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GIDBlog Learning Journal

Certbot and Cloudflare DNS Plugin

I learnt today that I can run Certbot to create and renew Let’s Encrypt SSL/TLS for domains/web sites not hosted on the same machine – a fact I didn’t know before today.

Also, because Certbot can be used to manage Let’s Encrypt certificates for domain names hosted elsewhere, there is no requirement for the system running Certbot to have a web server like Apache/httpd running (for domain verification purposes).

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GIDBlog Learning Journal

Compress your PHP-FPM pages

Since the recent upgrade to gidblog.com, this web site is currently being hosted by various Docker containers. One of the Docker containers used is, of course, one derived from a Docker image like php:7-fpm-alpine.

I must confess that this is my first endeavour using PHP-FPM with Apache. All these years I have only been using the Apache module: mod_php to handle all my PHP web pages.

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WordPress Plugin for Google AdSense Auto Ads

I will show you how I inserted Google AdSense Auto Ads JavaScript ad code to this web site today.

The Google AdSense Auto Ads ad code is only a single line long, so it was unnecessary to get overly complicated with the plugin or PHP code.

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GIDBlog Learning Journal

WordPress Plugin for Google Analytics

I will show you how I inserted Google Analytics tracking code to this web site today.

I chose to write a WordPress plugin to accomplish this task but since I only manage 2 WordPress sites, I didn’t develop it with a lot of bells and whistles.

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How to change your WordPress Permalink Structure

Today I sat down to modify the permalink structure for this web site. The URLs for this blog used to include the /YYYY/MM/ date parts in them, and until recently, I never really gave them much thought except to think that it was sometimes interesting.

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GIDBlog News

Popular Sharing Buttons for GIDBlog.com

After such a long delay, I finally implemented share buttons from the 3 most popular social networking sites here today. The 3 most popular social networking sites are — at least according to me — Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will find a little bar where you can find the various buttons to Like, +1 or Tweet the story to your family, friends and associates.

A screenshot of gidblog.com site social network buttons.
Partial screenshot of gidblog.com site social network buttons.
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GIDBlog News

GID Spam Detector 1.1.0

Updated my plugin, GID Spam Detector, to version 1.1.0 today.

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SSL Access for GIDBlog

Starting today, you can also access www.gidblog.com securely, with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).

https.gidblog.com

Try it – https://www.gidblog.com.

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Introducing GID Spam Detector

Just under a week old, and GIDBlog.com has already attracted the comment spammers once again. So this morning I decided I need to fix this before I do anything else.

Introducing GID Spam Detector, a custom WordPress plugin I have started to develop for this site to keep the comment spammers away.

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And We’re Back!

GIDBlog.com was temporarily shut down for over a week, and now we’re back up again. Whew!