How to Delete Your Facebook Account

 

If you’re one of the few people who wish they can delete their facebook account, well it’s now allowed. I just recently discovered that there’s a way to do it. It was hidden by Facebook through a deep link and no one would be able to see it unless you research it.

 

Hav­ing a Face­book account can be daunt­ing these days and you may even want to delete your account entire­ly and fly to a dif­fer­ent plan­et so you can achieve ever­last­ing peace.

But kid­ding aside, before you hit the delete but­ton, you may want to down­load a copy of your infor­ma­tion from Face­book:

  1. Click the down­ward arrow at the top right of any Face­book page
  2. Select “Set­tings”
  3. Click on the link at the bot­tom of the main menu that says “Down­load a copy of your Face­book data”.

Then pro­ceed to the link to final­ly delete your account:  https://www.facebook.com/help/delete_account

And you will receive a con­fir­ma­tion look like below.

Take note that you will not be able to retrieve or acti­vate your account once you delete your account. If you did that, let me treat you Con­grat­u­la­tions! May you find peace on the oth­er plan­et where you will be head­ing soon.

 

10 WordPress Plugins That Will Increase Your Website Speed Dramatically

I’ve been blogging and developing custom WordPress websites for my clients for the past few years. And one of the problems I often encountered was the website was too slow to respond.

 

Is website speed important?

Either you use your web­site as your online jour­nal or busi­ness, the speed of your web­site is extreme­ly impor­tant and nec­es­sary. Peo­ple today, have the lack of patience to wait. If any­thing doesn’t hap­pen in a few sec­onds, the chances are peo­ple will avoid your web­site and the search engine bots crawlers too!
 
With that, if your web­site is slow, you will lose vis­i­tors and poten­tial cus­tomers. As well the rank of your web­site in search engines will be affect­ed.
 
Google has repeat­ed­ly remind­ed the web own­ers the impor­tance of load speed in its search engine algo­rithm. The biggest web search engine doesn’t want to send its traf­fic to a slow web­site.
 
I’m not that yet expert in Word­Press and still explor­ing some of its func­tion­al­i­ties, but here are my top 10 Word­Press plu­g­ins that helped me to increase the speed of my web­site dra­mat­i­cal­ly.
 
Just a bit of note, I only rec­om­mend the plu­g­ins that I used. And this is for self-host­ed blogs.
 
 
I recent­ly dis­cov­ered that every time I hit the pub­lish or update but­ton in posts, it cre­ates a revi­sion of your post and stores it in your data­base. It hap­pens if you are using the Word­Press Edi­tor.
 
The same how it works in your unap­proved and spam com­ments. It would dra­mat­i­cal­ly affect your web­site speed.
© WP Opti­mize
 
To coun­ter­act this, thanks to the team who devel­oped the WP Opti­mize plu­g­in. It cleans up all of your post revi­sions and all those unap­proved and spam com­ments from your data­base. It also opti­mizes your data­base for bet­ter per­for­mance.
 
One more thing I like about this plu­g­in is that you don’t need to exe­cute it man­u­al­ly as you can actu­al­ly sched­ule it to run auto­mat­i­cal­ly.
 
 
Every time an inter­net user vis­its your web­site, their brows­er needs to load tons of assets from your serv­er like images, logos, javascript, and CSS. This is why web­sites take some time to load.
 
To speed up the process, you need to lever­age the pow­er of brows­er to cache pages and bad­ly, Word­Press can­not do it with­out a plu­g­in.
 
WP Super Cache does the job of remem­ber­ing the items the brows­er needs to load. It gen­er­ates a sta­t­ic HTML file from your Word­Press blog. Once the file is cre­at­ed, your serv­er uses that to speed up the process.
 
The plu­g­in runs auto­mat­i­cal­ly once it’s uploaded and acti­vat­ed. It also has advanced set­tings, but for a begin­ner like me or you, the default set­tings work best.
 
 
Sure, your web­site uses Javascript or com­po­nents like AJAX, Jquery. The users need to down­load these scripts when they first vis­it your web­site.
 
Your Word­Press Blog host­ed this file local­ly on your serv­er mak­ing your serv­er to load it repeat­ed­ly when­ev­er a new user vis­its your web­site. Google Libraries plu­g­in does a good job of allow­ing your web­site to host these files and oth­er scripts on Google’s AJAX Libraries API.
 
