Decisions regarding the blog
Here I describe the decisions I made regarding the blog:
The URL is for each supported language (currently English & German) is :
For English content
For German content
Nevertheless the direct German content can also be found under the German TLD
I also have chiefdigitalofficers.org without dashes. But I see the TLD .com more valuable.
2. Open Innovation
I support Open Innovation. But I do not present disclosed information! If I should change a post, please drop a mail.
3.1 Technology stack
Of course, a web server is used as the technology stack. I use webgo as web host, especially since it is the fastest web host (in Germany) (uses e.g. SSD as hard disk, has improved my performance by about 5% compared to HDD). Furthermore webgo has a really great support, which really helps! There are other calibres like Kinsta, which are optimized for the CMS system WordPress (see below). Maybe I will move this website there.
Since I need PHP for WordPress, this website runs on an Apache webserver with PHP.
Since I use HTTPS, an encrypted HTTP connection, I use SSL. This is also helpful regarding SEO, as Google penalizes websites without SSL.
3.1.2 Update strategy
I always use the latest software versions. As soon as they are available in stable form, they will be installed.
3.1.3 Backup strategie
A backup is created every day.
3.2 CMS System
As CMS system I use WordPress. It is the de-facto standard, especially since it offers many plugins. The disadvantage is that it is not necessarily the fastest CMS system. Or rather, every plugin used also reduces the performance. There are also other CMS systems that do not fit the requirements – see also the glossary: Content Management System.
I use some plugins. I will write more information about that soon. I’m still trying to find out what is optimal here. Currently I use the following plugins for secure:
Yoast is the de facto standard for WordPress websites in terms of SEO. I use the premium Version. Whether this is worth it… There are different statements about it.
To optimize the website speed I currently use WPRocket. It costs – but it is very cool. The plugin accelerates the website significantly compared to free plugins like Autoptimize (by about 10%).
18.104.22.168 Contact Form
As contact form I use Contact Form 7, which is also the de facto standard. Does its job reliably.
I currently publish in English and German. For this I use WPML. It costs the same, but is widely spread. But a multi-language site makes a lot of things very complicated… It takes a lot of admin effort to make it all work like this. And the plugin seems very/too powerful. It already cost me a lot of nerves.
I use Google Analytics to implement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). A 2-in-1 plugin with which I can also use Google Analytics.
The current theme, the WordPress design, is Jevelin. I didn’t know it before, but according to Google it should be the best in terms of design + usability + performance. I can’t confirm this at the moment. Maybe I will change the design, e.g. to Gutenpress, which is the best in all performance measurements.