My aim of writing at least one new post month failed rather quickly. Although, let’s be honest, I can’t imagine anyone has visited my site in the hope of a new update.
So what’s new? Well, after a very quiet period of around 3 months with just one new project (rest of the time filled with dull change requests/maintenance work), I am now working on three fairly big sites; an equity firm, celebrity chef, and a chain of delis. I’ll blog more about these when they are live. I started these in June and it should keep me busy for at least another month.
The Web Kitchen created Firefly’s website over eight years ago. Amazingly it had aged fairly well but with elements of flash and a very old CMS it was difficult to maintain. Fortunately, the company was recently bought by Purity soft drinks and so they decided the time was right to freshen up the website.
The rest of the site is a fairly basic catalogue website. It’s a little bit content light at the moment but hopefully Firefly will add a few more news stories and pages over the coming months.
If you like the Firefly site then check out the new site for Juice Burst drinks, another Purity owned company. It was developed by a colleague at The Web Kitchen.
A quick update to my hosting setup. I noticed the other
day month that CloudFlare offer a free package so I thought I’d give them a try despite not requiring them for a site of this size. I found it very easy to setup – simply change your name servers and go. I like that they offer free SSL (something I already had from Let’s Encrypt), basic DDoS protection and HTTP2. However, after a couple of weeks I decided to delete my account as I have a few concerns over the privacy side of things (I’m not the only one). That said, I would probably still suggest it to a client looking for a budget firewall. I am just being a little paranoid.
In that same post, I recommended TSO hosting and I still do. For the amount that they charge, it’s hard to find to a better host. I am starting to find a few limitations. For one, they don’t have WP-CLI installed on their cloud package. Fortunately it’s very easy to install it yourself. Firstly, download WP-CLI to the user root directory in the usual way:
curl -O https://raw.githubusercontent.com/wp-cli/builds/gh-pages/phar/wp-cli.phar
Then edit ~/.bashrc and add the following line:
alias wp='/usr/bin/php-5.6-cli ~/wp-cli.phar'
That’s it. You now have WP-CLI on your TSO cloud package. One issue that I haven’t quite figured out is that when you install a new WordPress site, it will set the URL as domain.com/public_html but this is easily fixed.
Thanks for reading.