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GNAX Hosting Review

How Good is GNAX Hosting

Let me start by saying my own sites are hosted on the GNAX (General Net Access) network. We’ve been using the GNAX backbone since October 2012. If I wasn’t completely satisfied with the service, I would have moved my sites long ago.

GNAX hosting also provides the international backbone for our fully managed hosting service.

GNAX is VPS or Higher

gnax hosting review thumbnail imageGNAX is not your regular hosting service provider. They don’t offer the shared hosting packages most of us use for our WordPress sites.

The lowest level hosting you can get with GNAX is your own VPS. If you are looking for el-cheapo shared hosting, GNAX hosting is not the place to look.

If you are wanting shared hosting, you need to look for a second or 3rd tier service provider. You cannot sign up for a shared hosting account directly with GNAX.

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Release Date and Preview of WordPress 3.5

What is Coming in WordPress 3.5

wordpress 3.5 iconThe release of WordPress version 3.5 is set for 29 December 2012. We take a look at what can be expected in the next WordPress update.  Some of the proposed features look really interesting; better image handling and high res images.

Improvements can be expected to the user dashboard, as well as some improvements to WordPress Core. Mac users can expect high res (Retina) graphics, and news about the somewhat belated Twenty Twelve theme.

Read the full article at SME Technology (tech.graphicline.co.za

WP Online Store Plugin

WP Online Store Plugin Review

WP Online Store Plugin: The FREE WordPress e-commerce plugin integrating the osCommerce online store system with a WordPress website. WP Online Store is the WordPress integration of the Open Source osCommerce e-commerce platform.

WP Online Store PluginThe WP Online Store Plugin brings a full featured osCommerce site into a WordPress website framework. The plugin is not theme dependent like so many other WordPress e-commerce solutions. Some of the other solutions only work properly with themes specially designed for the plugin/system.  This feature allows a store owner to create a great looking website for their online store.

WP Online Store Site Optimisation

The excellent SEO aspect of WordPress allows for a very strong website. E-commerce website are notoriously hard to get rated by search engines. With Google so content driven, any site needs a lot of good content. Short product descriptions and so on are not Google friendly. Strong, original product features however can be content rich, exactly what Google looks for.

While highly detailed content may added to an osCommerce store, too much of this makes the shopping experience somewhat clumsy. In my opinion, a well written and optimised page describing a product, winked to the product in the store catalogue is an ideal, if work intensive, option. Product descriptions in the store catalogue can be concise and to the point, a brief overview of the main features and the most important specifications, with links to the description page for more detailed information.

WP Online Store for Large Catalogues

The WP Online Store Plugin integration of osCommerce is ideally suited to large product  catalogues. In the case of my store, a comprehensive range of computer products will be available aimed at Southern African buyers. The structure of the WP Online Store osCommerce solution permits products to be categorised by type e.g. motherboards, graphic cards and so on, placed in sub categories within these categories, as well as by manufacturer. Further Product Attributes (providing product options) can also be used, e.g. differentiating between different motherboard CPU sockets and chip-sets.

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Is WordPress Thesis Theme so Good

Thesis Great When Released

The Thesis theme for WordPress self hosted blogs has been very successful since being released in the previous decade. Online reviewers rave about Thesis. This author asks the question, “are these rave reviews justified?”

Thesis WordPress Theme in 2012When the theme was released it may have been a masterpiece of simplistic styling and compact code. When compared to many other WordPress themes of the time, it may have offered superior performance, and several well developed built in standard features.

Is this wonderful rating still justified in 2012. If we look at the way WordPress has developed since the mid to late 2000’s, becoming a fully fledged CMS system for web sites, instead of just an easy to use blogging platform, I think not!

In response to all these reviews, many of which date back to circa 2008, I published a new review today titled Thesis WordPress Framework Theme Debunked on my company website concentrating on the more technical aspects. This article continues with commentary and my personal opinions.

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A Blog Worth Mentioning

KL Makes Sense about “Optimisation”

This article caught my attention;  Content Optimization vs. Search Engine Optimization Well written, with an eye for human readability (I seem to remember reading somewhere this is exactly what Google is developing their algorithms to find).

KL’s logical approach makes sense with a balanced discussion of practical ways to establish web site authority.  “Content Optimisation” in my opinion is going to become the cornerstone of the industry in a post Panda 2.5 world. A good proofreader is of greater benefit to the website owner than a fortune spent on optimisation services

If Google is looking for well written content for human readers, this blogger has the formula. I glance through Readomatic regularly, seldom going any further unless something grabs my attention. This one did. There you have it, it caught my “mental algorithm’s” attention. Not an easy task either; some days my eyes grab snapshots of several hundred articles on diverse topics, only those that stand out get speed read,  only the good ones from those get studied. Not much difference between me and the Google search spider these days.

Not SEO Shark Trash

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DMX Dreamweaver Extensions Verdict In

The verdict is in on DMX Zone Extensions

DMX ZoneIn a recent article I Dreamweaver Hangs at Start Up I described an intermittently recurring problem I was experiencing with Dreamweaver, suspecting the possibility that an extension(s) from DMX Zone had created the problem.

It may be early days, but since I uninstalled all the DMX Zone extensions, no more hangs when starting up Dreamweaver. All the entries in Windows registry were also removed.

After a few days of use, with no hangs, a new message popped up  – “you have not installed DMX updater.. to ensure you always get the latest… install updater….”

Admittedly I got side tracked during the process of removing the extensions, simply disabling them, but leaving the actual extension file in the folder, so apparently something was still active there. These have now been sent to the trash bin – no more message pop ups…

There must be a reference to the updater extension in the DW configuration file or more registry entries. If that message returns, then I will have a look into the config file and Windows registry again.

Fast DreamweaverAnd Dreamweaver now starts up much faster than before as well! from around 10 to 15 seconds (when it did not hang), to less than 2 seconds. No more constant message pop-ups informing of new extensions released, updates to installed extensions.

I did not set out to identify which extension was the culprit causing the hang on start-up, simply because I had no use for any of them. The updater and notifier were just a nuisance, and the CSS transform extensions of no use anyway.

The verdict. No more extensions from DMX Zone for me. The extension behaviour described is too much like Adware (a form of Malware). No more daily notifications of products and updates from DMX zone either. I did not cancel the account, just blocked all e-mail notifications as spam – no time to waste cancelling accounts. They can continue to send mail ad-infinitum to the black hole that receives junk mail from thousands of blocked senders.

No more annoying promotions of their ‘Advanced HTML Editor’ either. Once again I ask the question; what is a company claiming to specialise in Dreamweaver extensions doing promoting their own non Dreamweaver application? Surely a conflict of interest. It would make more sense to create a separate business division with its own web site to promote such an application. (and the apps own range of overpriced extensions).