WordPress: Why less plugins is more?

WordPress is a well known Blogging Platform to publish your Content to the world. But after some years of analysing of my Webserver Logs i remarked that a lot of used plugins produces more errors on inside linking than i would like to have. I could not explain why the Search Engines run into Errors or dead ends if they scan via the bots the Content. I didn’t realize that the plugins were the bad factor.

If you see same problems you can start up analyse your Blog for free with these steps:

  • Go Plugins disable all uneeded Plugins like Cache, Tags .. and check that the Cache Folder is empty on your Webspace!! Have seen that trash is always there if i disable or remove the plugins.
  • Go Settings, Reading, General and save all Settings again! If possible reset to WordPress defaults
  • Check URLs Settings! http / https, i prefer https cause google does rank it higher than http.
  • Check URLs of Images / Media Content, purge external Content!! Againt’s copyright violations!!
  • Purge outdated Posts!
  • Checkout if some older Plugins Functions are now integrated into the new Version of WordPress by default. If this happen purge the plugin! Cause Search Engines don’t like double tagging or linking, this can by calculated as Spam be the Search Engines.
  • You should know less plugins offers more Security, cause most of them are made by one developer (one man show like openssl bugs)
  • Try to use wordpress like more default, this offers you the security that bots can grab the page easy without errors.
  • Cache Plugins can speed up wordpress on low end Webspaces, but the static page creation can be a risc if the Plugin crashes on Caching and save destroyed Pages on the Cache Folder!
  • Run WordPress on a Webspace where you have full access to Logs and the Webspaces, that you can control and purge bugs by hand.
  • Check weekly Logs and if you use Search Engine Webmastertools for free.
  • Use a easy loadable and readable Theme, cause longer Load Times are ranked down too!

Now you know why less is more , have fun with blogging..

WordPress: SEO Ranking bad after setting „read more“ tags

After some weeks of cleaning up my blog, i remarked a very bad ranking from under the first 10 on google to nirvana

What did i change?

  • saved wp-login with htaccess to non-public
  • set post content with „read more“ buttons

Background:

  • Search engine like google wasn’t able to pull content of posts which are cut by „more“
  • Search engine wasn’t able to pull relinks over the wp-admin url by the internal wordpress feeds

I was forced to turn back my settings and wait for better ranking.. not safe but must be..

Ubuntu Debian font cache error openoffice update

Problem: If you make a alternate Install of Ubuntu the Fontcache is not writeable cause the update miss some text files inside the font directories.

Log:

Updating fontconfig cache…
/usr/share/fonts: failed to write cache
/usr/share/

fonts/X11: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/X11/encodings: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/X11/encodings/large: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/X11/misc: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/X11/util: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/truetype: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/arphic: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/baekmuk: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/freefont: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/kochi: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-arabeyes: failed to write cache…

Solution:

  1. #sudo apt-get install fontconfig 2>&1 | grep failed | cut -d : -f 1 | xargs touch
  2. #sudo apt-get dist-upgrade