I will try to document and list everything I can think of, that this website uses, from hosting to monitoring, including WordPress and all of its plugins, front-end and frameworks, etc. If you have any questions, suggestions on something I should add/remove/replace, please reach out!
Server / Hosting
Right now, as of January 11th, 2017 this website is hosted on my Funio shared hosting re-seller account running PHP 7. This is enough for the traffic I get and I wanted to have a quick start, from the ground, so I can document the process of migrating to a VPS and including more complex stuff along the way, so that you guys can follow and hopefully learn a few things. Besides using WordPress.com or any WordPress managed hosting, this website is the simplest form of WordPress installation. For now.
As mentioned above, I use WordPress as a CMS. I don’t think WordPress needs to be described nor presented, it powers a good part of the internet and it’s amazing. Here are the WordPress components that are currently active.
I use the Twenty Seventeen theme and I’ve got a custom made theme coming up.
[Update – March 2016] As of March 2016, I now use the GeneratePress premium theme and highly recommend it. It it highly customizable and highly optimized for performance. You can read more about the theme in the documentation section of their website.
[Update – April 2016] Here is a quick list of plugins I’ve installed in the last few weeks and what I use those for:
- Advanced Custom Fields – Used mainly for the Running log book fields; distance, pace etc.
- EWWW Image Optimizer – Name says it all. Optimizing images for better performance and SEO.
- ILab Media Tools – I use it to offload images to Amazon S3. I tested it for a client first then decided to keep it.
- The SEO Framework – To manage my website’s SEO.
- WP Rocket – For overall website performance.
I use Google Analytics, of course, what else? I’ve sanitized it a bit with the help of this great post by Carlos Escalera and it looks pretty neat and clean of spam. I’ve also setup a few goals that I am going to discuss about later.
Although I own this exact same Parka, the picture on the home page is not mine. It was taken from Unsplash. Check it out. Those pictures are amazing to look at.
This is it. As you can see, the website, in it’s current form is pretty basic. Don’t worry, I plan to add more complexity and will share the process and my findings along the way. I also like to give credits to people so you might find great resources along the way too.