When WordPress and Other Blogs Load Too Slow or Not at All

Wordpress Site Loading Slow

I was recently visiting a friend’s blog and the page just wouldn’t load. It took FOREVER to show up on my screen after I entered the URL. I sent her a message letting her know about the problem and offered some advice on some things to look for in order to fix it.

People only spend seconds on a new website. If it doesn’t load fast enough, they are gone – typically forever.

I thought my readers might want to know things to check if their site isn’t loading properly or fast enough. These apply to WordPress specifically, but some are fairly Universal words of wisdom in web design and maintenance.

The main reason most websites don’t load quickly is the size of the images in the background, the header, the navigation or side bars, or in actual posts. Before uploading an image to WordPress, or any site online, it needs to be “compressed” for the web. Most photo or graphics design software has a built-in way to do this quite easily. You want the image to be less than 60k. Most of mine are. A few are more, but the lower the better. You can compress an image both in dimensions (which radically changes the size of the file) and the dpi.

Photoshop has a built-in method during export. You can “save for the web” and it gives you options. Pretty simple and fast once you’ve done it a few times. There are also many free sites online that you can upload your photo to and it will spit out a compressed image for you to use.

Another big loading issue is with 3rd party applications that pull from another site. Any widget you’ve added that you pasted in an html code, is subject to problems. Things like autoresponder forms, Adsense and other ads, online translators, etc. can have loading issues and cause the whole page to not load properly.

I’ve heard lots of people complaining about the latest WordPress update. I haven’t actually updated mine yet because of that. If you did do the new WordPress update, and if your site loads slow from multiple browsers and multiple people’s computers, you might want to go back to the previous version. Before doing something this drastic, I would have numerous friends check the site from their computer or phone – making sure that different parts of the country, or world, different browsers, and different internet providers are being used.

Sometimes hang ups like that are due to an incompatible plugin. Check your plugins to see if they need updating. If not, turn them off one by one to see if you can find the one that is causing things to load slowly. Or, alternately, turn them all off and turn them back on one by one, checking the site load time as you go.

Sometimes a plugin is incompatible with particular browser updates. Sometimes the plugin incompatibility isn’t with WordPress, but with the browser itself.

If you’ve discovered the plugin having problems using the turn them on or off one by one method above, or recently added a new plugin, google the name of it with the word “issue” or “problem” behind the name. You will often find forums where they are discussing compatibility issues and, if you are lucky, ways to solve the problem.

An even bigger issue can happen when a WordPress theme itself is no longer compatible with the latest version of a browser or the latest version of WordPress. We spend so much time choosing just the right theme, but when browsers or WordPress has an update, not all the bells and whistles on all the themes work any more.

I have four different browsers on my main computer and occasionally check my websites by browsing from each one. You would be amazed at how different your site looks browser to browser. It’s especially good to do this in the designing phases of web development.  The four browsers I use are: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Safari.  For normal browsing, I tend to prefer Firefox or Chrome. But for this check, since so many people also use the other two, I check them all.

Hopefully, if you are having trouble with your site not loading properly or not loading quickly enough, these insights will be of great benefit.

Have a great day,

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Align with the Divine

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“When you can tap into your own magnificence, align with the Divine, and stay in perpetual flow with the Universe, miraculous things happen.” ~ Debbie Takara Shelor

 

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BioElectric Shield Electromagnetic Protection Questions

 

BioElectric Shield for Electromagnetic Protection
“Marcie and I both love our Shields. I wear my BioElectric Shield on all flights and I’ve noticed a significant shift in my energy, particularly after long periods of time on airplanes.” – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Internationally renowned author of best-selling books including The Power of Intention

“I absolutely love it. If I’m in a car or use a cell phone I make sure I have it on. Previously as I was using the cell phone, my hands would get a very uncomfortable tingling sensation. When I put on the Shield, I’m protected and I no longer have this feeling. It’s proof of its effectiveness. I believe in them absolutely.” – Marcie Dyer, Co-Author with Wayne Dyer, A Promise is a Promise

 

Recently I received an email from someone interested in purchasing a BioElectric Shield. They had some questions and concerns.

