Category Archives: Web Hosting

Articles and discussions that do not fit in the main WordPress web hosting categories. Mostly for cross-category postings, it also includes some articles about how this website works, and some articles that await review and categorization.

Pods Custom WordPress Data Structure Choice

Custom WordPress with Pods

I have a new project to add structured content to WordPress for a client. I also need to update many of my own websites, especially this WordPress support website. I’m marking the relaunch of Shrewdies.net with a re-invigorated Pods CMS project.

Now re-branded as Pods Framework, this WordPress plugin is completely different from the Pods of my earlier articles.

Pods CMS (Content Management System) for WordPress is now called “Pods – Custom Content Types and Fields” and described as:

a framework for creating, managing, and deploying customized content types and fields.

I’ve continued to use Pods as a way to add custom fields to posts and taxonomies. Today, I’m configuring Pods to administer new content types.

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Shrewdies.net is moving

You can get support for any aspects of developing and running your website:

Let’s discuss How to Make a Website
An explanation of how Shrewdies Website Support works.
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As I will not be posting here again, anyone who wants to keep updated by email should subscribe to my new update service:

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Simple Website Move

Though there are utilities that can drive a simple website move, they are often too complicated, or end up moving bad parts of your website that you want to lose.

It is important to plan carefully before you move any website to a new web-server, but there is one simple procedure that works in almost every case. I use it as my fallback procedure, amending where necessary, or replacing if the website move has unusual needs.

This is an instantaneous move that overcomes the biggest problem when moving to a new web-server – DNS propagation.

Read about simple website DNS propagation

Web Hosting For Dummies Soon

I’ve been a fan of the For Dummies franchise for many years.

Though I initially hesitated at the name – who wants to class themselves as a dummy? – I soon realized the books were for smart people who were being made to feel like dummies. I’ve met several successful businessmen who swear by these books. These are intelligent people who know how to make money. They do not want to spend hours learning about the technical intricacies of rarely touched aspects of web hosting.

They want to understand enough about web hosting to make sure it contributes to their business, not detracts from it. They want to know enough to manage web hosting effectively. That means knowing when to get involved, and when to leave it to experts.

When I started this site, there was no Web Hosting For Dummies book. That is about to change.

Read about the Web Hosting For Dummies Launch

Your Website from Shrewdies: ShrewdSite

ShrewdSite is the working title of our relaunched, managed WordPress website service.

If you want to go it alone, or if you are tied into a current hosting plan that you cannot transfer, this article is not for you. The rest of this website is full of good advice and guidelines to help you deploy your own website. You can search for specific topics easily, using the search boxes near the top and bottom of each page.

We can help you manage your own self-managed website, or advise you what you should instruct your technical support to do. We can even provide detailed installation and management plans for your website. The core of our business is to help website owners manage their own resources to run their websites how they want to. Shrewdies managed websites are for busy web business owners, who need to devote time to running their business. If you want to manage your own website, please follow our guidelines on this website. If you need help interpreting our guidelines for your specific circumstances, please ask in the website support forum.

See how to get Your Website from Shrewdies

Find Fast WordPress Hosting

Fast WordPress hosting means more than a fast server. Visitors need to find information fast, and that means a better search service than the default WordPress search.

WordPress Search Hosting

Rather than tweaking WordPress standard search with plugins,  I prefer to replace it completely with a faster search engine
Google are the fastest, most comprehensive search service, and integration into your responsive theme is very easy.

There are several ways to do this, but unless you are using a theme that you have written yourself, you should make changes via a child theme.

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WordPress Database With Pods Wings

I start my detailed look at the anatomy of our WordPress Pods plugins by showing you how Pods CMS makes the WordPress database fly.

Though we are all working with data at the heart of the WordPress database, we often take it for granted.

But data drives our content, our navigation, our presentation, our whole website.

Wouldn’t it be a good idea if we managed it properly?

I must confess, I love data. Actually, that’s as perverted as loving money – I actually love what can be done with data, rather than data itself. Structured and handled properly, application development, from the most basic WordPress plugin to a full blown web application becomes much more scalable and easier to manage if we get the data right.

WordPress Database With Pods

WordPress Database With Pods (click image for full size)

Our sample project Happiness Today, relies on data, just as it’s inspiration, Hello Dolly does. Whereas Hello Dolly data, the song lyrics, are hard-coded in the plugin, Happiness Today data is put where it belongs – in the WordPress database.

Each Pods project starts with data. This is the basic building block, known simply as a Pod. In complex applications, the hard part is learning how to structure data, especially if it needs to be split into different Pods.

Our example is very simple – every record in the Pod is just a lyric from the song. Experience tells me that I need keys to data in databases. In this case I use a simple line number identifier, which allows me to sort the records should I wish to output the whole song.

It is a good habit to always think of record keys when designing a Pod, or any other database. Pods helps us here by always creating a field called name, which will always uniquely identify records. With the Pod created, we simply need to add the text to each record, which we do with the standard Pods CMS record editing screens.

Job done, except that we need to get the data out. Continue reading

Join The WordPress Web Hosting Debate

One advantage of WordPress web hosting is the ease with which debate is encouraged through commenting.

Link Policy At A Glance

  • Contributors must add value
  • Sidebar link list for top posters
  • Nofollow removed on guests after 2 comments
  • Nofollow removed immediately for registered users

Then WordPress removes the incentive for you to contribute by adding a nofollow link to your comments! 😥

In turn, I remove that nofollow attribute, in most circumstances, so that you get search engine rewards for your valued contribution. 😛

I interrupt my series on the shrewdBar development of a Pods package to highlight the benefits you get from joining the web hosting discussion on this site. By discussion, I mean adding valuable questions, comments or theories to existing topics, or starting a new discussion on a web hosting, or WordPress, related topic.

I have updated my link policy today, to explain more clearly how you can get incoming links to your site.

I have also added a top contributors list on the sidebar, to give extra links for those who contribute most. Continue reading

Web Hosting For Dummies

2010 Update:

I have had so much interest in a Web Hosting For Dummies book (that does not exist), I’ve introduced a new section looking at appropriate books in the field of web hosting.

Also, a couple of other updates:

  • WordPress.com has clarified that it does allow some site monetization as log as it is ethical and incidental (my interpretation). I’ll review this in more detail just as soon as somebody asks me to.
  • My installation wizard is on-hold. Now that Pods is here, there is a better way to manage it, but I have other Pods projects to complete first.

Web Hosting For Dummies

I know many people seeking web hosting for dummies.

Millions of people have gained benefits from “For Dummies” books. Most don’t really like admitting to being dummies. Many are far from dummies, but want to get back to basics so they have a good foundation for whatever they want to learn.

These people are Shrewdies.

They want to gain the benefits of web hosting without years of learning technology secrets.

How can Shrewdies get good quality web hosting at reasonable prices? Or free?

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Small Business Web Site Development Wizard

Your small business web site development needs more than a flashy installation wizard and content management system.

You need a support system to constantly manage new content that satisfies your visitors thirst for relevant information.

There is a milestone for most websites when you get more input from your actual visitors than you did from your keyword research. Typically this is around 60 pages, but can be much earlier on a site that encourages visitor involvement.

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