WordPress self-hosting – what has to be considered?

 
self-hosted-wordpressI’ve been working with WordPress for over 9 years now and have already created, set-up and driven some blogs at this time. My own blogs all run on their own vServer. But if a friend or one of my family circle says “I want to start a blog, can you help me with the installation?”, then the blog usually ends up on a webspace.
But which webspace package is suitable? What are the installation requirements for WordPress and can not you simply take a free provider? I would like to clarify these and other questions.
WordPress self-hosting or ready to take-off solution?
If I am asked what I would recommend to a beginner – host the blog himself or use a complete solution like wordpress.com – then my answer is always always hosting itself. (If you don’t trust me, […]

Switch WordPress to HTTPS with free Let’s Encrypt certificates

How to switch your WordPress blog to HTTPSAs the one or other may have noticed, en.code-bude.net is running strictly via HTTPS protocol since some days. All requests via HTTP protocol will be redirected to HTTPS. How exactly the switch from HTTP to HTTPS for code-bude.net was realised and what things to have in mind, I want to explain in the following article.
This article shall show you how to change your WordPress blog setup from HTTP to HTTPS. As a basis for the article I used my setup, which consists of a VPS (virtual private server) with runs Ubuntu Server as operating system and Apache as a web server.
To give you a better overview, I divided the article in the following parts:

Why you should use HTTPS for a WordPress blog?
How to install Certbot and generate SSL certificates
Automatically renew SSL certificates with Certbot
Configure Apache to use Let’s Encrypt certificates
Switch […]

Activating margin and border settings for images in WordPress

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The new 3.9 release of WordPress brought with it some new changes. Sadly, this time around at least one feature was removed, which is missed by quite a few people. Since WordPress 3.9 it’s impossible to edit borders or margins in the image editor.
This isn’t a huge problem for me personally, since I know how to set these properties manually in HTML. Still, this workaround isn’t always the best solution and editing HTML isn’t for every WordPress user. Solving this problem is going to be the topic of this article.
Activating the margin and border editing interface
At the moment, to be able to conveniently edit the borders and margins in the new version of WordPress you need a plugin. It’s called Advanced Image Styles and it’s available for free in the WordPress plugin repository. After you‘ve […]

Top 7 WordPress SEO plugins

Top 7 WordPress pluginsSome days ago I was asked about my absolute favorite WordPress SEO plugins. At first I had to think about it for a while, because I wasn’t sure how to define what’s a “SEO plugin” and what isn’t. But now I’m sure.
The following is my personal top 7 of WordPress SEO plugins that I also use here on code-bude.net and/or en.code-bude.net. It should be noted that all the plugins I use are available to download for free.
All in One SEO Pack
14 million bloggers can’t all be wrong – that’s how often this plugin is downloaded. It’s All in One SEO pack, and the name speaks for itself. The plugin can perform a whole multitude of optimisations on your site. I personally use it only to automatically generate meta […]