Category Archives: Wordpress

BlankSlate theme

I’ve been using the “Sandbox” theme for a while and wanted a change so had a look at some other WordPress themes. A lot of themes seem to add quite a bit of “bloat” and I wanted just the basic theme that I can then customise. My “style.css” file is pretty basic just: html,body{background-color:white; color:dimgrey; […]

Phpmyadmin problems

Seem to have been having some annoying problems recently with phpmyadmin – I think it got upgraded by the upgrade was not properly configured and it kept causing mysql to crash. After a bit of searching I found that using sudo dpkg-reconfigure phpmyadmin seemed to do the trick – I can now use phpmyadmin normally […]

Italic Smile Theme

I have been using the “Sandbox” theme since starting wordpress at the start of 2013 but I was starting to feel there was simply too much white space in the blog. There are a LOT of themes if you go to the “add theme” menu so I have tried the “Italic Smile” theme which seems […]


I’m trying to decide if flash or no flash works best for this type of shot, and manual flash at 1/64 power seems to work best. Other settings are ISO154, 1/30s, f/1.9 I have discovered a new trick with the GRD IV if you need to view photos without fully powering up the camera. Pressing […]


Still testing out different focus setting on the GRD4 , yesterday I was testing the setting just below the 3m mark, and today the setting just above the 3m mark.    As the GRD4 has a small sensor it has a large DOF so one focus setting will cover many situations, which is good in many […]


My W3TC plugin seems to have caused some problems and crashed my server. I have had to reimage the server but have left W3TC off for now.   Perhaps the saying “if it ain’t broke” comes to mind. Update:  Have now re-enabled W3TC but have not selected all the options

W3 Total Cache for WordPress

I have been noticing that my page has not always been loading too fast, so I have now installed the W3 Total Cache (W3TC) plugin for WordPress. I’m hoping it has started to improve the performance of the site. I’ve been running some tests on the GTmetrix site and it looks like some improvements […]

WordPress Permalinks

I’m trying to work out what is the best permalink structure to use for my site. I thought about using the default WordPress structure but it seems a bit basic with just the post id, but it is supposed to be good for speed & efficiency. I have been running a wordpress.COM blog for a […]

WordPress Setup

I’ve been doing some work on the WordPress setup process, as I’ve botched it up a few times now, but luckily tagadab easily allow me to re-image my server which only takes about 5 minutes. I’ve now switched to using a Ubuntu 12-04 LTS version (64 bit) instead of Debian, and this is easy to […]

IPv6 enabled

I have now upgraded my ADSL to IPv6 with the Technicolour Router, so thought it would make sense to make my website IPv6 enabled as well. Unfortunately 5quidhost are not yet IPv6 ready, and they explained that it was related to cpanel support, as they use cpanel for their hosting. Luckily Tagdab offer IPv6 hosting […]

Sandbox Theme

I’ve been using the twenty twelve theme for a while, but I think I actually prefer the “sandbox” theme by that I used on my blog. It’s quite a minimalist theme, and twenty twelve just seems a bit “generic” in appearance. Im not sure why the version of sandbox is one version […]


I’m trying to optimise the image sizes for WordPress and notice that the Twenty Twelve theme has a 625 pixel max width, so I may as well make the “large” size 625 pixels wide as if it’s larger them WordPress simply scales to 625 anyway. Having a larger image that is scaled down just means […]

Test Image

Just testing out this twenty twelve theme – I notice there is a limit on the size of in-line images that this theme supports but I guess there is a reason for this as posting huge in-line images can present problems for people with smaller screens & mobile devices and it can slow down the […]

New Blog

Have decided to use for my blog instead of, so starting a new blog rather than try and migrate 2 weeks worth of blogs to this new site. I was using the “sandbox” theme previously, but it seems that this theme has not been updated for some time and there was a warning […]