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Posts Tagged ‘blogging’

How we use Trello to produce our blog

Trello_logoAt any given time, we have several people within Pingdom working on blog posts for the Royal Pingdom blog. Add to the mix that everyone has busy schedules with other tasks, the work on the blog is a melting pot made for scheduling problems and conflicts.

What keeps us sane and on track is a clever online project management service you may have heard of called Trello. Here is a description of how we use it, perhaps it can help you out as well.

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wordpress plugin pingdomLike so many of you, we’re big WordPress fans here at Pingdom, and now we’ve made it super-simple for you to add Real User Monitoring (RUM) to your WordPress site.

By adding RUM to your WordPress site using our brand new plugin, you will get answers to questions like what browsers your visitors use, how many of them are using tablets or other devices, where are they located, and many more. With this information you can then take steps to improve the performance of your site.

Real User Monitoring is available on all our plans, including the free one, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t add this plugin to your WordPress site today.

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Traffic to the blog platform, 2006-2015

wordpress-iconAutomattic’s blog hosting platform just keeps growing. Traffic is up 25% compared to a year ago, and 79% compared to the year before that. It hosts around half of all WordPress sites in the world (of which there are currently 54.7 million)

It’s easy to forget how it started, as a small service by the people behind the open source WordPress blog software. Here is Matt Mullenweg’s short announcement from back in November of 2005, when was opened up for everyone:

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Web performance of the world's top 100 blogs

We often measure and analyze the web performance of sites here on the Royal Pingdom blog. Most recently we did a study of top ecommerce sites. Now, we’ll dig into the world’s top 100 blogs.

As you might expect, performance among these top 100 blogs is a rather mixed bag. There are sites that are small, fast, big, large, and everything in between. We have all the numbers and charts for you.

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In this show, we talk to Jon Buscall of Jontus Media, a digital marketing strategy, content creation, and web design business, about podcasting.

Jon creates and publishes podcasts for his own company as well as for clients so he has plenty of experience to share. We talk about why you, as a company, would want to start a podcast; what kind of equipment is needed; and how a podcast can fit in the mix of blogging, social media and what else you’re already doing.

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WordPress completely dominates top 100 blogs

WordPress is no doubt a very popular web publishing platform for blogs and other types of websites. But just how popular is it?

We just completed a study and found that WordPress is in use by 49% of the top 100 blogs in the world. This is an increase from the 32% we recorded three years ago.

Other developments since then include that custom blog publishing platforms are more common now, TypePad has all but disappeared from the top 100, Tumblr has made an entrance, and some companies really don’t want to spill the beans about what solutions they use.

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Tumblr now has 50 million blogs, 20 billion posts

About Tumblr

Tumblr has almost doubled in size since last fall. Back in September 2011, the blogging service hosted 28 million blogs containing a total of 10 billion blog posts. Today, Tumblr has passed 50 million blogs, and its users have produced more than 20 billion blog posts.

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Pingdom Podcast #15 – Squiz CMS and open source

In this show we were joined by Jacob Gardiner, National Hosting Manager at Squiz. They develop a portfolio of products centered on an open source CMS called Matrix. Check out their Suite and Labs. We talked about a range of issues including how to make money on open source, responsive web design, and much more.

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Pingdom’s Podcast is a weekly show about Internet, web, security, app development, and other mobile stuff. In this show we were joined by Brandon Mathis who is the creator of Octopress, “a blogging framework for hackers.” Brandon works at MongoHQ but has a career as freelance designer and developer behind him. We talk a lot about designers and developers, covering issues like how do the two work together. We also talk about Octopress, a blogging framework Brandon created when he found that WordPress wasn’t suitable for what he needed.

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Testing the speed of comment systems for blogs

For blogs and many other types of sites, getting an interaction going with readers is essential. But it would seem that many believe that installing a third-party comment system on a website, something like Disqus, IntenseDebate, or LiveFyre, drags down the site’s speed considerably.

Instead of spurring on debate, discussion, and interaction, a slower site could discourage users to take part, and users could instead end up leaving the site. But is it really the case that adding these comment systems slow down sites?

We put five comment systems to the test and found out that there’s less difference in speed than you might think.

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