Rob’s Web Development Blog

How to fix Joomla error: failed to start application: error starting the session

I’m going to tell you how I fixed the failed to start application error for a client recently, but first, a quick word about Joomla. I don’t like Joomla and I never have. I always try to steer clients who are considering Joomla to WordPress or Drupal. Even Wix is a better option in my opinion. If you want to know more about my reasons for this, feel free to contact me. This particular error, however, can’t necessarily be blamed… Read More

Why you shouldn’t believe everything your website host says

I wish I could name names but companies are too “sue happy” these days so this will just be a general warning about website hosts. Last week, two clients sent me emails they received from website hosts warning them to take action. The first one looked like this: I immediately logged into his website host and found no evidence of his website reaching the resource limits recently or ever. Not even close in any category! I told him to ignore… Read More

Why you need DKIM & SPF Authentication in MailChimp

Not only do we help many of our clients with MailChimp, but we also use it ourselves here at Maneo Web. We love MailChimp for its ease-of-use, reliability, and affordability. There are other options out there but we have found MailChimp to be the best. Did you know there is a very important setting in MailChimp that many people miss before they start sending out emails? This setting is often overlooked because most people don’t know what it is for… Read More

Slow website? It may not have enough memory

In this fast paced impatient world, a slow website can kill your business. People don’t like to wait for pages to load. They want the information now. I have already written about the importance of choosing a good host for your website. I have also recommended the implementation of CloudFlare. But there is another factor which many people often overlook. Sometimes a slow website just needs some more memory. The default memory allocation for WordPress is 40 megabytes. Unless you… Read More

Why I use Cloudflare and you should too

Maybe you’ve heard about this service called Cloudflare and wondered what the heck it is. Or maybe you started to read about Cloudflare and thought, “this doesn’t sound like something my little website needs”. I am here to tell you that no matter how small your website is, it can greatly benefit from Cloudflare’s services. And best of all, Cloudflare is free! Here is how CloudFlare describes itself on its website: Cloudflare speeds up and protects millions of websites, APIs,… Read More

The Easiest Way to Install Nginx as a Reverse Proxy

If you are reading this article, I am assuming that you have already decided to install Nginx (pronounced “engine-x”) as a reverse proxy in front of Apache. There a number of compelling reasons to do so including better performance and increased security. Nginx as a reverse proxy plays well with WordPress and Drupal right out of the box – I highly recommend its implementation on your server. If you aren’t scared of SSH and command lines, setting up Nginx is… Read More

Why is my WordPress website slow? It might be your host.

One of the most common requests that I receive here at Maneo is troubleshooting a slow WordPress website. Addressing this issue is often troublesome because there can be many reasons for poor WordPress performance. Too many plugins, too many large images, and poorly designed WordPress themes are just a few of the potential causes. Usually, I will recommend: Reducing the size of header, background, and gallery images in your WordPress installation. Compressing CSS, JS, and text using GZIP (I have… Read More

Google Adwords Tips and Tricks

Once upon a time, I almost paid a nice lady in India $800 to help me with my Google Adwords campaigns. I was frustrated. There were times when my campaigns were on fire and I was getting tons of conversions and other times when click after click was giving me nothing. Fortunately, I thought better of the idea and decided to continue experimenting on my own. After a few months of trial and error, I was finally able to develop… Read More