A quick change of themes, I was getting less and less happy with bhost, that is not to say its a bad theme, just I wasn’t happy with how it looked, I am now using baskerville. One of the things this new theme allowed me to do was stop using the wp-tiles plug-in which was looking a little long in the tooth.
Cloud Flare and Edge CDN.
The method of dealing with this is to adjust Firewall Access Rules on the cloud flare ‘Firewall’ panel of the dashboard,
Cloud Flare uses the two-letter code ‘T1’ for Tor, so you want to type something like:
I have chosen to whitelist Tor on all sites that I use Cloud Flare with, the rule then appears as follows:
The advantages of using Cloud Flare is it saves me about 13% of my server load, and about 25% of all media is served by them rather than me, (it also gives me IPv6 for free), They also give me good access to https (TLS v1.3), the settings I have changed on my Crypto tab are:
I also use Cloud flare to help speed up my site
Caching Settings are as follows:
On the Network page I have added IPv6 compatibility (I said you won it for free).
From the Apps page I turn on Google Analytics, (Google Webmaster tools is done as TXT record)
For a long long time I didn’t like the idea of using Jetpack as I didn’t like the idea of sending Data to Automattic, however since I have Cloudflare in the loop, Google for Analytics, it doesn’t really matter, the settings I have turned on in Jetpack are:
- Site Stats
- Related Posts
- Enhanced Distribution
- Tiled Galleries (tick ‘Display all your gallery pictures in a cool mosaic’)
- Shortcode Embeds
- Beautiful Maths
Photon is an image acceleration and editing service for sites hosted on WordPress.com or on Jetpack-connected WordPress sites. That means less load on your host and faster images for your readers
Revisions in WordPress
I don’t need too many revisions of posts, sometimes I manage to get to at least a dozen so lets cull them too, you need to edit your wp-config.php in the WordPress install folder:
define('AUTOSAVE_INTERVAL', 300); // number in seconds
This code will not automagically wipe out all the revisions across the site, however you can use wp-optimize to clean the database.
I installed Autoptimize to reduce the size of the HTML code, Optimise JS and CSS, this plugin caches the compressed output, makes the CSS and JS all one file, as well as stripping the white space out of generated HTML.