How to enable Gzip Compression on your WordPress Site

Enabling Gzip on your website is a great way to speed things up a little. Gzip can reduce your page sizes by over 70%, which in turn will allow your site to load faster. This could also have SEO benefits due to search engines like Google preferring faster sites, this could potentially allow your website to rank higher in search results.

Let us not kid ourselves here. Enabling Gzip is only one of many ways to speed up your site so don’t expect your website to shoot to No.1 in the Google search results there are many factors Google take into consideration. But as they say…every little helps.

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Apple Releases iOS 8.1.3

As updates go iOS 8.1.3 is far from a major release, it is purely a Bug Fix and Performance release. That being said its still worth updating if your like me and spend a good portion of your day on your iOS devices.

If you are jailbroken I would recommend holding off until its been confirmed that you can jailbreak 8.1.3, but I would imagine Apple has patched a few vulnerabilities which the jailbreak would need.

You can update your iOS device to 8.1.3 by going to Settings > General > Software Update. I would suggest backing up your device via iCloud or iTunes before updating.

If you would like to know what fixes and performance improvements have been made in this release checkout the changelog below.

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Apple Updates OS X Yosemite with 10.10.2 Bug Fixing Update

In the last few minutes Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, which includes a number of bug fixes and security updates.

I am sure most people are in the same boat as me and praying this update finally fixes the Wi-Fi issues that have plagued OS X Yosemite. The update is available through the Mac App Store as normal.

To see a full list of changes/fixes in this version of Yosemite check out the full Changelog below.

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Add a Favicon, Apple Touch Icons and more to your Website

One of the main issues when creating websites is ensuring they look good on all platforms and browsers. This is not always as straight forward as we would like due to the many factors which need to be taken into consideration.

Something which was fairly straight forward was adding a favicon to your site, this is a unique icon that is usually displayed in the web browsers address bar or open tab. The icon is usually branded with either the websites logo or initials.

The problem now is websites also need to cater for Apple Touch Icons, Windows 8 Tiles, Windows Task Bar Icons and more. But don’t worry, you can now generate all the required code and icons by simply uploading a single image.

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Turn any printer into an AirPrint Printer using your Mac

Printing from your iPhone or iPad still seems to be harder than it should be unless you buy a dedicated AirPrint printer, which seem to cost allot more than other consumer printers.

I personally use an Epson BX305 Inkjet Printer which is wireless but does not support AirPrint, so the only way I can print from my iOS devices to this printer is using the Epson iOS app. This method works but the app itself is clunky and using a dedicated app for printing is not good for most workflows.

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WordPress Twenty Fifteen Child Theme Download

With WordPress 4.1 came a new WordPress default theme, Twenty Fifteen. The theme is a clean and responsive design and perfect for most bloggers to get their work online. If you are looking at modifying any WordPress theme you need to ensure you create a Child Theme, this allows you to modify the theme to suit your needs without theme updates overwriting the modifications you have made.

I have created a WordPress Twenty Fifteen Child Theme and packaged it in a .zip file to save others needing to create there own.

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Jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 using your Mac with PP Jailbreak

A new tool called PP Jailbreak for Mac OS X has been released which allows you to Jailbreak your iOS device running iOS 8.1.2. PP Jailbreak is of course an untethered jailbreak, which as most will know is the best type of jailbreak. PP Jailbreak is compatible with iOS 8 to iOS 8.1.2.

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Easily Redirect WordPress 404 Errors to your Homepage

One of the most annoying things when navigating a website is to click on a link and be faced with a “404 Page Not Found” page, or maybe you click on a link in Google search results and get the same error message.

Most 404 pages will have a link back to the sites homepage or a search box to allow the visitor to search for the information they are looking for, why not just automatically redirect the user back to the sites homepage? If you are running a WordPress site automatically redirecting 404 errors back to the sites homepage can be setup easily by editing one file.

Once complete if anyone visits a page or post on your WordPress Site that no longer exists they will be redirected back to your homepage automatically.

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How to Update the Firmware on your Samsung 840 Evo SSD

The Samsung 840 Evo SSD is probably one of the most successful and popular solid state drives in recent years, which is probably down to a few factors including price, reliability and speed. But as with all technology bugs and other issues do occur, but luckily these issues can usually be resolved with software/firmware updates.

The 840 Evo SSD has only had one major issue which dramatically reduces the I/O Performance for older files, this basically means older files will take longer to access. But don’t panic, Samsung has released a firmware update to fix the issue (firmware EXT0CB6Q) and following the steps below you can update the firmware on your 840 Evo in about an hour and with very little fuss.

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