Last week, Wordfence announced that they were discontinuing support for their Falcon Cache and will have it removed from their toolset. So I wanted to give you all a heads-up about this change and how it may affect you.
Wordfence is installed on all TAPACOM client web sites to protect against intrusion. The Falcon Cache has been a part of the Wordfence suite of tools and it greatly reduces latency of web content by sending web pages to visitors quickly.
As a web site owner you normally don’t want web visitors to wait for your pages to show up on the browser. Analytics have revealed that when web pages take too long to load, visitors pack it up and take their business elsewhere. For this reason, caching tools like Falcon Cache have been important to anyone requiring reliable and fast content delivery.
Wordfence has posted a blog article explaining their decision to discontinue their caching tool. You may read it here:
The big question for you at this point is “Is there another caching tool that may be used to replace the Falcon Cache?”
The short answer: Yes. The Wordfence article provides a link to other tools to consider.
Do you need to implement a replacement caching tool? There are some of you whose sites experience sufficiently high visitor counts and your revenue would be negatively impacted by slow page delivery. And some of you may not have sites needing fast page delivery. Perhaps we should talk about your needs first. If we find that you need the speed I’ll do the testing and setup for you.
So give me a call and let’s talk.
The TAPACOM web site has been updated to use the latest version of WordPress, 3.3.
If you find any usability issues with the TAPACOM site as a result of this change please let me know by contacting me at: http://www.tapacom.net/contact/
Plugins greatly extend the capabilities of a WordPress driven web site. Posted at the Web Weaves Workshop web site is a list of some that are commonly used in many web sites.
Date: June 6, 2011
Backup the MySQL Database
- In the Dashboard use the wp-dbmanager plugin to make a current backup of the MySQL database.
Path = Dashboard > Database > BackupDB
- This will also be a good time to make repairs and optimize the database.
Path = Dashboard > Database > RepairDB
Path = Dashboard > Database > OptimizeDB
Download the New Plugin Files
- See which plugins have new versions.
Path = Plugins > Updates Available
- Click on the link “View version xxx details”. On the succeeding page click on the link “WordPress.org Plugin Page” to see the plugin’s page at the WordPress.org plugin directory site.
- Download the new version at the link “Download Version xxx”
This will initiate a download of the compressed file to your machine. Extract the file compressed file.
Upload the New Plugin Files
- First, deactivate the plugin if it is active.
Path = Plugins > Updates Available
Click the “Deactivate” link.
- Launch the FTP client application (Fetch or another similar application).Connect to the web server with the FTP client application using the following access information:
host = ( domain name )username = ( as provided to you by the system administrator )
password = ( as provided to you by the system administrator )
- Go to the plugins folder.
Path = Sites > wp-content > plugins
- Upload the folder containing the plugin files from your computer to the server.
- Reactivate the deactivated plugin.
Path = Plugins > Updates Available
Click the “Activate” link.
Test the functions of the updated plug in. Also test other functions of the web site. Look for any non-functioning services and unwanted changes in layout and appearances. Test functions like mail forms, feeds, forums, posts, pages, etc.
If you discover any issues initiate the troubleshooting process.
Mobile use has become an important part of the Internet and requires web page layouts that are more useable. WordPress plug-in developers have created solutions to re-purpose traditional site layouts for the smaller screen space on smart phones. I’ve installed a plug-in that will do this for the smaller displays of the iPhone, iPod touch, Google Android, Blackberry Storm, Torch and other touch-based smart phones.
If you experience any technical or visual issues please report them to me. Your input would be greatly appreciated. Use this form to send me a message: http://tapacom.net/contact.
Here is a short list of some of the issues that are pending resolution:
WordPress automatic updates – automatic updates from the Dashboard fail. Permissions were the original suspected cause of this problem, but research indicates that this might be related to the FTP server application. This will be tested by returning to the more robust Rumpus FTP server.
Advanced Category Excluder – this plugin is apparently not compatible with WordPress 3.1. Incompatibility with PHP 5 is suspected. The plugin author has not updated the code. So alternatives are being investigated to work around the issue.
Theme incompatibilities – some WordPress themes, generally the older ones, do not work well under WordPress 3.1/PHP 5. If these themes cannot be updated with fixes, then suitable alternatives will be installed.
All client web sites were migrated from the former network and hardware onto new networks and hardware.
Some web sites which used old WordPress themes were difficult to move thoroughly. Some themes and plugins were incompatible with the new versions of WordPress, PHP and MySQL. Work will continue on these few sites to restore them to full functionality. Fortunately, the issues did not impair important functions of the web sites.
Additional work will continue to fine tune client web sites as well as to update auxiliary services, such as analytics, WebDAV, FTP and the like.
TAPACOM clients currently on the WordPress system should begin upgrading their websites with the latest version, called Thelonius. The latest incarnation of WordPress includes many new features that will increase the functionality of your web sites.
Those clients who are familiar with the upgrade process may perform the upgrade themselves. Download the files from the link at the bottom of this message and install via FTP (file transfer protocol). You will not be able to do the upgrade through the Dashboard. As usual, make sure you have backed up your files and test all functions after the upgrade.
Those clients who are not familiar with the process may schedule time when I will do the upgrade for you. Call me at 808-550-8554 or send me email at: http://www.tapacom.net/contact/
WordPress 3.0 is the thirteenth major release of WordPress and the culmination of half a year of work by 218 contributors, is now available for download.
New features in this release include a new default theme called Twenty Ten. Developers have new APIs that allow easy implementation of custom backgrounds, headers, shortlinks, menus (no more file editing), post types, and taxonomies. The Twenty Ten theme uses all these new features.
Developers and network administrators will appreciate the long-awaited merge of MU and WordPress, creating the new multi-site functionality which makes it possible to run one blog or ten million from the same installation. You will love the new lighter interface, the contextual help on every screen, the 1,217 bug fixes and feature enhancements, bulk updates so you can upgrade 15 plugins at once with a single click
Thelonius (WordPress 3.0) information and download:
A new worm has surfaced which attacks a vulnerability in older versions of WordPress. Clients who are using the WordPress system are advised to update to the latest version, 2.8.4, immediately. Matt Mullenweg discusses the problem here:
If you would like assistance in the upgrade process contact me here:
Clients are advised to update their WordPress installations to 2.8.3 as soon as possible. This latest release fixes a reported RSS security issue missed in the 2.8.2 release. More information about this here.
If you have any questions on this update please contact me.