Second Annual ADstravaganza

ADstravaganza marked yet another terrific term for Ad2! Members showed up dressed to impress as they attended this extravagant event hosted by Casino del Sol Hotel and Resort. Live entertainment, lavish foods, and cocktails were served as Ad2 members danced and mingled the night away. Prizes were raffled off through out the night, the most memorable being the hotel suite giveaway. Those who didn’t win still walked away with goody bags and a night filled with entertainment. Be sure to check out these memorable moments on Ad2’s facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Ad2Tucson

Here’s to Ad2’s grand ending for the 2011-2012 term, and to another exciting year to come!

Second Annual Adstravaganza

  • What: Ad2’s Annual ADstravaganza 21+ event
  • When: Friday, June 29th 8pm- midnight
  • Where: Casino del Sol Resort Hotel, 5655, West Valencia Rd, Tucson, AZ 85757
  • Cost: $35 admission OR free with new or renewed Ad2 membership

Join Ad2 for their 2nd annual Adstravaganza event, brought to you by Casino del Sol Resort Hotel. Enjoy pool-side service and an evening of live entertainment, cocktails, and appetizers in the setting of Casino del Sol’s brand new hotel! Special room rates are offered to attendees- just mention that you are attending Ad2’s Adstravaganza.

Speeding up WordPress

Tim Bowen’s Speeding up WordPress 5/25/10 presentation

Test load times/elements here: Pingdom
Also use YSlow and Google Page Speed to test speed.

PHP Query Elimination:
Use this: <meta charset=”UTF-8″ />
Not this: <meta charset=”<?php bloginfo( ‘charset’ ); ?>” />

Use Google hosted JQuery / Prototype libraries by adding this to functions.php file:
function my_init_method() {
wp_deregister_script( ‘jquery’ );
wp_register_script( ‘jquery’, ‘http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.4/jquery.min.js’);
}
add_action(‘init’, ‘my_init_method’);

Remove actions for WordPress meta, rsd_link and wlmanifest by adding these lines to functions.php:
remove_action(‘wp_head’, ‘wp_generator’);
remove_action(‘wp_head’, ‘rsd_link’);
remove_action(‘wp_head’, ‘wlwmanifest_link’);

Use Google minify for JS and CSS files.
Add Javascript files to bottom of page for faster load speeds.

Define elements in wp-config.php file:
define(‘ENABLE_CACHE’, true );
define(‘WP_ALLOW_REPAIR’, true);

Set the WP URL and Site URL to improve site performance.  Make sure these are same as in the General Settings page
define(‘WP_SITEURL’, ‘http://SITENAME.com/cms’);
define(‘WP_HOME’, ‘http://SITENAME.com’);

Set the template directory and stylesheet directory to improve site performance and eliminate server queries
define(‘TEMPLATEPATH’, ‘/home/public_html/cms/wp-content/themes/THEMENAME’);
define(‘STYLESHEETPATH’, ‘/home/public_html/cms/wp-content/themes/THEMENAME’);

Use optimized .htaccess file

Disable hotlinking with this code in .htaccess file:
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www.)?example.com/.*$ [NC]
RewriteRule .*.(gif|jpg|png|ico)$ – [F,L]
</ifModule>

Image hosting off-site with WP-Offload plugin and Steady Offload

Add <?php flush(); ?> after the </head> and before <body> to speed up loading.

Potentially useful plugins:

  • DB Cache Reloaded (small speed bump while helping to eliminate queries to server)
  • W3 Total Cache (small speed bump, also good for heavy traffic)
  • Quick Cache (small speed bump, good for heavy traffic)
  • WP Super Cache (didn’t notice speed bump, reviews claim good for heavy traffic)
  • PHP Speedy (compresses scripts from plugins, small speed bump)

TDAC website meeting recap

Below is a recap from our TDAC website meeting on 12/9/09 (meeting notes here) going over how the new TDAC website will be built.  Thanks to everyone who made it!  To those who couldn’t make it, feedback is welcome and we’d love to hear your comments.

Overall Design / UI

  • WordPress MU, BuddyPress and bbPress need to be updated and setup on a faster server (we can use www.creativeoven.com as a testing site and switch over to this bluehost account if it runs fast enough)
  • Better access to group discussions / forums
  • Users and content needs to be ported over to this new testing server.
  • Need to update the structure of the homepage and decide which elements should be featured.  Include “Teaser Text”.
  • Creating simple wireframe layouts should be done for each page of the site, though most importantly the home page.
  • Show a personalized homepage for users who are logged in.  Show the groups they are a part of and other information related to them.
  • Add blog where people can post things to? Guest bloggers? Aftermath blog of each event AFTER each event (like this post you are reading right now)
  • Twitter feed shows activity of all members.  Our current list: http://twitter.com/tucsondigital/tdac-members

Continue reading TDAC website meeting recap

Tucson Startup Drinks – October [Panel on Lawyers]

This month I’ve invited several business people who have dealt with lawyers in one capacity or another to share their experiences.

Confirmed are:

Cia Romano of Interface Guru (http://interfaceguru.com)

Andrew Barton of eBlox (http://eblox.com)

Andrew Hollamon (or Mike Liskow) of D’Mention Systems (http://dmentionsystems.com)

William Mitchell of Mitchell Software Engineering (http://mitchellsoftwareengineering.com)

This should be a lively discussion, bring questions, bring friends, bring lawyers (who may also be friends).

Startup Drinks is a simple concept: startup culture in cities around the world gathers around a bar to have a pint and discuss what they are working on, what they need help with and what they can do for each other.

The Tucson version of this group meets on the last Tuesday of every month

When: Tuesday, October 27th beginning at 7 pm

Where: 115 Creative Space (115 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85701) map it

BYOB/Snacks