The shield strengthens and protects a person’s energy field from electromagnetic frequencies and other people’s negativity.

This is my response to the questions:

  • “I understand your concerns. I’m glad I didn’t have those in the beginning. I saw one in a magazine and instantly, just from the photo, I KNEW I needed one. Then I read about what it does. But my inner knowing happened before I even knew its purpose.
  • Yes, they work for everyone. Medical testing has proven that. Even an independent test by Alternative Medicine Magazine. The magazine started out quite skeptical and the reporters were very surprised that the shield did, in fact, make a significant difference.
  • I’ve never owned a heart shield – it’s just not my style. However, lots of people purchase them and they are quite happy with them. I trust the company when they say that the heart is as effective as the original round design.
  • There is a 9-week return policy so you have plenty of time to determine if the shield is right for you. I’m happy to report, however, that in all the years I’ve been offering shields, only 2 or 3 have been returned. I started offering them in 1996. Of the two or three returned, at least one of those was an upgrade … meaning that the person decided on a different shield. So it wasn’t actually a return.”

Let me know if you have questions about the shield,

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How to Know When You Are In Flow by Takara

Know You are In Flow with Takara

It’s easy to know when you are not in flow because conflict, chaos, struggle, anger, sadness, and the need to “push” in order to make things happen are all too prevalent when you are out of sync with your Divine inner guidance.

Another sign is the feeling you have inside that something just isn’t quite right.

But how do you know when you are in flow, aligned with the Divine, expressing your highest potential in any given moment, and on track to fulfill your mission here on planet earth?

Those signs are easy to spot as well. Here are just a few:

  • you are in a state of inner peace, joy, and gratitude despite the outer circumstances you find yourself in or what another person says or does,
  • synchronicity accelerates,
  • unexpected opportunities seem to be around every corner,
  • tears of recognition, joy, gratitude are part of practically every conversation,
  • chills run up and down your spine quite often as you share truth with others,
  • manifestation becomes easier,
  • ease and grace seem to follow your every move,
  • you feel healthy and vibrantly alive,
  • you wake up excited to start your day,
  • situations and people that previously caused stress or upset don’t have that effect anymore,
  • decisions are easy, and
  • the “right” people and circumstances continuously come your way.

One of my favorite signs that I am in flow is the ease at which I find the best parking places even in very crowded locations.

The best way to describe being in flow is the feeling that you have. It is a state of being after all. You feel quiet elation. You experience an inner peace and joy that truly is beyond words.

The more you heal, let go of the past, embrace the now, surrender to the bigger plan for your life, allow life and situations to unfold without resistance or upset, the easier all of life becomes.

Being in joy and inner peace are your natural state of being. It takes a considerable amount of work, and often assistance, to undo the limiting beliefs and fears you have, but wow is it worth it.

If you are not experiencing these signs routinely, it simply means that you need to find ways to become more centered, balanced, aligned with the Divine, and rid yourself of the blocks and limitations you still have.

Through the various products, programs, and private sessions that I offer, I assist you with that and so much more.

It is my mission on this earth and it brings me great joy to watch and assist others as they step into their true magnificence.

Have a deLightful day,

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Takara is on the #1 Bestselling Book Tour for Dolphins & Whales Forever

Hello Dear One:

I’m currently in Southern California as part of the Dolphins & Whales Forever #1 Bestseller Book Tour. I’ve written several blogs posts on Dolphin Ohana talking all about the tour, the people, the fun, the dolphins, the whales, the activities, the highs, the lows, and everything in between.

The first post is here: http://www.dolphinohana.com/2014/07/the-dolphins-whales-forever-book-tour.html

EnJOY!

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Electromagnetic Protection with the BioElectric Shield On Sale Now

 

Do you spend much time in front of a computer, on a cell phone, inside an office, on airplanes, at the mall, or anywhere else that you are being bombarded with electromagnetic frequencies?

Then you definitely could use some protection from that harmful energy.

