Wednesday, 27 May 2015

How to load or activate BIS

How to activate the Prepaid BlackBerry Internet Bundle service plan?

Set up your BlackBerry on MTN


Dial 1555 and select option 3
How to deactivate the Prepaid BlackBerry Internet Bundle service plan? Dial *141*2#
How to renewal date of the Prepaid BlackBerry Internet Bundle service plan? Dial *141*2#

Dedicated BlackBerry® Support
Phone: 1555 (from MTN) or 083 1555 from other networks (chargeable)

Virgin Mobile introduces the BlackBerry Internet Service(BIS) in Three(3) different options for prepaid.

Option 1:
The most affordable one, valid for 7 days and it will cost you only R19.
How to load/purchase it: Dial *121*5*7*
Option 2:
This is the mid-range and will only cost you R29, valid 14 days.
How to load/purchase it: Dial *121*5*14*
Option 3:
The regular ol’ R59, valid for 30 days.


Simple Steps to activate BIS on Cell C

1). Dial *147# from your Cell C Blackberry
2). Cell C Customer Menu will appear, select option 5 for Blackberry
3). This will prompt you to select the service required, select option 1 for BIS service at R57.00
4). You will be asked to select 1 to confirm the transaction
5). It will indicate the service will be active for a 30 day period and indicate the date of expiry.
6). There will be an automated message generated 72 hours prior to expiry which will then prompt you to resubscribe.

How to Activate or load BIS on vodacom

Option 1
You can also activate Vodacom BIS by dialing *111# and selecting bundle purchases. Then buy the BIS service for R59.
option 2
On VodaCom prepaid you need to SMS “BlackBerry” to 100 which will also take R62 from your airtime each month and activate the service for you

How to reduce the CPU Usage on wordpress with WP SuperCache?

What I need to do to reduce the CPU Usage and process running of on Wordpress site? This is the common question most SEO, bloggers and site administrators ask every time. But there is no real solution than most will tell you need to have Caching plugin on your wordpress.


Google is using site speed in web search ranking

Google has begun emphasizing the importance of how fast your website loads by including site loading speed as a ranking factor in their search engine. If your website loads slowly, you should take some steps to improve its loading time. This tutorial can help you speed up the loading time of your WordPress website by focusing on  Expiry Time & Garbage Collection setting in WP SuperCache and caching, the two most important factors for improving website loading time. You can read the Google blog entry in which the company talks about using site speed as a web search ranking factor here.
Today I will be giving proven solution to better improve your site performance with WP Super Cache.  Did you know that Expiry Time & Garbage Collection setting in WP SuperCache play a big role in reducing the CPU load and process running of your site?

WP Super Cache WordPress plugin (and you should, if you use WordPress), it has a settings page section titled “Expiry Time & Garbage Collection”. It sets the “Cache Timeout” to 3600 seconds by default, and warns that you should set it lower on a busy site.


Quoting from WP Super Cache 
Garbage Collection
  • Garbage collection is the simple act of throwing out your garbage. For this plugin that would be old or stale cached files that may be out of date. New cached files are described as fresh.
  • Cached files are fresh for a limited length of time. You can set that time in the Cache Timeout text box on this page.
  • Stale cached files are not removed as soon as they become stale. They have to be removed by the garbage collecter. That is why you have to tell the plugin when the garbage collector should run.
  • Use the Timer or Clock schedulers to define when the garbage collector should run.
  • The Timer scheduler tells the plugin to run the garbage collector at regular intervals. When one garbage collection is done, the next run is scheduled.
  • Or, the Clock scheduler allows the garbage collection to run at specific times. If set to run hourly or twice daily the garbage collector will be first scheduled for the time you enter here. It will then run again at the indicated interval. If set to run daily it will run once a day at the time specified.

There are no best garbage collection settings but here are a few scenarios.
  • Garbage collection is separate to other actions that clear our cached files like leaving a comment or publishing a post.
  • Sites that want to serve lots of newly generated data should set the Cache Timeout to 60 and use the Timer scheduler set to 90 seconds.
  • Sites with widgets and rss feeds in their sidebar should probably use a timeout of 3600 seconds and set the timer to 600 seconds. Stale files will be caught within 10 minutes of going stale.
  • Sites with lots of static content, no widgets or rss feeds in their sidebar can use a timeout of 86400 seconds or even more and set the timer to something equally long.
  • Sites where an external data source updates at a particular time every day should set the timeout to 86400 seconds and use the Clock scheduler set appropriately.

