INFS 490 001: Advanced Web Design

Fall 2013 This class will focus upon the development of web sites using content management systems such as WordPress and Drupal. Topics will include deployment, configuration, performance optimization, security, recovery, SEO, and social network integration. Advanced responsive design utilizing HTML5 and CSS3 will also be discussed. This class will count as an upper division IS … Read more

Pingdom: A Resource for Testing Website Speed

The speed with which a page loads is very important! If a page loads too slowly, users simply leave. Also search engines often include page speed as a factor in ranking sites. Speed matters! There are many tools available to help evaluate the speed of a website. One that I often use is ┬áThis … Read more

Security and Convenience

“Security and convenience are at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to choosing a memorable password, and we are sometimes our own worst enemies.” Rebecca Mileham

Preventing WordPress Attacks

Recently a number of my WordPress based sites suffered an attack. Although I spent quite a bit of time attempting to clean the sites, I ended up deleting and rebuilding them (thank goodness for data-only backups!). As a result, I also explored ways to prevent this from happening again. There are MANY MANY steps to … Read more

Recovering from a WordPress Infection

Recently I noticed that many of my wordpress based web sites (including this one) were running very slowly. I also noticed that my hosting company was limiting my CPU cycles (their way of balancing load). To increase speed, I installed a highly-rated caching program, which generated tons of errors. At first I blamed the plugin…then … Read more

Server Outage

Please note that the hosting service used for this site experienced a massive outage recently. The outage is blamed on a massive power surge.


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