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Introducing: Lichtträumer.de by Martin Wolfert

Martin has a private WordPress blog and also has installed and adjusted WordPress for some customers. As a Linux admin within 1&1, he manages the lively frontends and the stable backend for Web.de and GMX.

If you think of Tomcat as just a mere cat and an Apache as a North American native, Martin would make a great person of contact.

During the old ages of the web, Martin supported several customer projects in graphical and technical terms with HTML, PHP and MySQL. His first contact with WordPress was in 2005-2006, out of the desire to easily separate content and design, thus to work faster and better.

Since 2011 he has been blogging about photography, server, performance optimization and SEO on Lichttraeumer.de.

Tell us something about yourself and your website.

I was 10 when I started using a camera.

At that time I had a small Agfa camera with a 50mm objective lens, and a flash whit a removable reflector. I have no idea where I got it from.

Later, I was able to pursue photography more seriously and to develop and expose black-and-white films, colored ones or slide films.

Then, other things became important and I discovered my love for (digital) photos at the end of the 90’s. I started with a Nikon D70 and the Kit objective lens that belonged to it. Already back then I was interested in panoramic photography, and I am still keen on this topic.

For about two years I have been a member of the Lichtwert Verein Karlsruhe and now enjoy being in photo studios.

During the winter semester 2012/2013 I was allowed to lecture about panoramic photography at the VHS Karlsruhe (adult education center).

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Why the blog?

The blog is intended to document my development, my progress, but also my dead ends and errors in the field of photography.

I have taught myself most of the things I know about photography. And I believe here, one can easily see the development on the hard road of becoming “better”.

Over time I started taking pleasure in blogging, and most of all in creating product tests (picture) and editorial work.

For the time being, I intend to develop this topic.

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What were the greatest challenges?

I get along quite well. But I have decided at an early stage to also use themes and plugins that cost money.

They were easier to handle because they offer a better support and a “cleaner” code. Therefore, I can rely on the themes and plugins for a long tiem; I get the code well documented, with good performance and they are adjustable. This saves a lot of nerves and it’s definitively worth the money.

Projects are always exciting when a customer wants to implement a fancy design that looks well on paper but can hardly be transferred to the web. In such cases one needs intuition. But this is not exactly a technical problem….

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Which themes do you use?

I get my themes from Themeforest. I appreciate the clean CSS and Java script about the themes, but also the code quality, the performance, and of course, the design. The themes are flexible and well supported.

On my Blog I use Enfold.
Enfold is extremely flexible. It offers easily adjustable CSS (custom.css) and a visual editor. Besides, it is retina-ready, offers different slideshows and alternative of pages, and it is WPML-optimized. Thus, multilingual websites can be implemented.

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Which plugins do you use?

My first addresses for plugins are WordPress.org and codecanyon.net. My favorites are:

  • 2 Click Social Media Buttons: Data protection information and questions for Social Media Buttons
  • Broken Link Checker: Searches for broken Links (helpful, but needs much performance from the server)
  • Antispam Bee
  • Limit Login Attempts
  • wpSEO: easily manage the SEO-settings for input, saves much time…
  • WP Super Cache: I use it to stake a transparent CDN. The caching for pictures, CSS and JS is implemented on the server side (Apache module). I had bad experiences with other caching plugins. The problem I had here was that the plugin wanted to get on the CSS of a theme…
  • Justified Image Grid: great gallery with very flexible styles, responsive, trustworthy, non-proprietary, it costs – but it’s worth it
  • earlier: Nextgen Gallery. Updating or changing was rather difficult due to the proprietary media management
  • WPML: multilingualism, good export and import function, if you want to/must connect it to a translation management system
  • Wordfence Security
  • Acunetix WP Security (For security check, to avoid standard errors)
  • TinyMCE Advanced (+1 for Short codes)
  • Theme Test Drive: Test themes
  • Bad Behavior:  Moderation/Spam protection: in addition to AntiSpam Bee. It offers good and intelligent spam recognition
  • Easy WP SMTP: Allows WordPress to send e-mails via a mailserver if the PHP mail function is disabled

Who supports you / Where do you get information?

For technical questions I bother the provider’s support. Otherwise: Google.

What are the plans for your website?

For the moment, I mainly focus on content and on working on my style. Networks are another important topic. All technical improvements and SEO run at the same time, too.

Martin, thanks for your input!

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