New Hosting Provider for dcj21.net – Domain.com

As you may have noticed, I had some hosting issues last week. I have used Domain.Com as my domain name registrar for about a year, but used a free hosting site called Hostzilla – until last week.

Hosting Fine Print

Last week, they suspended my account without warning for exceeding bandwidth. I had uploaded some Linux disk images and was sharing them with some friends.  I checked my account and I had “Unlimited Bandwidth”. Or so I thought, I now know the Acceptable Use Policy has a statement about exceeding bandwidth:

… Services are intended for normal use only, and any activity that results in excessive usage that is inconsistent with normal usage patterns is strictly prohibited. HostZilla reserves the right to suspend, discontinue or delete the accounts of Users whose use of disk space, bandwidth or other resources results in or presents the risk of degradation of service to other customers, regardless of the amount of disk space, bandwidth or other resources included in the User’s plan.

I confirmed with tech support and customer service, there was not a set limit and there was no warning. Just like that, my account was suspended and I was given a small opportunity to recover my data.

I’m sorry for going cheep – now I’m back on the best hosting I’ve ever used – Domain.Com

Moral of the story?

– don’t expect service you don’t pay for.


Domain.Com Hosting

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Adding Yoast WordPress SEO to Atahualpa 3.5

Internet guru Yoast has created a new SEO plugin for WordPress – WordPress SEO.

WordPress SEO

It’s a great plugin and I use it on my sites. However, since I use one of the more flexible themes, Atahualpa, the configuration of WordPress SEO is a little more complex.

So if you are using the Atahualpa theme, here’s my notes on adding Yoast’s WordPress SEO.

First Steps

Wordpres SEO is still beta, so BACK UP. (you have a backup don’t you?)  Install WordPress SEO plugin and activate it. Now on the bottom left, expand the SEO section and go to Import and Export.  Import your settings from other SEO tools and then deactivate the other plugins.

Fixing the Title

To format the <title> code the way Yoast wants, go to Appreance, Editor and edit the file bfa_meta_tags.php.

Change

<title><?php wp_title('&laquo;', true, 'right'); ?><?php bloginfo('name'); ?></title>

To

<title><?php wp_title(''); ?></title>

Then update the file.

Adding the Breadcrumbs

To add the Breadcrumb feature, go to Atahualpa Theme Options, Style and Edit center column. In the Content ABOVE the LOOP section add this code to the bottom to the code:

<?php if ( function_exists('yoast_breadcrumb') ) {
	yoast_breadcrumb('<p id="breadcrumbs">','</p>');
} ?>

Then save changes.

Updates to your Theme

If you update or change your theme,  you will need to re-do the code changes to the theme. Your WordPress SEO setting are not affected by theme changes.

Configuring WordPress SEO

Now you are ready to configure WordPress SEO. I used a great tutorial over at wpBeginner – How to Install and Setup WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast.  Once you have it configured, export your settings to save them to your computer. And you can use the saved configuration as a import on your next install to save time.

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know in the comments section. Enjoy!

Recommended WordPress Theme and Tools

Word press is the best content platform for bloging and general web pages, it’s easy to use and very configurable. However the configurablility can make it had to select what options to use.

After working with a few sites and trying out many themes and plugin, here’s my current list of recommended WordPress plugins:

Atahualpa This is a very customizable theme, you can use menus to configure all the options that you would have to edit style sheets or php code on other themes. It’s well supported and best of all free.

AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget / Button to let readers share your posts.

Advertising Manager – display and manage Ad Sense and other ads.

All in One SEO Pack – configures all the SEO items for your site and posts.

Easy Privacy Policy – configures and managed a privacy policy page for your site, as required by Google Ad Sense.

Google Analyticator – configures and reports on your traffic using Google Analytics.

Google XML Sitemaps – generates your site map and automatically submits it to Google, Yahoo, Bing, & Ask.

WPtouchconverts your site to a smartphone compatible theme  automatically.

I  developed this list based on my experience with Ed Dale’s The Challenge and Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income site. I welcome your comments and suggestions.

For more Recommended tools, see my Recommended Tools page