How To Enable GZip Compression On A WordPress Website

Gzip compression is used to compress websites so that they can be decompressed at the browser and make them load faster. Gzip used to be part of WordPress by default, but was semi-removed as it is deemed preferable to gzip your WordPress website using the web browser software. Consequently there are a few different ways […]
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Error Establishing A Database Connection – WordPress

Sometimes your WordPress website won’t load and gives the following error: Error establishing a database connection This either means that the username and password information in your wp-config.php file is incorrect or we can’t contact the database server at localhost. This could mean your host’s database server is down. Are you sure you have the […]
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Akismet Not Working | Not Blocking Spam | Detected A Problem

Akismet is my favourite comment anti-spam plugin for WordPress. It connects to a central server which it uses to manage spam identification. It has an extremely high success rate, but recently I found that it had stopped working. Akismet had stopped blocking spam and I was getting this error: Akismet has detected a problem. Some […]
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A Full List Of Smilies In WordPress

I thought I’d just publish a full list of smilies that you can use in WordPress. You can use these by typing the text version and WordPress will automatically convert the text into the appropriate smiley. Smiley Text (Remove Quotes To Use Smiley) 🙂 “:)” or “:-)” or “:smile:” 😀 “:D” or “:-D” or “:grin:” […]
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How To Make Comment Author Links (URLs) Open In New Windows In WordPress

It’s nice to allow visitors to comment on your website, but not so nice when your visitors click on links to a comment authors website and you lose your traffic. Obviously you can get around this by adding target=”_blank” to the hyperlink attributes so the url opens in a new window, but it’s not obvious […]
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