Feb 12 2013

Setting up multiple sites, without having access to new databases with Backup Buddy

Usually it isn’t a problem to create a clone, when using Backup Buddy, especially if you are using a control panel.  But what if you don’t have a control panel, and what if you are only allowed one database to boot? Welcome to the other way to work, with a certain ISP in the Bay Area.

So, welcome Codex to the rescue, as usual.  In their article on installing multiple blogs, they explain:

By default, WordPress assigns the table prefix wp_ to its MySQL database tables, but this prefix can be anything you choose. By using more than one, you create unique identifiers for each blog in your database. For example, let’s say you have three blogs to set up, with the names Main, Projects and Test. You want to substitute the prefix wp_ for each blog’s wp-config.php:

So, rather than having to do anything with the database itself, the way the ISP told me to do, I just changed what the name of the prefix was, when I was going through the migrate steps in Backupbuddy, and there it was.  Working perfectly.


Feb 7 2013

Tricks with Yoast SEO

OK, so probably everyone knew about this one, but I’ve been having trouble with it for a while now, so I decided to see what others had done to solve the problem.

When you install Yoast SEO, you can type in the page title of your page that you want to show up in the search engines.  What Yoast does, if you don’t adjust it, is it puts the site title in, along with your customized page title.

So, what is the solution?

<!–<title><?php woo_title(); ?></title> Note this was changed to make the Yoast not conflict.–>

<title><?php wp_title(”); ?></title>

The first line of code was what I had in the header tag.  The second is what I changed it to.

And that was all I needed to do to solve my problem.  And since I’m working with a child theme, I don’t have to worry about overwriting that particular change.

I’m wondering if that is something Yoast should talk about, and let people know about, so they are not tearing out their hair over something that is supposed to improve their lives.


Feb 6 2013

Read before updating your wordpress plugins

I recently updated a bunch of plugins, on a site.  I always get antsy when updating wordpress itself, but the plugins, I dont’ worry about. I should. Thus begins my latest of tale of RTFM or rather RTFCL (read the fricking change log.

One of the updates I had to made was to the social media plugin  It is one of my favorite plugins, for putting in social media logos, but it has always been very unweildly.  This recent update was a breath of fresh air.  Gone was the huge box which you had to scroll down through.  Now it just has a little box that opens and allows you to click off which social media icon you want.

But, and you knew there was going to be a but, I didn’t notice that they had taken out one social media that my client used, until I got an email saying, “what happened to my itunes link” and sure enough it was gone. Sure enough, when I checked, it was gone, and then I went and read the change log.

Fortunately, they do allow you to put in your own symbols, so I was able to add it back in.

So that is the tale of thinking before changing, for the day.



Nov 15 2012

Why I love BackupBuddy

Just wanted to relate a story on why I love BackUpBuddy.  I have now had the plugin save my life twice.  The part I really like is that if you download a complete backup, you can restore the complete backup, anywhere.  It allows you to really port a site to a new location, and have it set up just the way you left it in the old site, even down the user names and login details.  It is a bit of a pain that the file takes about 10 minutes to download, and then another 10 minutes to upload at the new location, but hey, go and make yourself a cup of tea, and have a snack.  You don’t have to stare at it downloading all day.

Recently, I had to restore a site, that was having problems, so I grabbed the backup and ported it to the new location, and showed it off to my client.  She was thrilled, and I did the final step, which is to remove all the extra files that Backup buddy puts in while it is restoring the site.

Half an hour later she called to tell me that she had accidentlaly erased all her blog posts.

I said, don’t panic, we will just go through the whole process again, and so I did, and restored the site again.  I waited, this time, beofre doing step 6, until I was sure that she was fine with everything, and wasn’t going to erase anything.

So, thank you BackUp Buddy.  You are now a standard install on all my client sites, along with Yoast’s SEO and Google Analytics.