My name is Milan Cole and I am a real estate broker and the owner of JMA Properties. We are an award winning real estate firm based in Portland, OR and we have sold more than 1,300 homes.

If you are interested in buying or selling property in the Portland Metro area then shoot me an email or give me a call at 503-953-3416.

Note: This is a personal blog that has not been updated in sometime and I am working on a complete redesign for later this year, 2014.

The SEO Perfect 10

I noticed in Google today that I have achieved an SEO perfect 10 for my name, meaning that every single result is a page that was created or attributable to me. Of course, since SEO glory can be very brief, I better hurry up and celebrate.

SEO Discussion featured on WordPress TV

I was excited to see in the search results recently that they recorded (unbeknownst to me) an SEO discussion that we held at the 2011 Wordcamp Conference in Portland. Check it out.

SSH Security Notes on CENTOS or Debian

Administering a web server means dealing with a server that is literally constantly under attack. And having your server get hacked is certainly not a fun experience. So I make an effort to improve security where possible. Here are my quick and dirty notes on securing SSH on a new server.

First, we add a non-root user:

adduser myusername

And set a password for our new user:

passwd myusername

Now we give this user permission to gain root access.

vi /etc/sudoers
And insert the line
myusername ALL=(ALL) ALL

This allows us to disable root login in the sshd config.

vi /etc/ssh/sshd_config
And uncomment the following line.
PermitRootLogin no

I also suggest using key based authentication so you can disable password logins to ssh completely. For more info on doing this, go to :

Day 1 at WordCamp

Scott Berkun from automattic is talking about blogging every day and how he and the wordpress development team are starting to do this internally. It’s a great practice which he calls dogfooding; I love this word. The great part about this is that when developers use their own products then they get better, faster, because they experience the same frustrations that we as users do. More dogfooding please :)

Evan Soloman is talking about a/b testing. He ended with a note that a .org plugin is forthcoming. Exciting.