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Old 08-10-2013, 08:00   #181
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weird ! So what did you use to duplicate, Psycho ?
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Old 08-10-2013, 08:49   #182
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weird ! So what did you use to duplicate, Psycho ?
I just used the Duplicator plugin, which I'd used before.

A couple of things that I noticed is that it not only packaged up my main website (pH design) but it also packaged up all of the other websites that I have with my host provider. This meant that they were all duplicated when I checked the FTP after the install under the new domain name.

I'm not sure if I've got a bit of an odd file structure but when I check my FTP I have a folder called "/public_html" and inside that are all of the WordPress files needed for my pH design website. There are also separate folders for my other websites.

I wasn't sure if there should actually be a folder in "/public_html" containing my pH design website files, rather than just having them mixed in with everything contained in the "/public_html"?

I'm not sure if that makes any sense!

I think this is why Duplicator packaged up all of my other websites, rather than just pH design - because pH design wasn't contained within its own folder in the "/public_html" folder.

That could have been one reason for the problem. The other might have been how I installed the package onto the new domain name. I got a bit confused with the settings and it was asking for a database name, username and password. I didn't know if it was asking for the original details or weather I had to create a new database first?

I went with a new database.

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Old 08-10-2013, 10:31   #183
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Yes - I get what you mean. I'm not too clued up on this side of things, but apparently it's something to do with the way that shared hosting works.

Everything sits in the root of the public_html - if you start off with RED.COM, and then over subsequent months create BLUE.COM and GREEN.COM in separate folders, it can get confusing cos the only mention of RED is at the root at the very top of your folder tree :
/home/red/public_html/
/home/red/public_html/blue
/home/red/public_html/green


We have an existing RED.COM written in html years ago - I developed a new WP version in its own RED.COM folder, which is now live, so the actual directory structure shows up as RED.COM/RED.COM/WORDPRESS ! But this is invisible to site visitors - there's a setting in the WP admin panel :

Settings - General where
WordPress Address (URL) : http://red.com/red.com/wordpress
can be different to
Site Address (URL) : http://red.com = what site visitors actually see
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Old 17-10-2013, 12:02   #184
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Good collection here to bookmark -

30 best free magazine themes
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ThemeForest occasionally put several themes & plugins in a special-priced bundle, and the current one looks excellent for us budding amateur WP developers -

$20 - The Blogger Bundle - offer ends 30th Oct.

Here are the direct links to the 'live' demos of the bundled WP themes, each one being well-reviewed and selling for $30+ on its own - (note: there are other non-WP themes included too) -
The plugins seem decent too - there are 3 or 4 that I could start using straight away (too many to list - checkout the main link - not all WP-specific though), plus there's even a few design elements thrown in (icons, fonts, photos, etc).

NOTE: expect limited (or zero) support/updates from all plugins & themes (although it won't hurt to ask the developer for help).
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Whats the best backup solution for Wordpress?
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The process is two-fold. Back up the files on your server, and back up the database. There isn't a nice 'all in one' solution, as it relies on two different aspects of the server.
I don't suggest FTP'ing files from your server, as this is slow compared to creating an archive on the server itself, but this is dependant on your control panel. Most have a way of creating an archive of a directory, which you can then FTP off (FTP'ing one file is vastly quicker than the 2000+ files that make up a Wordpress install...)

Some Giveaway sites giveaway Backup SF which tries to backup files and databases, but when I tried it, it wasn't that good, especially on multiple sites within a directory (eg, parked domains, etc).
Theoretically, the files shouldn't change that often, but a regular database backup is essential.
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Has anyone ever successfully set up a multisite?

PS what is the best plugin for widget management (switching off and on, hiding etc.)?
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I've set up several multisites, and although was using a plugin, its built into Wordpress 3.x now. Quite easy, and works well. Some plugins don't work too well with it though (install it in the master site, and the sub-sites don't think its installed)

Not sure about widget management...
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Whats the best backup solution for Wordpress?
I've used the xcloner plugin to successfully move 3 WordPress sites from one server to another. Restoring the sites wasn't quite as easy as I hoped, I had to manually create and restore the databases, but other than that it worked well, makes an easy to download archive of all the files and the database
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I'm looking for a way to automate daily backups. Sorry wasn't too clear there!