“Electromagnetic pollution (EMF) may be the most significant form of pollution human activity has produced in this century, all the more dangerous because it is invisible and insensible.” – Andrew Weil, M.D.

 “Marcie and I both love our Shields. I wear my BioElectric Shield on all flights and I’ve noticed a significant shift in my energy, particularly after long periods of time on airplanes.”
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Internationally renowned author of best selling books including The Power of Intention

Now through August 30th,

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Best Online Free Font Download Websites

Best Fonts Online Free Download

When I was having my first book cover designed, I was “enlightened” about fonts and copyrights. If you are doing something for commercial purposes – like an ad, you have to have rights to the font.

These are some of the places I get fonts: www.openfontlibrary.org The mission of the Open Font Library is to promote your freedoms as it relates to the use of type. All of the fonts that appear on this site come with the freedom to use, study, share and remix them.

http://www.dafont.com/ – free and public domain ~ and they indicate which. Free is typically free for personal use. Public domain can be used commercially.

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/01/09/high-quality-free-fonts-2012/#more-120954 – free fonts clearly marked whether you can or can not use for commercial use.

http://www.fontsquirrel.com/ – GREAT SOURCE.

Fonts to me are a lot like images – I only purchase images for book covers, product logos, and things like that. For articles and social media posts, I use free fonts and images.

 

Learning to Live in the Moment

Live in the moment and embrace whatever comes your way that is in harmony with you.
I lived in NM and the greatest thing I learned there was that plans change.
People say they will do things and they don’t. They say they will show up and then something happens.
And if you simply look at if for awhile you begin to realize that all is as it should be. There is no point in getting upset because anger or sadness or frustration doesn’t unblock the road construction or fix the power outage or change the flat tire.
Worry, frustration, anger, or taking it personally causes stress which eventually leads to disease and it definitely affects one’s ability to make good rational decisions. So I tend (and try) to stay in neutral, observing what’s happening in my world without expectation, resistance, or judgment of the rightness or wrongness of it. Doesn’t always work. But most of the time it does.
I invite you to do the same.

Clean Up That Email FAST by Asking How Urgent Is It?

Urgent

 

One of the biggest time sucks out there is how stuffed your email inbox can become. Too many emails to deal with leaves you with little time to focus on and manage the really important things that need to get done to earn more money and/or make a bigger difference.

A fast way to clear out some of the clutter is to search your inbox for the word “urgent” without the quotation marks. If something is marked urgent, it is typically a sales pitch where the product, program, or discount will soon end. It’s an often used tactic to get people to buy now. And it works like gangbusters.

When you type in “urgent” into your email search box, it will bring up every email that contains that word either in the title or in the text.

You can then check all with the click of one button. At least that is how it works in gmail. Don’t be so quick to hit delete though. You need to scroll down the list reviewing who sent the message and what the message is about. You can manually uncheck anything that you need to keep. Once you have gone through the list, then you can click delete.

If you accidentally deleted something that you should not have, you will be able to find it in your trash folder. So all is not lost should you get a little over zealous.

There are lots of words I use to clear out the clutter in my inbox. Urgent is just one of many. When you find yourself deleting everything that you get from a certain individual or mailing list, it’s probably time to unsubscribe from the list.

The best way to delete everything from a particular individual is to search for the email address they use to send messages.

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When You Are On Social Media, Be Social!

I don’t do business with people I don’t know and I don’t develop relationships with someone who starts the conversation with a sales pitch. Particularly when they send the same message more than once.

I had to send that to someone on Facebook this morning because they keep sending me a cut and paste message asking if I’m happy with my branding. I continued with the following.:

This is social media. So be social. If you want to be a friend, then send a friend request. If you are only trying to find random people to sell something to, then perhaps you are on the wrong social platform.

I consider my personal facebook page, my living room. Posts are like conversations at a party. Private messages are with people who I’ve had a few public conversations with by commenting on one another’s posts and enjoying the conversation.

I collaborate and do business all the time with people I met online. But none of those collaborations started out by them trying to sell me something through a private message.

You may or may not find this useful, but its how I do business.

 

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