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WORDPRESS 5

WordPress 5 has been released and so far no serious issues. The classic editor is updated after WP5 is installed. Some sites threw a HTTP 500 error but when refreshed they showed WP5 was installed.  

DUMPED BY GURU.COM

We are well recognized as expert developers but over at Guru.com they seem to want to pay well below the minimum wage. Here in Canada we have a higher cost basis compared to outside the western world. Guru.com has actually dumped our account. Their loss. Many jobs offer only $250 for work that can take …

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IBM BUYS RED HAT

IBM has stepped up to buy Red Hat. red Hat is a well known distributor of Linux which is aimed at enterprise customers. IBM has offered $34 billion in cash which is a large premium over the Friday close for Red Hat. The move by IBM brings them more in tune with the growth story …

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THEME UPDATE CRASHED A SITE

A recent update to the theme used on one of our sites and others caused a problem with WordPress. Unfortunately HTTP 500 errors are notoriously difficult to pin down. After removing all of the plugins and the site still threw HTTP 500 errors, we then turned to the theme to attempt to get the site …

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WP SORRY YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED…

WP users often run across the error that they are not allowed to post. Going back leads to an empty form. This error has been random and devilishly hard to figure out why,. Some sites have several suggestions, all of which are useless. Generally the error is transient, starting over usually results in a successful …

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NEW DATABASE SERVER

After testing an upgrade we deployed a new virtual machine with Azure with Ubuntu 18.04 for our database. The old A0 VM is actually costs a few pesos more than the new B1s VM which makes this new platform more cost effective. The CPU load for the blade server is reduced considerably  as well which …

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UPGRADING OUR DATABASE SERVER

We updated our Linux VM from Ubuntu 16.04 to 18.04 so that we could be ready for another few years without problems. Unfortunately the update reset the config file so we had to hunt around to fix it. sudo nano /etc/mysql/mysql.conf.d/mysqld.cnf We had to change bind-address = 127.0.0.1 to 0.0.0.0 so our sites would connect, fixed …

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EU VOTES TO BAN OPEN SOURCE

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The EU’s Legal Affairs Committee voted in favour of the legislation—but it needs parliamentary approval to become law. These numskulls do not realize that open source powers almost all websites. WordPress along represents over 60% of websites. Another numskull move is the link tax for search engines to send traffic to  media companies All that …

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CENTER ALIGN ADVERTISEMENTS

Sometimes a a web developer wants to center align an advertisement to make it fit the page style or to act as a page break etc. There are several ways to do this depending on the type of ad in use. Today most advertisements are JavaScript code snippets so its simple to use a <div> …

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PHP 7.2 AND WORDPRESS 4.9.4 OUTPERFORM

PHP 7.2 has managed to improve server performance rather significantly. It even outperforms the  HipHop Virtual Machine that Facebook developed to compile scripts in a big to increase performance. Kinsta benchmarked several CMS systems in addition to WordPress and PHO 7.2 delivered the best results across the board. We use WordPress is easily popular choice for …

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