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Dreamhost now supports Multi Factor Authentication

The simplest definition of Multi-factor Authentication is that it requires that the user provide more than one form of verification in order to prove their identity and to allow them access.

We know that passwords alone are no longer safe. To allow access to your dreamhost panel it would be safer if you were asked for another form of verification like your Google credentials. You can enable Google Authenticator as a multi factor authentication option for logging in to your DreamHost panel.

More details on how Google Authenticator works with our panel can be found here: http://wiki.dreamhost.com/Enabling_Multifactor_Authentication

CloudFlare at Dreamhost

CloudFlare is a service that improves website’s performance. CloudFlare acts as a proxy between website visitors and DreamHost servers. DreamHost is offering this service for free to their customers.

More details here.

One click WordPress installer in Dreamhost panel

Dreamhost offers a real simple way to install WordPress on your website. You can use the one-click installer on the Web panel. Check out the wiki page for instructions.

WordPress for iphone

WordPress for iphone 2.1 is now available on the Apple app store. So convenient to manage your blog right from your phone.

Dreamhost on twitter

You can now follow Dreamhost on twitter http://www.twitter.com/dreamhost. Dreamhost also tweets their status updates http://www.twitter.com/dhstatus.

Dreamhost free trial

Dreamhost is offering their hosting services for free during a trial period of two weeks when you sign up for one of their hosting plans. You can cancel anytime.

Dreamhost email filters improvement

Dreamhost has enhanced their email filters so that now you can filter your emails on email headers. Not only that, now you can also add custom headers to incoming emails.

Dreamhost offering upto $75 in Google AdWords on signup

When you sign up for Dreamhost hosting, you will receive upto $75 in Google AdWords credit. You can start using this credit instantly for the search advertising campaign for your website.

Simple trick to speed up your WordPress blog

I like WordPress a lot but the fact is that it is slower than serving static HTML pages. However, there is a very simple trick that can significantly speed up the loading of your wordpress blog. The tip is: “Reduce the number of unnecessary PHP calls”

This means replace the PHP calls in your wordpress theme with static HTML for things like blog title, content-type and the like. In the wordpress panel, go to the theme editor and open header.php

For example, change these lines

  1. <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" <?php language_attributes(); ?>>
  2. <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
  3. <title><?php bloginfo(‘name’); ?> <?php if ( is_single() ) { ?> &amp;raquo; Blog Archive <?php } ?> <?php wp_title(); ?><?php bloginfo(‘description’); ?></title>

so they look something like this

  1. <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" dir="ltr" lang="en-US">
  2. <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
  3. <title>Web Hosting Blog</title>

Shrink your CSS

I was looking for ways to improve the load time of my website. One of the website optimizations is to reduce the size of CSS files. I came across cleancss. This online tool analyzes your CSS and optimizes it. It also displays the compression ratio after processing. You can either paste your css or just provide a link to the file. The tool lets you choose the amount of compression which is basically a trade-off between readability and size.