Please don’t hire me!

Please do not hire me because the cost of living in the country where I live is way cheaper than where you live. Just because the cost of living is lower doesn’t mean you can hire my services at a fraction of rate charged by the tech people from your own country!

Of course, the cost of food and real estate are much cheaper here. The cost of food is rapidly increasing here due to globalization of food industry. However, as my life resolves around IT and products related to IT, the cost of tech products are always higher than whichever country you live in!

To illustrate with an example, iPhone X (64GB model) costs USD 999 in US. Here, the same model costs INR 87400 or approximately USD 1378 upon currency conversion. All hardware products are priced higher due to reasons only known to the retailers. Software products aren’t cheap here either, just because the cost of living is way cheaper!

So why hire me?

I care about security and performance!

Performance

I live in a city where the maximum possible connection speed is just 6mbps (as of this writing; up from 4mbps since November 2017). Also, I do not get all the latest gadgets that are just launched, because I can’t afford one. I always get products that were launched at least 6 months ago (when the prices come down a bit after the initial hype). It is not uncommon to buy products that were 2+ years old! Naturally, I get products that were older and slower. It has taught me how to utilize my existing infrastructure efficiently, such as how to speed-up a server or a site under heavily restricted speed conditions! So, performance has been my top priority, just after security!

Security

Security should always be the top most priority for any serious business. I have seen failures when security is not given the importance it deserves. We can run a successful business without a good UI or without a fast load time. But, not without keeping a close eye on security! Security is simply related to the reputation. Which business owner would want to lose his / her business reputation?! I have allegedly helped a whistle-blower to run a successful website that exposed multiple scams. If you want to know my association with that website, please search for “pothi kalimuthu savukku” in your favorite search engine. So, I know a thing or two about security and how to protect a business from bad bots, guys or girls. Of course, there is no such thing as perfect security!

Oops Moments in DevOps

A post on a new year is usually about resolutions! But, isn’t the best time to revisit the last year’s mistakes and resolve to never repeat it this year (and years to come)?! Since, my strong skills are with DevOps, I’d like to share some oops moments (you may call them blunders) that you’d never want to do it, if you are starting on DevOps or if you just want to understand where things go wrong in DevOps. In general, you go by the defaults, you’d be in trouble in the future. Whatever software you use, make sure you understand the default values and what each of them does! Here are the top three mistakes that I did… Continue reading “Oops Moments in DevOps”

Excluding iPad from wp_is_mobile!

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wp_is_mobile function in WordPress considers iPad as mobile! This scenario creates issues on iPad, iPad Pro, or any relevant tablets. To be precise, iPads are shown a mobile version of a site rather than the desktop version! Searching the internet didn’t yield a clean way to overcome this situation. Heck, there are even plugins to detect mobile devices and to exclude iPads from being mobiles.

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WP Rocket – Nginx configuration

I prefer open-source software and have been a long-time advocate of OSS in general. Recently, I started liking WP Rocket plugin that offers some unique features. I already have a perfect Nginx configuration for WP Super Cache plugin (that I consider as the best full-cache plugin till date). Since, WP Rocket uses disk caching like WPSC, I wanted to quickly convert the existing configurations to fit WP Rocket. I did succeed in it and you can find it in my WordPress-Nginx repo. Here I explain how WP Rocket stores the cached content and how it could be integrated into Nginx.

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Sandboxing email for a local WP site using just three lines of code!

In a local-staging-live workflow, often we have some restrictions on both local and staging / development environments. A common restriction is to disallow indexing of the development site that may introduce duplicate content in the search result, if indexing is allowed (that is not uncommon when we set up the live site and then copy it to develop further :-) ). There are lot more restrictions and workarounds in order to setup a perfect development or local environment. Here, let me share a particular solution regarding emails. Let me start with some of the use cases.

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WordPress Preloading Posts / Pages / Images – What, when and how!

Preloading posts is one of the popular recommendations by most articles on the internet on how to speed up your WordPress site. Since, most WordPress sites (I’d say over 99%) have little or negligible traffic, it is highly recommended to get the posts preloaded in the cache so that the visitors do not have to wait to get the generated on-the-fly that actually takes some time. In this case, by the time the post is generated to be served to the visitor, the visitors may have gone to visit another website. So, do I recommend preloading? Yes (for low traffic sites) and no (for high traffic sites). Read more for a bit of explanation on this…

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