With Opcache enabled on PHP 7.2 the site should now navigate much faster.
I have created a dedicated room on Riot.im at https://chat.librenet.co.za/#/room/#gadgeteerza:librenet.co.za where my blog posts will also be appearing, and anyone can comment or post there.
Riot.im is an opensource alternative to Slack, and can also be used for team / company chats, communication, voice calls, file sharing, etc.
I have set Viewport settings on my site for mobile devices so hope this will improve page scaling and rendering for mobile devices.
Note though that images are rendered to fit on the screens, so if you are viewing in portrait mode and the photo is a landscape photo, it may appear a bit skewed or squashed to fit. What I find works well for this (as a workaround unless I can find a better solution) is to rotate the mobile device to landscape mode which renders the photo fine. I will anyway try and use a squarer format for photos in future which should render much better.
I've created the page at https://gadgeteer.co.za/homeassistant to follow my journey as a newbie in setting up and configuring Home Assistant to work. I've got as far as the basic set up and editing of config files. I'm currently exploring how Groups work (creates changes to the layout view) before I move onto adding more specific devices.
Currently, I have my weather station, Fitbit, Efergy energy monitor, monitoring what phones are at home/away all working.
I've added a new page today that has a useful grouped selection of commands that can be used with a Google Home device (or with Google Assistant app on the phone). It's list I previously shared with my family but may be useful for others too.
See the page at https://gadgeteer.co.za/googlehomecommands.
I just added a new page to the site which will deal with home automation devices and projects I'm busy with. It will grow and improve over time as I add more information and upgrade devices.
#homeautomation #ggoglehome #sonoff #remoteaccess
Some downtime today between 14:00 to 15:00 whilst the site was being upgraded. The upgrade is finished and looks like everything is working fine.
For some odd reason, I noticed yesterday that this whole page had disappeared along with the video module (that displays embedded video for that page) was disabled. Yet the original static picture image was in its upload directory. Also, all my cPanel backup files had disappeared.... Yet the other recent additions all seemed to be in place. So I have rebuilt that page and it is back at https://gadgeteer.co.za/solar.
The menu now shows an option (far right) to see site related news (such as this!). There are now two RSS feeds that can be subscribed to for up to date news on either all my blog posts or the site news. There are links to both feeds at the bottom of the My Blog and Site Updates pages. The sidebar on the right of each page has an RSS subscribe button for the blog posts.
The Follow Me box on the right sidebar has also had its links converted to buttons.