Experience with MaxCDN’s Content Delivery Network

maxcdnHaving hosted several websites on a shared web hosting account, my sites were competing for resources with other websites. This often caused longer page loads and a reduction in traffic (since Google has also placed emphasis on page load duration for its search results rankings). Hence, I decided to use a content delivery network to maintain speedy access to the website and reduce resource and bandwidth overload.

Having heard about MaxCDN‘s reputation and affordability from several sources, I decided to try out MaxCDN when they rolled out their promotional discount last year. While I was annoyed with the unfamiliarity of implementing a CDN, the staff from MaxCDN were extremely helpful and made the process easier. The website I chose to implement MaxCDN on is Way Of Ninja, which runs on WordPress and slightly resource heavy due to my configurations. The CDN was integrated through a plugin named “CDN Linker”.

After integrating the CDN, Way Of Ninja was visibly faster and the bandwidth statistics thereafter was significantly reduced. If you are running a business website (or any site that requires speed of access), do try out MaxCDN’s starter service. They are presently offering a 25% discount on both their starter and business CDN package.

Wordbay, A WordPress Plugin To Display Ebay Items

Do you need a WordPress plugin that displays and updates your Ebay products on your WordPress site automatically?  Consider using Wordbay.

What Is Wordbay?

Wordbay enables Ebay sellers and affiliate marketers to display Ebay items on their WordPress website (self-hosted) via a shortcode. You can restrict the Ebay items to be displayed to certain sellers, keywords and categories. And you can choose to organize different products into different pages.

Origins and Uses for Wordbay

The Wordbay plugin was developed by Mark Daniels,  who placed it on the WordPress repository for free back in 2008/2009. I was one of the early users of his plugin back then, while experimenting with Ebay affiliate marketing. I managed to earn some passive income spanning months.

Upon the change in the Ebay API, the plugin had to redeveloped from scratch. It is no longer free, but is very affordable ($37 till October 3 midnight). I’m a subscriber of Mark Daniels’ newsletter, and am also a customer who had bought Wordbay(after having experienced the free version).

Wordbay Will Be Raising its Price within 24 hours

Why have I, all of a sudden, mentioned Wordbay here? I was informed that the plugin price will be raised on October 3rd midnight and wanted to give anyone (who needs an Ebay related plugin) the chance to get the plugin before the price is raised.

So, find out more about Wordbay and decide for yourself if you want to buy Wordbay at $37 (if you make the transaction before the deadline).

I know that his website’s landing page looks messy, but give it a chance. This is a good product.

Note: Plugins can be used with WordPress self-hosted only (WordPress.org). WordPress.com does not allow you to install plugins.

How To Add A Twitter Cover Photo?

Adding a Twitter cover photo
Do you know that you can now add a cover photo on Twitter? Add a cover photo that represents your brand today.

Here’s how.

1. Click on ‘edit profile’, which can be found on the top bar when you hover over the gear icon.

2. Thereafter, click on ‘Design’ located on the left sidebar. It should be the third item from the bottom on the sidebar.

3. Navigate to the section ‘Customize your own’ (as shown in the illustration above) and click on ‘Change Header’.

WordPress.com Vs WordPress.org, Self Hosted WordPress

Wordpresscom vs WordPress.org

Even though WordPress is gaining popularity among business owners, there is still confusion between WordPress.org and WordPress.com. There is a difference, and I hope this brief article clears it up.

WordPress.com, Hosting platform

WordPress.com is the hosting platform that runs the WordPress software (found on WordPress.org). Yes,  Automattic is the development team behind WordPress.org and are also the ones running the hosting platform at WordPress.com.

All you have to do is to sign up for an account to run your blog. There are no web hosting or maintenance charges. Wordpress.com handles the maintenance and upgrades of the WordPress software, themes and plugins.

To us your own domain name (yourbusiness.com) instead of the free subdomain (yourbusiness.wordpress.com), you will have to pay an upgrade fee to enable domain mapping. There are also charges to enable CSS coding edits to customize existing themes.

While the aforementioned upgrades are available, WordPress.com places significant restrictions on theme customization and plugin installations. You cannot install custom themes or add useful PHP/Jquery coding to extend your website’s function. Since they are managing millions of websites for free, it makes sense to restrict some features for security purposes.

If you want complete control over your site, use WordPress self-hosted.

WordPress.org, Opensource WordPress software

WordPress.org is the home to the opensource and free WordPress software.

You can download the WordPress software for use on your own web host. By running WordPress on your own host, you have complete control over theme customization, plugin use and custom codes. With complete control comes the responsibility to maintain and upgrade your software. This is a simple process with WordPress. Your WordPress self-hosted will automatically inform you whenever a new version is available. And the upgrade process is as simple as clicking the upgrade button.

Read this article by WordPress for more differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

Companies like Ebay, Yahoo, Samsung, CNN and Wall Street Journal use WordPress (as a CMS, Content Management System) to run their website. I will share more about using WordPress as a CMS in the future.

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