Checking for and deleting expired files is expensive, but it’s expensive leaving them there too. On a very busy site you should set the expiry time to 600 seconds. Experiment with different values and visit this page to see how many expired files remain at different times during the day. If you are using legacy caching aim to have less than 500 cached files if possible. You can have many times more cached files when using mod_rewrite or PHP caching.

Solution


If your site is generally very busy across all pages (for example, if you have an archive of hundreds or thousands of posts that are constantly being indexed by search engines), we've found that you should do the opposite to improve performance: set it much higher. 

We recommend setting it to 172800 seconds (which is 48 hours). This can cut your CPU usage in half, which will speed up your site.


The reason for this is that when WP Super Cache creates a cached page, it wants to make sure that those pages don't build up forever. Every ten minutes or so, it looks through them all and deletes any that are older than the “cache timeout”.

To resolve the notice about garbage collection, scroll down on the advance settings page to the Expiry Time & Garbage Collection section and set up a time and frequency for garbage collection of cached files on your server as shown below



On some servers that use a network file system called “NFS”, looking through a large number of files causes performance problems. That’s why the WP Super Cache author recommends making them expire quickly: it reduces the number of files it has to examine each time.





Monday, 25 May 2015

10 SEO Proven tips to better optimise WordPress



To get a better optimise WordPress and high search engine rankings for your blog takes lot hard work and time. Everyone well knows the benefit of SEO and developing a quality content or business.


What can you do to better optimise your WordPress?


You could hire a SEO consulting firm, but if you lack a budget, this article is perfect for you. You just started a new blog obvious you don't have enough budget.

I will replicate only better proven ways to optimise WordPress at home without hiring SEO.  Just follow the steps carefully to achieve better results.

1. Google PageSpeed Insights 


Google PageSpeed Insights measures how a page can be improved based on: Time to above-the-fold load: Elapsed time form the moment a user requests a new page and to the moment the above-the-fold content is rendered by the browser and Time to full page load: Elapsed time from the moment a user requests a new page to the moment the page is fully rendered by the browser.  It is part of Google PageSpeed Tools which provides both analysis and optimization services. 

PageSpeed Insights doesn't require you to host your site with or be a customer of Google. You don't have to fill out any annoying registration forms, set up an account, or provide an email address to use it. You can enter any URL you'd like to check; you do not need to be the owner or administrator. There is no need to provide any credentials for the site being analyzed, nor share any other confidential information.

2. Choose  better Web Hosting service provider 

Hosting a site on shared hosting is not cheap it cost a lot  on the speed of your site. Check server response time if its under 200ms, so if you’re on a shared server you’re going to struggle with this one. A cheap web host offering monthly plans for R30 complete with unlimited page views and unlimited space might seem like a bargain, but the trade off is usually slow site speeds and frequent down time during high traffic periods. 

How  many often your site is down, there is nothing more important than having a 24×7 operating web host. You need a web host is operating on a powerful server and stable network connections. 99.5% and above is the recommended uptime score; anything below 99% is unacceptable.


3. How to Choose Good Caching Plugin


Choosing a good caching plugin never been easy goes even further, optimizing the JavaScript and CSS files by minifying and compressing them. These optimized files can also be served from the server’s memory. 

Caching your content is the way to go to improve your site’s load times. WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache is by far the most popular caching plugin available with almost 1+ million downloads. It offers browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network caching support. I am using WP Super Cache because I was getting lot of 404 from 3 Total Cache but that will depend on your hosting and theme .

The important part is how to install and Setup WP Super Cache Setup  Please take note of the following on “Expiry Time & Garbage Collection” I recommend setting it to 172800 seconds (which is 48 hours). This can cut your CPU usage in half, which will speed up your site

4. Optimize Your Images


Optimizing your images will also helps to boost your WordPress SEO  not only site load faster.

I  recommend to used EWWW Image Optimizer  Reduce file sizes for images within WordPress that will benefit you to improve the speed of your image load time. you can also use your choice if it works perfect for you.
  • There are some easy ways to further speed up your site:
  • If you publish blog posts on your homepage, publish only excerpts or summaries and reduce the number of posts to five or less.
  • Keep widgets to a minimum. Only use widgets that are absolutely necessary.
  • Remove inactive or unnecessary plugins.
Overall, a clean and focused site design will help your page not only look good, but load quicker as well.

