BioTecK.net Website Update
A couple of weeks ago I received an email from my hosting provider that they will upgrade to PHP 5.3. They asked me to see if all the plugins running on the BioTecK.net would be compatible with PHP 5.3. This was a good opportunity to look at my website and see if it needed any other improvements. So I planned to take my time and take a good look at all the scripts and plugins running on the site and made some improvements.
Removing some scripts:
I removed some scripts which I don’t use anymore/didn’t going to use them anymore. One of them was TimThumb, a popular resizing script, which I didn’t want to use due to a security vulnerability. The vulnerability allows third parties to upload and execute PHP codes within the /cache and /tmp folder. As I had several php files within those folders I decided to do things differently and make sure that I simply didn’t use this script any longer.
Some layout adjustments:
In order to get rid of the TimThumb I also decided to adjust the layout on the main index page. From now on you’ll see a 150x150px image with the headlines instead of a larger image.
Some CSS improvements:
I noticed that I needed to improve the CSS on several points like readabilities, headings etc.
One of the main reasons why I started a website was to show / share my portfolio. However along the way I was forgotten all about this. So I created a template for my portfolio page and will start improving this even further. With this I also noticed that I still need to update my portfolio so expect more updates on my portfolio! =)
Cleaning the database:
The last time I had “cleaned” the database was about a year ago. With this my database is 40MB, which is still too big! So I still have to take a look into this…
Together with the point mentioned above I took a good look at the codes and removed the unnecessary parts. I have to say that this did a good job on improving the website speed which is a good thing off course!
So how do you like the “new” BioTecK.net?