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SITE CLEANUP FOR WORDPRESS 5

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This winter we are expecting to have time to update the site to be more efficient. We installed a nocache header as the site uses compressed HTTP from the site cache so pages are fast for new users. WordPress 5 is now expected to be rolled out on November 27, 2018. We are considering moving …

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SITE PROBLEMS GALORE

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Due to theme problem, SEO issues, certificate problems and more. We had to basically reset the site from scratch to get it to render. It’s not clear why all the problems manifest over the last couple of weeks but we have been forced to so some very advanced work to fix the site and recover …

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THEME UPDATE CRASHED THE SITE

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A recent update to the theme used on the site caused a problem with WordPress. Unfortunately HTTP 500 errors are notoriously difficult to pin down. After removing all of the plugins and the site still threw HTTP 500 errors, we then turned to the theme to attempt to get the site to load. With no …

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ASIAN TRAFFIC GROWTH

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We have noticed a larger amount of traffic from Asian sources. It seems that we are being cited more often on forums and websites with news about mostly hardware. It seems that some shared links attracted enough traffic to top the active list with Google’s tracking. WordPress can be easily translated which is probably the …

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TRAFFIC DOUBLED IN A WEEK

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According to Google’s Analytics, traffic is literally more than double since we upgraded the database to a SSD. For SEO purposes, this result tells us that a SSD is now mandatory for a web server. The page load time on the site is much faster as WordPress is very lean and mean and with the …

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SITE ERRORS FIXED

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We were experiencing some problems with our database due to some problems with Linux VM. The VM was becoming unresponsive so we dumped the database and created a new one with a latest version of Linux. It seems that some problems arose from using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and upgrading to 18.04 LTS  did not work …

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CERTIFICATE *.HARDCOREGAMES.BIZ

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Our certificate is now active after a lot of hard work figuring out how to implement it with Azure. Part of the problem is the certificate takes some time for Azure to swallow and then for it to figure out the third party ZeroSSL service we use which gives the site a no cost certificate …

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HEAVY TRAFFIC

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Traffic on the site has led to the usual problems of living in the cloud. Lately there has been a spat of HTTP 500 errors that seem to be the web server is choking on the load. PHP 7 is less demanding on CPU time and WordPress is very lean and mean too. This suggests …

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SITE PERFORMANCE

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We have changed the default settings in WordPress after discovering that the default memory allocation is only 64MB. We changed this to 256MB and the site performance improved considerably. With improved page load times, we expect that Google will start to recognize the content here more favorably. It’s been a week since we installed the new …

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HARDCOREGAMES.BIZ

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Welcome to  hardcoregames.biz which is our new web address.  Pleas update your bookmarks. This TLD cost us $9.53 for a year registration which is a lot less than greedy domain registrars wanted for the .com version. It may take some time for the changes to activated as DNS records are sluggish. Then the amusement of …

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