5. Optimise CSS and JavaScript code, and compressing it

Autoptimize will help you to Optimizes your website, concatenating the CSS and JavaScript code, and compressing it. I like it because it works with WP Super Cache better.

6. Leverage Browser Caching

If you set an expiry date or a maximum age in the HTTP headers for static resources, modern browsers will load previously downloaded static resources like images, css, javascript, pdf, swf etc. from local disks rather than over the network.

So if you configure your web server to set caching headers and apply them to all cacheable static resources, your site will appear to load much faster.

Add below to .htaccess
## EXPIRES CACHING ##
<IfModule mod_expires.c>
ExpiresActive On
ExpiresByType image/jpg "access 1 year"
ExpiresByType image/jpeg "access 1 year"
ExpiresByType image/gif "access 1 year"
ExpiresByType image/png "access 1 year"
ExpiresByType text/css "access 1 month"
ExpiresByType text/html "access 1 month"
ExpiresByType application/pdf "access 1 month"
ExpiresByType text/x-javascript "access 1 month"
ExpiresByType application/x-shockwave-flash "access 1 month"
ExpiresByType image/x-icon "access 1 year"
ExpiresDefault "access 1 month"
</IfModule>
## EXPIRES CACHING ##
Leverage Browser Caching Ninja allows you to quickly leverage browser caching on your website making you 100% compliant with Google’s PageSpeed Insight rules.


7. Make sure you Choose a Fast and Lightweight Theme

I found the fast and Lightweight theme offered will benefit you, I can’t choose for you which theme you must use for your site.


8. Use Google Libraries

Google Libraries allows your site to use common javascript libraries from Google’s AJAX Libraries CDN, rather than from WordPress’s own copies. Instead, I urge you to use the Google HostedLibraries content delivery network to serve jQuery to your users directly from Google’s network of datacenters. Doing so has several advantages over hosting jQuery on your server(s): decreased latency,increased parallelism, and better caching.


9. Use a CDN

If you’re serious about speeding up your site, you may want to consider signing up to a content delivery network (CDN).

A CDN will drastically reduce server lag by storing static resources on a network of fast loading servers. I am not using these on my site.

10. Clean up your code

All that javascript and CSS you might have in your template files, move that to external javascripts and css files, and keep your templates clean, as they’re not doing your WordPress SEO any good. This makes sure your users can cache those files on first load, and search engines don’t have to download them most of the time.

Google’s new dedicated Photos app Leaks for Android screenshots




Posted by Android Police, the images show the first boot sequence of the app, which touts features like search, face-matching tech, automatic labeling and organization, sharing, and backup and sync. The app also includes new ways to navigate through your images, like pressing and holding and then dragging your finger to select multiple images.












Another notable tweak to the app is Assistant. In addition to automatically making stores and animations for you, Assistant can aid you in making your own albums, stories, animations, and collages. The editing UI has gotten a refresh as well, including the ability to snap to aspect ratios when you’re cropping a shot.

Android is Most popular mobile operating system in South Africa


Vodacom has release the latest statistics show they have 5.41 million Android users on its network – a growth rate of more than 1 million users in three months.


Android milestone far the most popular mobile operating system in South Africa, with far more users than Apple’s iOS, BlackBerry, and Windows, combined.



This growth comes after Vodacom launched low-cost Android devices in South Africa, including Vodacom’s Smart Kicka smartphone.

BlackBerry was ranked second with 2.43 million users. However, BlackBerry’s user base declined by over 200,000 over the last quarter.

Apple iOS was ranked third with 978,000 users, and Windows fourth with 536,000 users. Both these mobile platforms showed growth over the last three months.

The table below provides an overview of Vodacom subscribers by platform.

Operating systemDevice by type (in thousands)
Sep-13Mar-14Jun-14Sep-14Dec-14Mar-15
iOS (smartphones and tablets)650785775805914978
BlackBerry3,1003,0302,8952,7602,6502,434
Android (smartphones and tablets)1,4502,1902,5603,3624,3145,413
Windows270375410449476536