Tag Archives: WordPress

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.

Title Optional?

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Why does WordPress make the title optional? They also make entering categories and tags not required. Doesn’t this all go against everything we’ve been taught (or have taught, in my case) about blogging? If you like a particular topic that a blogger posts, you can read more thoughts of a similar nature if they put in tags or categories. Also, with WordPress, you can find other authors on similar topics.

Hash tags are optional for Twitter, but if you’re adding to a conversation or starting one, if people are going to follow it, you will need it. The same is true with blogging. Categorizing only makes things easier for your audience.

So – hey WordPress: Stop making things optional. Make it easier to tag, categorize and title posts. 

Dear Spammers

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I do read your spam comments to see if WordPress flagged them correctly. They are all (100%) spam. But I do read them – so I ask: Could you try to make them more interesting? Please? If not, stop doing them. If they can’t get through WP’s spam filters, do you think they’re going to make it past my skillful eye? Hm? Well do ya?

I DON’T LIKE SPAM!

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.

Why use WordPress?

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I have had a few blogs in my lifetime. I’ve helped manage a couple dozen. I’m currently working on a design for a client’s new site using a CMS that has blogging at it’s core. Software, I sell most, has blogging as an option. Why use WordPress? Blogger, by Google is just as easy to set up. Posterous (which I use most frequently) is free and easy. Is it the name? Is it that there is such a large community behind it?

Next Question: how do you manage your WordPress site security?

Final Question: How many blogs do you have and do you use multiple platforms (as I do)?