In an effort to get this site scoring higher on Google (page Rank is only 2!) and Bing, I’ve made some changes to the Theme and have altered the way that the site is caching. Specifically I am now using the WP Super Cache plugin
You may find that you have more little trouble when you are adding a comment with the page reloading much slower, but for everyone else the page should be faster and cleaner on my poor host server. If this is a problem drop my a line somehow and let me know what the problem is…
I have stopped caching the database and instead am relying on a page cache. This means that logged in users get priority (and the random backdrops and so on).
I’ve also fixed the Theme so that Firefox users are no longer getting the mobile theme (as Firefox has now got sensible html5 and css3 and can cope with the site properly (or at least more properly)), and have corrected the issue where the Site header was H1 as well as the Page Headline… (multiple H1 tags are terribly bad apparently- which was news to me as I always thought they were going to disappear as purely style).
So the results are: A better faster searching site, with better google page rank (I hope that one will take a little while to propagate), better SEO* for content searches, faster page serving (with lower overheads) for most users.
I can even precache the whole site (which I won’t be doing) to maximise the effect, but honestly I think my server would grind to a halt if I tried to generate cached versions of the 10,000+ posts and tweets archived on the site 🙂
All of this has meant that today I only finished off one cover/illustration: It’s for one of my favourite stories in Ironmaster & Other Tales, the rather nasty ‘Beyond The Gates Of Gloaming’ a tale of a bad copper getting worse than even he deserves in the form of a little Faery justice…
*SEO is Search Engine Optimization. Which are the rules that Google and Bing use to decide how important a page is. I’ve just installed the Yoast SEO plugin to handle descriptions and so on (can’t hurt – might help). My site score low mostly because very few people link directly to my pages (although I know loads of people read the Science-In-Sci-Fi posts every day, but very few stop to drop me a comment or share the content) and so I don’t score very highly on Google if you search for Indie Author (I score better if you search for CJ Moseley or my books though…). If you like this site (or any other Indie Author’s pages) why not tweet a comment with a page link, that lets you comment (on my site at least) automatically and creates a back link to their/my site raising its profile in Google and Bing.