Interesting WordPress Bug – Help Needed

I've encountered a small WP bug in a critical feature on the blog this morning, and since it has me baffled I thought I would post it and ask for help.

Whenever I write a review or long post, I like to add an auto-generated TOC (this one). It's a quick and easy way to add a useful feature without having to code the TOC by hand. The TOC is added by way of a shortcode which looks something like this: Continue reading

So I’ve moved to a new webhost …

After much thought, I have chosen a radical solution to the ongoing access issues my site has been suffering for the past few days.

I've moved The Digital Reader from 1And1 to MediaTemple. They have a decent reputation, don't appear to engage in astroturfing or have fake spokespersons, and MediaTemple offers a $30 a month managed WordPress service. That last detail means they (hopefully) know more about WordPress than me. Continue reading

Help Needed

Can someone recommend an expert who can help me trouble shoot the problems with my blog?

Over the past 3 days I have been having serious issues with my blog using excess resources and hitting the limits imposed by my web host. (This is why the blog has been inaccessible.) I have tried everything I can think of to resolve this issue but nothing works. At this point I need an expert.

The problems started sometime on Tuesday.  Without any increase in traffic, my blog suddenly started maxing out its resources limits. Since then I have run security checks, turned off plugins, replaced the blog theme, and tried everything else that I could find online (short of switching to a new webhost.)

I'm stumped. If anyone has any suggestions, or knows an expert that I can hire, please let me know.

Introducing the Calmer, Less Angry Digital Reader Blog

Anyone who has been reading this blog for more than a few months is probably familiar with my writing style, and you may have noticed a marked change to that style over the past few weeks.

The posts on this blog have been shorter, more numerous, less snarky, and covered a broader range of topics than what I was writing 6 months or a year ago, and they're going to stay that way. Continue reading

The Digital Reader is now on Google Plus

This is just a quick note to let my readers know that I have succumbed to the Google. I now have an account on Google+, which you can find here.

I know that I'm probably the last person you'd expect to join Google+, given how much I have foamed at the mouth, but let me share the 2 words that changed my mind:

Google Authorship.

I have been told by a number of people that not setting up a Google+ account can negatively affect my blog's search result listings.  I don't know for a fact whether this is true, but I've read it from enough different sources that I have to take it seriously.