WordPress Blog with matching bbPress Forum

July 4, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Word Press, WordPress Tips 

Check it out!

Easy Blog Help (WordPress platform)

Easy Blog Help FORUM (bbPress platform)

The forum probably has some glitches, but I’ve been working on this for a long time and wanted to show it off!

Transferring Your WordPress Blog From One Host To Another

March 7, 2008 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: blogging, Rants, Word Press, WordPress Tips 

OR:  The Bastids Stole My Widgets!

I took all the precautions and steps for a smooth transition when I transferred sherryness.com from one host to another, today, to make sure my WordPress stuff stayed in-tact.

I exported my old posts/settings and backed up everything from the server before I changed the name servers on my registrar.

The name propogated, I uploaded my exported XML file with my old posts/settings, and uploaded all the necessary schtuff to my new site as far as images and such.

A few tweaks here and there and – voila!  Beautiful transition.  But where are my stinking widgets?

I hand-coded from scratch a hole mess of widgets for my side bar and THEY ARE GONE!  I can re-write them, but geeze, oy, and ug.  Who knew they would just disappear in the transition?

Fortunately my execphp survived the transition (that’s what allows you to make php-capable widgets), and at least that plug-in is activated.  I’ll have to re-write my widgets this weekend, maybe Sunday, after I finish some work for my newest client.

In the meantime, my sidebar is ugly as sin –  ’cause the bastids stole my widgets!

YouTube Videos In WordPress Blogs Disappear if You Edit the Post

February 23, 2008 by · 4 Comments
Filed under: Word Press, WordPress Tips, YouTube 

I was having the hardest time trying to insert YouTube videos into my blog up until recently.  I would type the post, and then switch over to the “Code” tab and insert the YouTube code, then save the post and all was fine.  But if I wanted to edit the text of my post, as I almost always do, the video would always disappear from the post after making my changes.  I knew I had put it there; I remember inserting the code!  But where did it go?

Then I remembered that, for some reason, WordPress tends to think it “knows better” than you do when it comes to code!  I was fighting with it a few weeks ago because it kept removing the line breaks I was adding in the “Code” section!  And what I had figured out was that, if you add or change something to the “Visual” tab AFTER changing or inserting something in the “Code” tab, you are likely to lose some of the Code changes.

Why does it do this? I don’t really know. WordPress is genius, I do admit that. And what it knows about code could blow me out of the water any day, I am sure. But sometimes I DO want to be able to add an extra line break here and there or insert a YouTube video or something. I do believe this is a true glitch that needs to be fixed.

Anyway, while I don’t know why it does this, I did figure out a workaround for it. Just make your code changes the very last thing you do before you hit “publish.” This sounds simple, but it can be kind of a pain sometimes.

The greatest difficulty I’ve come across in working around this glitch is mainly one of inconvenience. Say you made a blog post yesterday and inserted a video. Then today you notice a typo in your post and want to fix it. Unless you saved the embed code from YouTube in a text file on your hard drive or something, you’re going to have to go back to YouTube and get the code again and come back to WordPress so that you can add the code to the Code tab again after making your editorial changes on the Visual tab.

If you have any questions about inserting a YouTube video into a WordPress blog entry, just use the contact form (link is over on the left) to contact me. I’ll help as much as I can!

Tips To Make Your WordPress Upgrade A Bit Smoother

January 18, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: blogging, Word Press, WordPress Tips 

This is what it feels like when your upgrade fails!This is what it feels like when your upgrade fails!

When you have WordPress installed on your server already, and a new version comes out, there are pretty easy, intuitive instructions for implementing the upgrade.  The instructions basically consist of deleting the old WordPress application off the server and uploading the new one and going through the extremely short, easy “install” process afterwards.

They also give you the nice tip, “If you’ve tweaked any of your themes, be sure to back them up before deleting them off your server, so you can put them back up after the upgrade.”  Sure!  No problem!  Thanks for the tip; I’ll do that!

And I did do that (last night).  But there are a couple of tips they didn’t offer that I really could have used.  Mainly because I trusted the process a bit too much and didnt’ think it through.  But still, it would have been nice to have done a few certain things to make my evening a lot less frustrating.

First, don’t just back up the changes you made to your themes.  Back up your wp-config file with your server information on it.  Otherwise you have to log into your server account and track down the database name and the username and password you set up for that db.

Next, if you usually tell your admin log-in for WordPress to “remember me,” and thus might have forgotten your password because you haven’t been using it regularly, take care of that while you still have admin access before the upgrade. 

Go in and change your password to something new and write it down.  Because once you delete the old application and install the new one, you’re going to need to sign in.  It won’t “remember” you after an upgrade.  And that blank username and password field can look very daunting.  Especially if you used a now-defunct e-mail address when you originally signed up, like I did.  And thus could not get your password reset e-mailed to you right away!  In fact, you might go in and make sure your e-mail address is up to date as well, while you are at it!

And last but not least, make a note of what theme you were using, the location on the server where you had everything installed originally and the hierarchy of those folders as to how they pertain to your backed up themes and images.

These are all things that would have made my life so much easier, especially because in the middle of all of this I wound up having some technical difficulties as well with my computer.  So these preventable problems just made it even worse when the unpreventable problems cropped up.

So, lesson learned.  I thought I would pass on these tips to spare others the crying and heartbreak I experienced  last night as I went in circles for hours on end to do an upgrade that should have taken 45 minutes at the most!