Got an annoying “Top Hit” in Safari?

Check out ravi.rajendra’s solution here, which I’ve copied below in case the post goes away:

  1. Quit Safari
  2. Go to ~/Library/Safari/ in finder.
  3. Find “History.plist” file and edit it using textedit or text wrangler. (you may want to backup this file in case you messed it up)
  4. Search in the file for the URL (for e.g. or the text you are entering in the “top hits”.
  5. Identify the parent “<dict> …. ….. </dict>” and delete it from the file.
  6. Find any other instances of the same and delete the entire “” tags.
  7. Start Safari and enjoy. “” will no longer be there.

Worked for me in Safari 7.1.2.

Update: Unfortunately the top hit came back a little while later.  I think it shows the top level of the site as a top hit if you visit any subpage a few times.

Can’t see your CSS changes on your Dreamhost-hosted website?

CSS changes on your Dreamhost-hosted website doing nothing? Try turning off PageSpeed:

  1. Navigate to
  2. In the upper-left, under Toolbox, click “Manage Domains”
  3. Locate the troublesome domain in the list of domains that appears.  Under the “Web Hosting” column, click Edit.
  4. Under the “Web Options” section, locate the “Page Speed Optimization?” option and uncheck it.

This was the root cause behind a few of hours of frustration for me.  The only reason I figured it out was because by random chance, I happened to wait long enough between my last change and clicking reload to see that I had done nothing and the CSS, which was previously failing, began to work on its own.  This pointed to a server-side caching mechanism, and I remembered when I signed up for hosting, that I was asked about some kind of caching/optimization feature.  Seemed harmless enough at the time. lol.  With PageSpeed off, my changes appear instantaneously.  I’ll probably turn it back on once I’ve finished primary development, but I’m recording this finding here in the event it helps someone.

If your CSS isn’t working, PageSpeed Optimization was already off, and you’re using WordPress, this page contains a few other tactics to try out.

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