Auto-Optimize WordPress Database without a Plugin

These horses are somehow not cool. Speeding up your blog is.

I am working on a WordPress project that has a pretty heavy database, and I want to be able to auto-optimize the WordPress database. Even though they are integrating this functionality into WordPress 3.0, I want it now, and without having to use a plugin (I have had some issues with WP-DBManager configuring properly on a few sites).

If you add the following code to your functions.php file, it will automatically optimize your WordPress database every 6 hours, keeping it squeaky clean. Continue reading “Auto-Optimize WordPress Database without a Plugin”

Westside Business Builders chooses Katz Web Design

Westside Business Builders logo

Westside Business Builders is a networking group based in Golden, Colorado. Their website provides general information about the group, and it serves as a member directory. Katz Web Design is a member of the group.

The membership committee asked Katz Web Design to prepare a proposal for the WSBB website, and this Wednesday, the group voted to have KWD redesign the website to improve appearance and functionality.

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Load time improvements

Load time matters

Imagine waiting 18 seconds for a page to load (on a high-speed connection) — not just the home page, but any inside page of a website.  Pretty frustrating, right?  Having bad load times makes a huge difference to your customers.  I helped a new client reduce page load time from 19 seconds to 3 seconds.

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Is Blogging Really Worth the Time?

One reason to blog is traffic! [Image of traffic light]

Today, a business associate asked me “I know about blogging, and it seems like a waste of time. Why is blogging worth the time?” I was able to reply with some very convincing arguments — and in a way, I reminded myself about the value of blogging.

  1. Blogging establishes you as an expert in your field
  2. Search engine traffic dramatically increases
  3. Blogging is basically free marketing for your business: the only cost is your time.
  4. Blogging forces you to write about your life and your business

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Optimizing a website for search: Google vs. Yahoo! and MSN

Google remains the Search Engine King (Pie Chart)

When I think SEO, I think of Google. Why? Is it because Google’s PageRank system determines better websites? Is it because Google’s advertising options are superior? It’s as simple as this: Google gets better results than any other search engine.

The major search engines often don’t agree

Optimizing websites for search is frustrating sometimes. The biggest search engines are Google, Yahoo!, and MSN. The frustrating part of optimization is the variation between the search engines. The variations in ranking can be huge. I will use Katz Web Design’s ranking information to show some examples:

Google Yahoo! MSN Difference
Denver Web Designer 1 8 3 4
Lakewood Website Design 26 7 298 292
Web Design Denver 27 52 103 66
Denver Web Page Design 20 519 > 1000 Over 980!

So you see, there’s a crazy variation between the search engines that can be frustrating. My statistics show, however, that even a bad ranking in Google is better than a good ranking on any other search engine.

Ranking Update:

Since I wrote this post, my site has come up significantly in search results for the terms listed. As a result, the disparity of the results is much less than it had been. Here are the stats as of November 8, 2008:

Google Yahoo! MSN Difference
Denver Web Designer 3 3 2 1
Lakewood Website Design 359 120 96 263
Web Design Denver 27 11 18 16
Denver Web Page Design 24 2 3 22

92% of my organic keyword search traffic comes from Google

A vast majority of my traffic to my website comes from Google. What about my some of my clients?

Google % Yahoo % MSN % Google % Difference
Client A 83.1 6.6 7 76.1
Client B 85.9 6.73 5.74 79.17
Client C 70.4 20.37 0 50.03
Client D 80.4 8.1 8.0 72.3

These clients have similar ranking placement on Google, MSN, and Yahoo! for many of their keywords. You can see that even so, Google still sends an average of 69.4% more visitors to these websites. Optimizing for other search engines doesn’t have the same return on investment as optimizing for Google does. Google remains king.

What’s your experience with optimizing for various keywords across the search engines?

Denver SEO: Achieving Goals – a slow trek toward good search engine ranking

Climb search ranking with persistence!

I am a Denver web designer, and lots of what I do is advise my clients on how to improve their ranking. I do what I can to optimize the code using tried and true SEO techniques. But in the end, it comes down to this: are you willing to work for search engine placement?

2 months later, a look at the results

On January 24 of this year, I set a goal to improve Katz Web Design’s ranking in Google, especially for the terms “Denver Web Design,” and “Denver Web Designers.” I had my blog for 2 days at the time. Let’s take a look at the numbers:

  • Denver Web Designers – from 41 to 18 11
  • Denver Web Designer – from 29 to 11 2
  • Denver Web Design – from 30 to 11 8

These results have been achieved mostly by writing in this blog. The Katz Web Design site is currently a one-page placeholder with very little content on it. Imagine what will happen when I move this blog over to the KWD site soon.

Good Denver SEO Results

Note: Katz Web Services is moving more toward focusing on Denver search engine optimization, rather than solely Denver web design.

Speed up your Mac – only thing that worked for me!

I’ve tried repairing the permissions. Limiting desktop icons. Removing Safari’s support for ICO icons.  Clearing more hard drive space.  Nothing. Frickin’. Worked. I have been so frustrated by how slow my Mac Pro has been.  I have 2 2.66GHz dual-core processors, 2 GB of memory, and still I was getting spinning beach balls, crunching hard drives and slow menus…and nothing seemed to fix it. I decided to take action.  I was fed up!  And you know what?  It’s really quite simple.

DISABLE YOUR FONTS!

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Denver Democratic Convention Vendor List & Link Exchange

Denver 2008 Democratic Convention

The Democrats are doing something no one has ever done before. It’s revolutionary. It’s amazing. It’s a cost-saving measure. For the first time in the convention’s history, there will be no printed vendor list. Instead, it’s all being featured online.

Are you a business in Denver that wants additional exposure? If so, you too can be in the Vendor Directory. It’s as simple as filling out the application.

But don’t stop there! Now that you’ve started building your site’s link network, give you site a shot in the arm with the steps below:

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