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What is a CDN?

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A Content Distribution Network (CDN) is an easy way for busy websites to make their site both faster to load and cheaper to run. And with MaxCDN and the free WordPress plugin W3 Total Cache it also VERY EASY to implement. I’ve been using MaxCDN since April, 2010 … and it was probably just a few months after that I discovered the W3 Total Cache plugin for my WordPress sites. How a CDN Works A CDN makes your website faster by taking static files (such […]

Attention, Bloggers! You Need These Books!

by Barbara Feldman October 2, 2012

I’ve got a couple of great books sitting on my desk that I’m giving away this week to one lucky winner. I’ve met the authors, and you should be prepared to be blown away. Here’s the deal. Amy Jo Martin is a social media pioneer who figured out that her passion was teaching people to do hard stuff, just like her Dad taught her to ski the double black diamond trails when she was little. That’s why she has two black diamonds tattooed on her […]

How Many Tweets Is Too Many?

by Barbara Feldman January 23, 2012

Do you follow me on Twitter? A few years ago I stopped tweeting about Surfnetkids resources for calendar events, but I am going to start again. Yay! The Surfnetkids Calendar includes both the obvious (Martin Luther King Day: Jan 16, 2012 http://bjf.me/xKchG1) and the obscure (Nellie Bly Returns From Her 72-day Trip Around the World: Jan 25, 1890 http://bjf.me/ABiIBJ). But I have a question. Should I tweet all the events in the Surfnetkids Calendar? That might be 2 or 3 a day. Or should I […]

One Space or Two at the End of a Sentence?

by Barbara Feldman October 11, 2011

AAAARGH! Am I the last person on the Internet to learn that modern typography calls for just one space after a sentence, not two? In my defense, yes, I did learn to type on a manual typewriter, which had a monospaced (fixed-width) Courier font. On the other hand, I have been writing and publishing on the Internet for more than (hmmmm) sixteen years! To learn exactly why the double space after a period has been abandoned, here are two articles. The first is from Grammar […]

How to Track Multiple Sites with Google Analytics

by Barbara Feldman September 7, 2011

As the publisher of more than fifty sites, I have more than a hundred profiles in my Google Analytics accounts. Spotting trends across this many individual reports is rather difficult without an aggregate view. After thinking about it, I figured I had four options. I’m sure there are more ways to do this, but here’s what I came up with. In order to view an aggregate report across multiple Google Analytics profiles, I could either: manually export each profile to a spreadsheet or learn to […]

My WordPress Poem

by Barbara Feldman July 18, 2011

As a few of you probably know, my flagship site Surfnetkids.com began in 1996, back in the early days of the Internet. Over the years, I progressed from writing HTML code in a text editor, to writing HTML code in an HTML editor (my fav was Homesite), to using Movable Type as a content management system (aka a CMS). Within the last few years, however, I began moving some sites (including this one) to WordPress, and now all my new sites are being created in […]

Which WordPress Theme Do I Recommend?

by Barbara Feldman February 22, 2011

Are you a WordPress fan? I am. Over the last twelve months, I have built more than forty sites with WordPress (including this one.) Along the way, I learned a lot about getting things done with WordPress. A few days ago a friend asked me which premium WordPress theme/framework I recommended, and I decided to publish my answer here, in case anyone else finds it useful. Drumroll please, the answer is: Thesis! I don’t think I would have made the big jump from Movable Type […]