September 2020 Archives

The Most Productive Change I’ve Made to My Schedule in Years

When the pandemic and subsequent lockdown began, finding long stretches of uninterrupted time for programming was the biggest challenge I faced in trying to schedule my day around having a 3-year old at home and both of us parents needing to also work from home. Other tasks, such as answering emails, taking phone calls, reviewing reports, and analyzing data, are possible to get done in those random pockets of time that pop up throughout the day when my daughter just happens to be entertaining herself…. Continue reading

9/18/20

PageSpeed vs reCAPTCHA and YouTube: Will Google Ever Get on the Same Page?

With the Core Web Vitals Report now in Google Search Console, and an impending algorithm update coming, I decided it was time to revisit Detailed Image to see if there were some relatively easy “wins” when it came to improving our Google PageSpeed. With about 10 days of tweaks and changes, I was able to get most of our important pages to score 90 or above on mobile. Most of those pages were in the 20 – 70 range to start. A simple page like… Continue reading

9/2/20

Comments Disabled & Rethinking WordPress

This morning I received the email notification that WordPress had auto-upgraded. Lately, each upgrade has caused issues. This time my AMP pages were throwing 500 errors. In the process of debugging, I deactivated all of my plugins. Upon reactivation Akismet no longer works (you need to upgrade to a paid plan) and some of my other plugins appeared to have lost their settings. This was the last straw for me with WordPress. It’s wonderful software, and I’m committed to continuing using it as a publishing… Continue reading

9/2/20