Content management

Migrating 'The Perfect Twang' from WordPress to Hugo

Notes on learning how to use the Hugo static site generator and migrate a personal blog.

4 minute read

Learning a blogging platform outside the WordPress domain has been on my mind for a while. I’ve been working with WordPress sites as an author, editor or general maintenance man, for ten years now and I felt it was time to expand my horizons. So, I researched static site generators and settled on Hugo as a new platform to learn. Aside from learning a new technology, another reason for moving the blog to a static site generator is that my WordPress sites just seem so slow these days, despite optimising and aggressively caching where I can.

Self-hosted WordPress site housekeeping

After nearly a year of neglect, I've cleaned up this site behind the scenes. There are no visual design changes but the content now loads faster.

3 minute read

This post was originally titled Optimising this self-hosted WordPress site. However, optimising is too grand a word for what I’ve done. After nearly a year of neglect, I’ve cleaned up this site behind the scenes. There are no visible changes to the design but, hopefully, the content now loads faster. Below is a list of improvements to serve as my own memory aid so I can repeat the steps on other self-hosted installations.

Add Google authorship markup to WordPress sites using All in One SEO Pack

How to update single- and multi-author WordPress sites to improve how your posts display in Google search results.

4 minute read

[Updated 28 August 2014: John Mueller of Google Webmaster Tools announced that Google will stop showing authorship results in Google Search.] I’ve read up on Google authorship markup this week, particularly in the context of adding it to self-hosted WordPress sites. For Google, the idea is to surface popular authors’ web content in search results. For writers or anyone publishing online, you can assert ownership of your content and enhance your personal brand online.