The Quest For Speed

January 18th, 2011

A little more than a month ago, I logged into my Google Webmaster Tools account and to check if Google had detected any crawl errors or any other problems with my site. Finding everything in good order, I was just about to close the browser tab when I noticed […] Continue Reading…

How To Quickly Check Domain Availability

January 4th, 2011

Have you ever wondered how those domain suggestion sites can check so many domain names so quickly? This is how.

Below I’ve listed three techniques for checking domain availability. They’re ordered (loosely) from fastest/cheapest/least accurate to slowest/priciest/most accurate. Ideally, you would run each domain through all three in order, and […] Continue Reading…

Broken Link Checker – All Free Again

December 27th, 2010

The “Pro” version of Broken Link Checker has been discontinued. All features that were previously paid-only have been merged into the free version. This includes (among others):

Internationalized domain name support.
The ability to check embedded videos from popular video hosting sites (e.g. YouTube).
The ability to check links to popular file […] Continue Reading…

The Three Temptations Of Meta

December 16th, 2010

Today I was going to post a new WordPress plugin. I had the screenshots prepared, the .zip archive uploaded, and a halfway decent headline already in mind. The customary anxiousness of being faced with a blank text field was also setting in, and with it the usual doubts – […] Continue Reading…

Where Did That JS/CSS Come From?

December 14th, 2010

If you run a WordPress site, chances are that you use plugins. If you use plugins, chances are that some of those plugins add their JavaScript or CSS files to your pages. And if there’s lots of JS/CSS on your pages, chances are that your site isn’t as fast […] Continue Reading…