David McCan

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My Top WP Toolset Suggestions

Last updated August 26, 2017 I recently discovered the WP Builds podcasts.  Nathan Wrigley and David Waumsley, the hosts, have interviewed some great guests with a focus on topics relevant to site builders and WordPress professionals. The discussions are informal, entertaining, and you get a good feel for the people and an inside view of their world …

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WordPress Hosting – General Overview

I have been involved in website hosting since 1995.  I’ve worked for organizations and companies who hosted their own sites.  I’ve had clients with Virtual Private Servers (VPS) for site hosting.  I’ve used shared hosting for personal websites, the websites of family members, and for a small non-profit.  From that experience, here are a few …

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WordPress and Drupal Comparison – Deep Dive

WordPress and Drupal are two very popular content management systems that are often compared. The common conclusion to most comparisons is that WordPress is good for blogs or small sites and Drupal is better for big or complicated sites. I believe that conclusion is shallow and that a deeper understanding of the differences is helpful …

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Searching for Public Domain Images – List of Best Websites

Last updated August 18, 2019 Why Add A Featured Image? If you are writing a product review or a post targeting something specific, then an image of your topic makes perfect sense and finding the right image is pretty straightforward. However, there are many times that the topic is more conceptual and you want the …

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Taking PHP Seriously

Taking PHP Seriously is a very interesting post that talks about why some large companies are using PHP, some of the shortcoming of the language, and how to use 3rd party tools to overcome those shortcomings.  A very interesting read.

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Four Four Three – Moving a Website to SSL

In my mind, PHP 7 and free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates are game changers.  PHP 7 is significantly faster and Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates lower the bar for small and medium sized sites for using SSL.  I recently moved some sites to SiteGround because they offer both of these new technologies for free through cPanel …

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The Uniform Server – A WAMP WordPress Tutorial

In this post, I will do a walk-through tutorial on setting up the Uniform Server, show you some of its features, and show how you can easily setup WordPress development sites.   I have been using the Uniform Server package on my Windows machine for local PHP programming and for running WordPress development sites. The Uniform …

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Why I Like WordPress

Here are some reasons why I like WordPress.  WordPress is a blogging and content management platform that is incredibly popular, versatile, and relatively easy to use. It is an open source project and there are hundreds, if not thousands, of people around the world working to improve and extend it.  You are free to use …

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