Optimizing Wordpress and Apache for Speed

Since last November I’ve been busy getting my website noticed by search engines. All the extra modules and tweaking resulted in an indexable, yet slow-loading website. Not a fun thought if you consider it all looks pretty simple. Google’s Webmaster Tools notified me that my site was steadily getting slower and slower.
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Stopping referrer spam (Part 2)

Let’s add a little more data to my previous article on stopping referrer spam. It’s the current list of blocked IP addresses. Currently the list blocks 245 addresses.
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Stopping referrer spam (or die trying)

Referrer spam, to some webmasters something unknown, to others a severe pain in the butt. People visiting your website while faking a refferer aren’t that bad, but people actually using webspiders to massively desecrate your website statistics are very annoying, these people need to be targeted.
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Overriding PHP settings

You’re migrating your site to your brand new Plesk server and your site doesn’t behave like it should. This is probably because of the default PHP settings that Plesk enforces. Examples are safe_mode and magic_quotes_gpc. Here’s how to take care of that.
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DirectoryIndex index.html overruled by index.php

When building a site in PHP, you might want to put an index.html up to keep unwanted eyes away from your new site. The index.html however is overruled by index.php. Here’s how to fix this.
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