How to Get Your Twitter Follower Number in Plain Text

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Twitter Follower Count in Plain Text

It’s easy to use a service like TwitterCounter.com to get a little chicklet button of your Twitter follower number. If you have that number in plain text though, then you can style and integrate it into your site much more attractively. In this post, I’ll show you how to get it.

You can see the end result in the top right of Tiny Buddha, a site I recently coded using Chameleon (Though this will work on any WordPress theme!)

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How to Optimize a WordPress Database

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Optimize WordPress Database

Have you looked near your MySQL database since you first set it up? If you’re like most of us, you probably don’t go in there too often.

MySQL is complicated and unfriendly to use, and well, your site works as it is. So why bother?

If you do happen to venture in there occasionally though, you might find there are a few simple tricks you can pull to make the most of your database usage. From headache-saving tricks for you, to cranking a little more performance out of your server, check out the 7 tips below.

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Automatic Amazon s3 Backups on Ubuntu / Debian

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Amazon s3 Backup on Ubuntu Server

VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting is the next level up from shared hosting. You get a lot more server usage for each of your dollars, but the catch is that you lose all of the easiness of shared hosting.

One of the most important things you need to set up with your VPS is automatic backups. If your VPS crashes and your data is lost, your entire blogging history will be wiped out in an instant if you don’t have backups at the ready.

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11 Best Ways to Improve WordPress Security

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“Why should I care about WordPress security?”

That is the question I usually get when I start talking about how to install WordPress securely. Believe it or not, many people think the chance of a hacker — or precisely, cracker or web site intruder — getting into their blog and causing havoc is slim to none.

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The Perfect Hands-Free Database Backup

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Most of us are quite lax when it comes to making regular backups of our database. It’s too much hassle, and “what are the chances it will happen to me?”

But what if your backup system happened automatically everyday, stored the backup securely on another server, and you never had to look near it?

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Bloggers, Get Familiar With Your Database

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database-server All of your posts, settings, and every other piece of data about your blog are stored in a database. Sooner or later, you are going to have to access that database directly, especially when things go wrong.

Thankfully, the level of knowledge a blogger needs to have about their database is very low. It’s easy to get to grips with, and you’ll be glad of it when that fateful day eventually comes.

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