The plu­g­in was a bit tech­ni­cal one and you don’t need to know more about how it works, but it does a great job improv­ing my web­site speed.
 
 
 
Nor­mal­ly, some of the scripts and style sheets in your web­site will load syn­chro­nous­ly. This plu­g­in con­verts ren­der-block­ing CSS and JS files into NON-ren­der-block­ing, improv­ing the per­for­mance of a web page.
 
Syn­chro­nous­ly, where scripts are loaded sequen­tial­ly, one after anoth­er, start­ing with the <head> tag
 
Asyn­chro­nous­ly, where some scripts can be loaded simul­ta­ne­ous­ly.
 
With syn­chro­nous­ly, the oth­er script has to wait for the first script to load com­plete­ly unlike load­ing asyn­chro­nous­ly, it doesn’t wait for oth­er scripts. Scripts can run simul­ta­ne­ous­ly.
 
 
 
Web­sites nor­mal­ly have line spaces in its codes. I am guilty of doing this because for a devel­op­er to under­stand the code, I often prac­tice of putting breaks with each line. But it has an effect on the page load.
 
Autop­ti­mize plu­g­in cre­ates a mini­fy or com­pressed ver­sion of your Word­Press scripts mak­ing your web­site to load quick­ly.
 
 
 
Cloud­Flare offers a lot of ben­e­fits to your web­site. They offer a FREE Sub­scrip­tion where­in you can use their flex­i­ble SSL to make your web­site secure by run­ning it with “https”, and it offers a CDN or con­tent deliv­ery net­work.

© Cloud­Flare

 
Cloud­Flare makes a cache ver­sion of your web­site. When your web­site is down, it can imme­di­ate­ly dis­play the cached ver­sion of your web­site for your read­ers.
 
Today run­ning on https is impor­tant. Google Chrome start­ed to dis­play if sites were secure or not.
 
Lat­er on, I will update this arti­cle on how to set­up your web­site to run on https using Cloud­flare Flex­i­ble SSL. But for now, here’s a quick tuto­r­i­al how to set­up your Word­Press Site with Cloud­Flare.
 
 
 
As the plu­g­in name sug­gests, there are sev­er­al web­sites you can test your page speed. I use Google Page Insights as it also checks if your web­site is load­ing prop­er­ly in mobile devices.

© WP Per­for­mance Score Boost­er

 
This plu­g­in in speed up page load times and improve web­site scores in ser­vices like Page­Speed, YSlow, Ping­dom, and GTmetrix.
 
 
 
I fig­ured out that one of the cause, why my web­site responds too slow, was the images I had on it. Since I used large and high def­i­n­i­tion images, the serv­er needs to down­load this images every time the user load the web pages.

© WP Smush

 
WP Smush, reduces image file sizes every time you upload a new image. It offers also to opti­mize your images in bulk up to 50 images (for free).
 
The time I smushed all my images, my web­sites loads faster.
 
 
Each time your web­site loads from the brows­er of the user, it down­loads every­thing. Lazy Load plu­g­in does a great job of load­ing my images only when I need it.
 
To define lazy load­ing, accord­ing to Wikipedia, it is a design pat­tern com­mon­ly used in com­put­er pro­gram­ming to defer ini­tial­iza­tion of an object until the point at which it is need­ed. It can con­tribute to effi­cien­cy in the program’s oper­a­tion if prop­er­ly and appro­pri­ate­ly used. The oppo­site of lazy load­ing is eager load­ing.
 
And one more thing:
 
 
Some­times, there are plu­g­ins that cause your web­site to slow. There was a time where I can’t fig­ure out which caus­ing my web­site to respond too slow.

© P3

 
P3 Plu­g­in allows me to see which plu­g­ins are using it, and delete it if nec­es­sary.
There are a lot of plu­g­ins to use out there, but here are my top 10 plu­g­ins which I think the best of for begin­ners. 
To begin speed­ing up your web­site, you can begin by check­ing your web­site issues in Google Page Insight.
 
How about you? what plu­g­ins are you using?
Share it in the com­ments if you have any, or ques­tion to ask me about.