The race to the fastest first byte or TTFB on a WordPress site

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The fastest time to first byte is sometimes pushed aside to concentrate on other metrics thrown at us by the likes of Google and GTMetrix page speed tests. Do not be fooled by poor performance on “Think with Google“that you can easily overcome the dreaded “render blocking above the fold” javascript and CSS. Continue reading “The race to the fastest first byte or TTFB on a WordPress site”





Tracking visitor IP correctly with Cloudflare as proxy

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Resolving visitor IP’s in your logs or WordPress plugin has nothing to do with the Cloudflare plugin.



If you’re on an NGINX webserver you can put Cloudflares IP’s as rules in a iprules.conf file but you have to have the REALIP module included when NGINX is compiled. Continue reading “Tracking visitor IP correctly with Cloudflare as proxy”



The #1 Thing you can do right now to harden & protect your IP, WebServer & WordPress

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The IP Address had China written on it, but in data security bad actors in Europe, Asia and the USA can and do hijack IP’s to make you think it’s some other rat bastard. Either way we like to knock heads with them occasionally to keep on our toes… then drop em like flies. Here’s a great post to show you how to configure a firewall on your own server.



12Flat is proudly hosted on a secure Wordsrack.com hand crafted NGINX webserver. Continue reading “The #1 Thing you can do right now to harden & protect your IP, WebServer & WordPress”



Sending Transactional Emails with WP Postman Plugin using a Sendgrid API Key

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Our test environment: 2017 Theme on a Wordsrack Server built January 2017 on Ubuntu 16.04, NGINX 1.10.x webserver and PHP-7

Requirements:



  • Operational WordPress install
  • Gravity Forms WordPress Plugin
  • Postman WordPress Plugin
  • Sendgrid Account – API Key
  • An email account – We’re testing with G-Suite
  • php curl for Guzzle to work

Continue reading “Sending Transactional Emails with WP Postman Plugin using a Sendgrid API Key”



NGINX 1.10 on Ubuntu 16.04 and PHP 7.0x

This 12Flat experimental site is served by Wordsrack on a hardened 80GBps infiniband network delivering WordPress at scale with:

PHP 7.0.x



nginx/1.10.0 (Ubuntu)

Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS
And all that!

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