Boost your WordPress blog with Jetpack

If you self-host a WordPress blog, one of the most useful plug-ins you can install is Jetpack, created by WordPress publisher Automattic originally for blogs built on the hosted WordPress.com service The Jetpack plug-in has recently been updated to version 2, which now makes it an indispensible part of your blog presence on the social web. Jetpack offers a huge range of features, services and functionality that enhances your WordPress experience – both yours as the content publisher and those…

Sponsor profile: Web Hosting Buzz

Since the beginning of 2012, NevilleHobson.com has been sponsored by WebHostingBuzz. The arrangement I made with its UK-based CEO Matt Russell – his company hosts my web presence at no financial cost to me; in return, I talk about them now and again – means that all the content served to you from this website is hosted at one of WHB’s data centres in the US. The benefits for you, the reader, are twofold: You get content served to you…

Moving on from Feedburner to Feedblitz

After seven years, it’s time to say goodbye to Feedburner and say hello to Feedblitz. A week ago, I wrote about my worries that RSS feeds delivered via Feedburner might not work after October 20, after a note on the Google Developers’ Feedburner website said that the Feedburner APIs would shut down on that date. I noted at the time: RSS is the “delivery backbone” for creating and delivering much of the content that people use the internet for. You…

3,000 posts

I just noticed that I’ve reached a milestone in blog publishing, with 3,000 posts published at NevilleHobson.com since I started this blog in 2006. I published my first post here on February 22, 2006. That’s 2,392 days ago, so 3,000 posts works out at roughly a post-and-a-bit a day. Not sure what that actually means but I’m seeing the 3,000 number as a milestone to note. It doesn’t include writing on what’s now my archive blog where I wrote between…

Giving you a choice about cookies

A year ago a law – known as Directive 2009/136/EC – came into effect throughout the European Union on the use of cookies on websites, requiring a website owner to seek visitors’ consent to cookies being saved to their computers when they visit a website (more on cookies). Implementing the law in the UK was delayed for a year to give businesses time to become compliant. The Information Commissioner’s Office – responsible for policing the implementation of the UK-specific version…

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