11 Steps Toward WordPress Optimization (for both of us)

This is a WordPress website. And I have done a lot of WordPress optimization in the last 6 months. That optimization correlates with a more than 500% increase in traffic and an almost 50% reduction in webpage loading time. In case you’re interested in how I optimize the website, here’s a summary.

A.  Security

1.  Your connection to this site is encrypted! So no one can see what email address you use to subscribe to or comment on this blog (more on that below). It’s like your bank’s website, your credit card’s website, etc. That’s why you see the 🔒 logo in your address bar, by the way. Apparently Google’s search gods prefer secure websites. I hope you do too.  😇

(How I did it: I purchased a SSL certificate from SSL.com and then asked my web host to install it — more on web hosting below.)

2.  I run regular anti-malware scans on the site to make sure that it is not wreaking havoc on me or you or anyone else.

(How I did it: with the Security and Brute-Force Firewall plugin).

B.  WordPress Optimization

3.  The site is now faster (and no longer hosted by a Endurance International Group company) after switching from Bluehost to InMotionⓇ Hosting.

(How I did it: InMotionHosting.com will tell you.)

4.  Your browser can now load each page of the site much faster because I’ve eliminated a bunch of unnecessary processes and information. Continue reading 11 Steps Toward WordPress Optimization (for both of us)

How To Create A Digital Library

I find that computers, software, and various internet services drastically improve academic life. For example, I have my digital library (10,000+ books and papers) in my pocket right now. In this post, I’ll talk about how that works.

Related post: how to listen to your books and papers using text-to-speech.

The Basics

If you are thinking about creating or organizing a digital library, then I recommend thinking about 6 things: Continue reading How To Create A Digital Library

How To Write A Philosophy Paper: 4 Criteria, 9 Tips

When my students ask about how to write a philosophy paper, I tell them to aim for three or four criteria. And if they want more guidance, I give them writing tips. Below are the criteria — in order of importance — and the tips.†

1.  Clarity

What this means: It should be difficult for me to misunderstand you.††

So don’t waste time crafting long sentences with big words. Instead, aim for a 6th to 9th grade reading level. Yes, I know: that’s not how many academics write.††† But many academics do not write well.

1st Writing Tip: Continue reading How To Write A Philosophy Paper: 4 Criteria, 9 Tips

You Should Have an Academic Social Network Profile (and Maybe a Website): Here’s why and how

Reality check: if I am not automatically notified of your research, I’ll almost certainly never know about it. And if I can’t find you online, you might as well not exist beyond your classroom, office, or lab. So if you’re an academic who wants people to actually read your work or even know that you exist, then read the following 250 words. They explain how to make your research followable and visible. It’s really, really easy. Don’t believe me? Check out the video below where I make a website in less than 10 minutes. So stop making excuses. In the words of the great philosopher, Shia Lebouf:


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