Migrating WordPress And Some Tips

Wordpress Migration

Migrating WordPress – My Experience

This post is about my experience migrating WordPress from an older version of WordPress to the latest version (3.5.1 at the time of writing) and from one server to another.

I hope you will pick up some good pointers from it including how to recover from the infamous “white screen of death” and if you don’t know what that is then you are going to find out a little later.

It’s not an exhaustive reference for migrating WordPress. In fact there are so many plugins, themes, styles of content, pictures, video’s etc that I would have thought it would be quite hard to write a definitive step by step guide. READ MORE

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White As A Sheet? Now You Wish You Had Paid More Attention (It’s All Gone)

A bit of an old chestnut this one but I know that some of us are still not taking this seriously and sooner or later there will be tears …

Let Me Tell You A Story

A few years back a small recruitment agency who was a customer of mine for their telecoms and who I liked were so far as I can tell doing OK and were building a good business. Time passes and one day I get a phone call that went something like this  (I don’t remember the exact time or the exact words but this is close enough):

Customer: “Hi Stuart, I wonder if you can help us out, can you get our phone records for the last 3 months” READ MORE

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How To Add Banners To WordPress, It’s Easy

Banners on WordPress

If you have a blog or website you might want to monitize it at some point. There are lots of ways of doing this and one of the simplest and easiest ways is through using banners. You might want to put up banners for your affiliate products, Adsense, other peoples banners if you are renting advertising space on your blog / website or for some other reason. There are lots of ways of putting banners on your blog / website, it’s really simple and easy to do. I am going to talk through two ways of putting banners on a Wordpess blog site, using HTML and using a WordPress plugin. The HTML version will work on any website. READ MORE

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HTML And WordPress

HTML And WordPress

HTML? That’s programming code isn’t it, too difficult for me I don’t understand it, one for the experts, nope too hard. I’ve heard that if you stare at it for more than 10 minutes you go a bit funny and could even get a nervous breakdown …. gulp!

Ok, I jest, I’m sorry but … it is true that most people are, I don’t know, scared of code. Strictly speaking HTML is not a programming language it’s mark up code for formatting and has been around for years. Mark up codes were around before computers. I’m scared of balance sheets and accounts in general. Show me a corporation tax return and you might as well call an ambulance for me 😐 READ MORE

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All About URL Trackers

URL trackers, what are they?

If you are doing any kind of online marketing and you want to know what’s going on with your campaigns then this is an important and very useful tool to use.

A URL tracker is a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) or if you like, an indirect web link that is used to count the number of times a link is clicked.

Why would you want to do this? Well, let’s say you sent a promotional email to 500 people with a link in it.  Would you like to know how many people clicked that link?  Let’s say 50 people clicked the link.  A little later you send out another email with different copy in it but for the same promotion, let’s say that 100 people click the link this time … which of the 2 emails are you most likely to send out next time?  Clearly the second email appears to be more effective but you would only know that by knowing how many people clicked it. READ MORE

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Is your connection to the internet important to you?

For this blog I mostly talk about internet marketing related stuff with an occasional digression.  So far I have laid off the bad jokes and really off track stuff.  In this blog post I’m going off track but still related to internet marketing, just a bit more physical because … if you do anything online you need to be connected …

As well as internet marketing I also run an eCommerce site selling routers and other network gear called iwantrouters.com.  With a 20 year background in IT and 7 years in telecoms I have gathered some proficiency in these things (well I like to think so).  In fact as well as selling routers etc., I can also supply business class broadband, telephone lines, phone systems and most of the other stuff that goes with telecoms.  Anyway, I am not writing this to pitch my stuff but to talk a bit about broadband, in a straightforward and non-techy way … oh, what the heck, what I can supply is listed at the end of this blog … if you’re interested just let me know. READ MORE

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My 10 favourite free utilities

Ok, the picture above has nothing to do with my 10 favourite free utilities, it is in fact part of a campaign that United Utilities held in 2011, they provide water but it’s a lot more interesting than the picture I was going to put up here 🙂  It’s a ploy to get people interested that’s all, did it work, I dunno, perhaps you’ll let me know or tell me off or something!?

When I came to write this and I looked on my computer I realised that I didn’t use that many utilities so I struggled to get to the 10.  Perhaps that means that at least the ones I do have are useful, I don’t know.  Anyway they may or may not be the most cutting edge ones available but they do the job and that’s what’s important!  I have some others but I hardly use them. READ MORE

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I don’t like techy stuff, it drives me nuts! Some tips

Techy stuff, it drives me nuts!

Actually I do

Actually I do like techy stuff but then I spent 20 years working in IT as a programmer, analyst etc. so I’m comfortable with it.  Even so, sometimes I get stuck with techy stuff too and have to ask for help.  Sometimes when I look at some instructions my eyes glaze over in the same way as they do when I look at a tax form (I find everyday accounts intensely boring but unfortunately necessary).  Mostly though I ok with it.

But most people don’t

Most people in my experience don’t like techy stuff and would rather put pins in their eyes than configure a router or grapple with some HTML on a web page.  “Computer; make your way to ground floor via the window as fast and as hard as possible!”  But don’t blame the computer it actually does an amazing job despite the frustrations and yes I know, there can be a lot of frustrations.  Sometimes you can spend a day or two just trying to make it work but most of the time they actually do work ok. READ MORE

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Useful stuff for making videos and a bit more (some free)

Videos

As videos are clearly flavour of the month at the moment I thought I would list out some of the useful tools etc. that I have gathered up recently.  It’s not everything, not by any stretch of the imagination but useful nonetheless I hope.  All links were good at the time of writing.  The list is not tooooo long but it took a while to put together so I hope you like it.  Some of them are free.  Here we go …

Note: It’s July 2012, the information below was/is up to date at the time of writing. READ MORE

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