Tag Archives: Website Design

Today I Post To 4 WordPress Blogs

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For the organization (aimWest) I’m president of, I will post a new event. I post this article on mollaskatude. For a client I post a new form. And on my friend Jay’s blog – I commented on his Gay Marriage post.

This afternoon, however I deliver a quote to use Drupal as a CMS/Blogging Platform. I’m even considering making Evolve’s site a Drupal site. Do you use a blogging platform as your primary company CMS platform? Why did you pick WordPress? If Drupal, why? Is there something you liked better? Why? Lots o’questions, but I’m doing this informal poll.

Favorite Blogging Platform

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So what’s your favorite blogging platform? As a place to blog, WordPress is pretty easy to use and update. Posterous is just as easy. As a website design platform, really not the biggest fan of WP though. Posterous isn’t bad, but there’s not the support community like WP. Drupal is pretty grand – the security is there. There’s a community – I’ll have to report back on the rollout thing though. I’m having a little minor issue with doing the template integration. I killed my site this weekend, with templates.

So again, I ask: What’s your favorite blogging platform.

WordPress Website Move To A New Server

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So over the last 2 weeks, I’ve been working to load up a new client’s site on my server. It’s been rough, to say the least. If you decide to do this, it’s my recommendation that you follow these steps:

  1. Read everything you can on a site migration
  2. Contact your host for pointers – read their knowledge base too
  3. Rethink moving from the existing host
  4. Setup WordPress on your server
  5. Change your computer’s hosts file to point to the new IP of the server.
  6. Make a back up of all the WP files created in step 4
  7. Setup the Database EXACTLY like the previous host’s DB
  8. Ensure you have ALL the files from the previous “Designer”
  9. Double check to make sure you have all the files including the template files.
  10. Load all the files over the WordPress instance on the new server
  11. Import the provided sql database. (There are 2-3 ways of doing this – I used MyPHPAdmin)
  12. Ensure you will be able to email from your new server – If the client doesn’t point their MX record to your server you will want to order a new one or download a WP SMTP plugin. Your forms will not email effectively if you don’t.
  13. Check the site
  14. Make sure you have a .htaccess file in the wp-admin directory as well as the root dir.
  15. Have the client’s IT professional point the DNS to your new server IP address.
    • If you have to move down a dir a the test one, you’ll need to change the original DB created when you loaded the WP instance – to point to the lower dir, otherwise you won’t be able to log in to WP

You’re done – That is if you REALLY have all the files from the previous designer – AND if you have a data file in a usable format. Read step 3 twice. Read step 9 three times. DO NOT skip step 12 or 13.