I saw a post on Facebook the other day about decluttering your WordPress blog, and it reminded me that I have never cleaned this website‘s database. I have now performed two checks and two cleans, two from WordPress plugins and two from cPanel. Everything seems to have worked correctly, with the result being that the MySQL database went from about twelve megabytes to under six.
If you notice anything missing, or not working correctly, please comment below, use the Contact the Curator form, or post to the Harvey Mercheum Facebook page to let me know. Also feel free to contact me if you would like more information on what the four steps I performed were.
I have been doing a lot of work behind the scenes of the Harvey Mercheum. One of the projects I was working on required gathering data on every post made to the Mercheum blog. This did not seem like a big deal, until I discovered that I had made over 230 posts!
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Happy Mother’s Day! I have been continuing my research into museum policies and techniques, begun last August. I have also started studying museum websites. One thing that I noticed is that they tend to have some sort of “about the collection” page. I realized that the Harvey Mercheum website did not, and so I made one. You can see it here:
About the Permanent Collection
I have also gone through all of the exhibit pages, and linked the “Contributor” field if appropriate.
If you have any suggestions for improving the new page, or any aspect of the Harvey Mercheum website, feel free to leave a comment below, or use the Contact the Curator form.
Sorry for not posting this weekend. I admit I spent part of the weekend enjoying the lovely spring weather. The time I would have spent posting, however, I spent setting up my little photo studio and taking pictures for exhibits. One of the items I photographed is the only Easter-themed item in the permanent collection. Be watching for it this coming Sunday!
I have been informed that the new Comments form was not working, so I have disabled it. Comments are back to how they were originally. Sorry for any inconvenience. If you were trying to leave a comment and had problems, please try again…
Today is the three year anniversary of the Harvey Mercheum! Only 18 new exhibits were posted during the third year of operation. While this number is disappointing, I know I spent a lot of time and effort this past year behind the scenes. First there was the theme switch, then there was the hosting company switch. I am glad these projects are completed, and I feel the Harvey Mercheum is better off because of them. I have many more ideas for the future, and welcome your ideas as well. Leave a comment below or use the Contact the Curator form to suggest improvements to the Harvey Mercheum website that you would like to see!
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My support ticket was answered, I am trying another test post to see if the solution works and an email notification is sent.
UPDATE: The solution worked, the problem is resolved. Apologies for any posts missed due to lack of email notification…now would be a good time to browse the Mercheum Blog and catch up!
Trying another test post to see if an email notification is sent.
It figures. I post about Jetpack and how I am relying upon it more heavily, then realize I am not getting email notifications of new posts. I have disconnected and reconnected the plugin, hopefully this post will send an email notification…
Update: I did not get notified. I will have to do some more investigation…
I posted last week about making a number of changes to the Harvey Mercheum website, including activating Cloudflare and more Jetpack modules. WPMU DEV just updated this post about Content Delivery Networks:
Beyond Speed: 5 (More) Reasons Why You Should be Using a CDN
And WPExplorer posted about Jetpack modules:
Jetpack Modules To Level Up Your WordPress Website
I had mentioned that I was disappointed in the speed results of my changes, but still felt that I was moving in the right direction. Reading these posts reinforced this feeling. And based on the comment form change, I have re-enabled comments on posts more than 30 days old. New readers, please feel free to comment on older posts, and welcome to the Harvey Mercheum!
Have you noticed any of the differences? Have you tried the new comments system or the new Contact the Curator form? Now would be a great time to do so!