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Intermediate user questions (4 posts)

  1. JMHirst
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Right, well I've been using WordPress a good few weeks now and have to say I'm loving it.

    I'm not a huge 'blogger' as such, I use my site for posting news mostly, but there are a couple of questions I've been meaning to ask and can't seem to find anywhere (or I'm not looking hard enough).

    1) What advantage would I have (or a viewer) of using the gZip function for articles?

    2) What advantage would I have (or a viewer) of using the geographic features?

    3) The update services uses, by default, the pingomatic. There's an interesting article from the Wiki to this page ( http://elliottback.com/wp/archives/2004/11/21/a-list-of-rpc-and-rpc2-to-ping/ ) which details 41 services.

    Now I've tried copying and pasting the list into my update services, but some work some don't. After looking at the source of Elliot's page, naturally it's showing a text-friendly version of the URL so some parameters are missing. Is there an easy way to get this list with the full URL's into WordPress and the bottom line, is it really worth it?

    4) The template of my page took an age to do. When the new version of WordPress comes out, will this have an impact on my template or is it purely the engine that's been updated?

    5) (finally!!) What are the advantages of these "BreadCrumbs" that I see occasionally?

    TIA

  2. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 10 years ago #

    1. None probably. If you see any ob_handler errors, just pop back here.

    2. If you post from the same place all the time, none unless you also ping somewhere like A2B (which pingomatic does) so that others can find you by location.

    3. Pingomatic pings a lot of places, and I've no idea if those other places ping each other...
    I would right-click and copy the location of each into the Update Services box.
    Worth it ? No idea...how many people do you want to be able to know you wrote something ? (A school of thought would also be asking how many spammers you wanted to tell too).

    4. It might. BACKUP. Always backup ALL your important files before upgrading at all. Backing up is not a luxury - it's an essential part of site management.

    5. It's so users can see how they got to where they are and how they can get back out. The term comes from some fairy tale (Hansel & Gretel maybe ?)

    6. I am bound to have missed something important, so hang on and someone else will be along in a minute or two :)

  3. JMHirst
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Thanks Podz, much appreciate the answers..

  4. 1. Setting the gzip option has cut my bandwidth usage and page load time in half, but that's just my install. You may not see any benefit.

    2. What Podz said.

    3. Stick with using just ping-o-matic. Anything else is over-kill.

    4. Agreed with Podz, always keep a backup. You can backup your WordPress files by downloading them via FTP and your WordPress database (posts and settings) by following this tutorial (written by Podz):
    http://www.tamba2.org.uk/wordpress/backup/

    5. What Podz said.

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