How to Speed Up Your WordPress Site

Recently I finally took the step to update my WordPress theme to a mobile responsive one. While in the process, I decided the main criteria would  be loading speed, which explains why I ended up with this basic looking no-frills theme. Yep this is the stock standard WordPress “Twenty Nineteen” theme which is clean and no-nonsense. At the same time, I installed an SSL (using free cPanel SSL) and used the Really Simple SSL plugin which automatically detects and configures all my settings to run in https.

While doing this, I recalled a recent PHP Upgrade I did for a client from PHP version 5.4 to PHP version 7.1. It seemed to have worked well for his WordPress website so I thought I’d do the same for this website. After that I ran Optimize Website in cPanel (look for it under the Software section in cPanel).

The result in Google PageSpeed Insights has been astonishing. Checking it just now, I scored 98 points for both Desktop and Mobile View! If you find that hard to believe, so do I. In all my years doing website development, I’ve never ever come close to this score.

So hopefully these screenshots will convince you:

Now we all know that Google PageSpeed Score is not perfect. And it’s not the be-all-end-all in website speed testing. However just making these small tweaks make all the difference. Of course, you first need to have done some basic things like optimizing your images, signing up with a good web host in a good server, avoiding slider animation and CDN content delivery if possible.

 

Adobe Flash Player Update keeps popping up in Mac after Uninstall

Adobe Flash has been on a massive decline in recent times. Due to security concerns, tech leaders such as Google, Microsoft and Apple have exited in doves by phasing out Adobe Flash support in their products.

Recently out of curiosity I decided to install Adobe Flash Player. Around 2-3 weeks later I noticed a popup asking me to update Adobe Flash Player. I closed the pop-up but a couple of hours later it popped up again. The popup became more frequent (less than one hour apart). So I went to System Preferences and removed Adobe Flash Player. But this is not the end of the story. The annoying pop up continued even after the software was removed.

After some searching around, I found a simple solution. Go to Applications – Utilities. You will see a file called Adobe Flash Player Install Manager. Just delete it and the annoying pop-up should stop.

Note that Adobe will no longer update or distribute Flash Player effective end 2020.

 

How to Retrieve Password in FileZilla FTP

  1. In FileZilla top menu bar, click File – Export.
  2. Select Export Site Manager Entries and click OK. An XML file will be exported containing the login info for all your FTP accounts.
  3. Open this file using Notepad, Atom or some other Text Editor.
  4. Search for the relevant domain and you will see a line containing the password but in encrypted format (Base 64 encryption). You will need to use a Base64 decryption tool to decode the password. You can try this website – https://www.base64decode.org/

 

Leap Motion

south-by-southwest-leap-motion

Have you ever seen in some movies, like Iron Man, where Tony Stark (starring Robert Downey Jr) interacts with his super smart computer using only hands and gesture motion. Or in some of the television series like CSI: Miami, where these investigators use their hand motion to interact with the computers. Want to have those feeling of excitement?
Continue reading “Leap Motion”

Google Has Done It… Again

see-how-your-google-results-measure-up-with-google-grader-video--6b8bbb4b41

Everybody knows Google, the most famous search engine on the internet. You can search anything on Google. When your friend ask you something that you didn’t know the answer, you would easily say, lets Google it. Google also is the developer for Android OS, the operating system for smartphones. The latest invention by Google is the Google Glass, the unique glasses that can almost do whatever you want. But is there anything else that Google has created beside all these inventions?
Continue reading “Google Has Done It… Again”

The Future is Near

drone

Ever heard of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) ? Well, UAV (or commonly known as Drone) is basically an aircraft vehicle without using human pilot to control the flight, but instead, the pilot controls it by using a remote control. Drones are often used in military applications despite the use of them could save lives from unpredictable attacks.

Continue reading “The Future is Near”