and testing.mysite.com simultaneously, then yes, that wouldn't work. But since your hosts file would only affect you, you could use it to toggle between them. If mysite.com can handle being accessed at testing.mysite.com though, I'd go with the route you're taking too.
Apr
11
comment Best process for upgrading a live server
If this is too vague a starting point, then just comment again, and wee can flesh out a specific strategy, or feel free to email me at the address listed at the bottom on my website (linked from my profile). Really this question is probably another question on this site, but this current question is good context for it.
Apr
11
comment Best process for upgrading a live server
I'd suggest entering an alternate DNS entry such as "testing.yoursite.com" or "staging.yoursite.com" for easy use, but you could probably also use just the IP address unless Apache is using virtual hosts and needs the hostname match. In that case, or if the site has hardcoded needs to be referenced as "yoursite.com" only (this is a good time to remove those though), you could make a hosts file reference to the new VPS IP address so that you can reference it as "yoursite.com" - just make sure to switch it back afterward so you can access the real site.
Apr
8
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Apr
8
comment Google jQuery hosted library - is it any good?
@EamonNerbonne - I'd be interested in a link for your thoughts on that (if any). CDNs are far more than about bandwidth - they're about geographic proximity, which can very much reduce the roundtrip time for a request.
Mar
11
answered Best process for upgrading a live server
Jan
13
comment How to prevent Blogger from converting relative URLs to absolute URLs
Have you tried an explicit relative url (./rest/of/url.html)? The post you link to only has the implicit relative url (rest/of/url.html). Or do they process the ./ out as well?
Sep
3
comment How to get less visits to my website?
A suggestion: Linking to information on the IP range would be a way to make this answer much more useful. I'd suspect that spammers are not confined to a defined block of IPs, and that it changes regularly. Is there a service you use to keep up to date on the set of IPs in use by spambots (a la Akismet?).
Sep
3
comment How to get less visits to my website?
I think this solution, or a similar one in which you negotiate a separate rate for visits by bots, is the better way to handle this problem. Maybe both.
May
21
comment How long to Retain Newsletter Images?
Agreed, a simple measurement could be huge here.
Feb
18
comment When should a webmaster call it a day POST Penguin & Panda?
This may sounds stupid, but is restarting an option? If he still sells a good product, and has new content, can he start over on a new site (new domain, new text again, same infrastructure, similar products) in a way that would get him into the rankings quickly enough to make some income? I realize that this is drastic (and risky since many of the subjective SEO elements won't be in place), but may be something to consider. Dump old site, except for existing clients, start with new.
Oct
30
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Oct
29
answered Strategies for very fast delivery of webpages
Oct
8
comment Pros and Cons of Buying Common Website Mispellings
I think even if they don't notice the changed URL, if your logo is clear, it should help mitigate any brand confusion, etc
Oct
7
comment How important is responsive web design?
@initall - Responsive design can make your site take longer to load on a mobile device depending on how you would have designed your mobile-only site. If it would have had a smaller page size (less up-front content, fewer libraries, etc), then maybe your site will take longer than it could have on a mobile device. Still, it's probably good to optimize a single site for low-bandwidth networks instead, but it's something to be aware of.
Sep
24
comment Can´t verify my site on Google (error 403 Forbidden). I have other sites in the same host with no problems whatsoever
Do you have a .htaccess file? If so, what does it say about your root directory where the verification file is? Is it possible that Drupal has rewrite rules that cover that request and direct it to a folder where a url like that is forbidden/has server security in place? I'd start with your .htaccess file if you do have one.
Jun
18
comment Turning my website into a non-profit
Transferring to a nonprofit that has an aligned mission would be the better bet. Setting up a nonprofit (as someone who has done this for a website) is likely going to involved as much or more overhead for you than running the site, depending on your current workload for it. I'd suggest you look for an established organization that seems like they could continue the program/site.
Jun
11
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