I have migrated sites a few times and didn't find it too difficult without a plugin. But may look at that in future to streamline the process, thanks.
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Wordpress Backups

Hi KeyserSoze - I've spent quite a bit of time researching backup plugins, and trying quite a few. There doesn't appear to be a perfect '1-button' solution - they all take a bit of setting up, and of course you need to check logs/email alerts to ensure they're still working.

The main problem seems to be the (cheap) shared hosting that many of us use (for our cheap websites !), as there are server limits imposed for things like RAM and CPU allowance, as well as a max time that a job can run for (I think this is the best simple explanation - I'm no server expert).

So the first one I'd recommend is UpdraftPlus - very well reviewed, and with a good 'freemium' plan, offering a decent free service with paid addons. But the problem with this plugin is that it doesn't work if your site is very quiet, with few visitors - something about resources that I don't quite understand. But if you're getting regular traffic you should be fine.

And then there's BackWPup - again, very well reviewed, and this is what I use on most of my sites. If you have a really small site it works v.well. If your site has plenty content (& plugins) you'll need to split up your backup into several different jobs (eg: database, files, uploads, plugins). It does take a bit of time to set up, but the admin panel is very good - I have scheduled 4 daily backups to zipped locally to my host, as well a uploading to Dropbox. If you keep an eye on things it works well, but for some reason the jobs seem to get unscheduled after they've failed a couple of times (could just be my host - there's no mention on the plugin support board about his).

Finally, I had very good results with XCloner too (as mentioned) - more of a site dupe/clone plugin, but worked v.well, and as close to a 1-click solution as I've encountered. Might be good for a monthly manual-full-site-backup, although it looks like you can schedule if you know your crons.
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Great post driver8! Sounds like there isn't a perfect solution but a few options I can play with. We host the Wordpress site ourselves on a managed server, and is a Windows/IIS system so we have easy access to files. Seems they backup the server daily so as long as I can export the sql db to a file, I should be ok.
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Slightly different from a multisite, has anyone ever created a microsite for 'members only' within an existing site? I've got all the structure set up but I may have to do some database tweaking as I can't get it to load
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Interesting, Ste7en - I might need to make something similar soon - I'd be interested to know how you've done this (when you've done it !)
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10 Things You Should Do When Inheriting a WordPress Site - I just about managed to work this out, but useful to have a checklist - one to bookmark.

WP Jump Menu plugin - Creates a drop-down menu in the admin area which makes it easy to jump to a specific page or post for editing.

WP Help and WP101 plugins - add user docs and video tutorials to your dashboard - useful if you're handing over your site to clients

I'm still being surprised by the variety of plugins available ! Anyone found any useful ones lately ?
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2 great-looking, free responsive themes - direct links to the demo pages -

Minimable by fedeweb.net - 1 page scroller

Slider by DESSIGN - more traditional, but still stylish & unusual
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I've been looking for some sort of plugin so that I can offer wallpaper image downloads at different resolutions - anyone any ideas ? Anyone done this ?

I'm thinking of showing the image at 300x200, with the buttons alongside for the different resolutions for the main devices - nothing fancy, same as you see on the wallpaper download sites, really.

I can make a table with the relevant links/buttons, but I was after something a bit more automated than this. Anyone seen anything on their web travels ?
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Anyone have experience setting up a newsletter service? Either as a WP plugin or from scratch.

If I have a form set up for the user to enter an email address. What do I do with it? I suppose I need a service set up to catch the signups, like Mailchimp? Where do I start?
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There are lots of articles on how to do this - I suppose it all depends on how fancy you want things to be.

How to Build Your Free Email List with WordPress

8 Best WordPress Mailing List Plugins

For signup you could use a widget, a modal popup or a 'Call to Action' button, then use a plugin to catch the email addresses.

The Mailchimp route should be painless (if you're under their limits to still use it for free) - try Contact Form 7 + Mailchimp addon

Aha - this is the one I was after (it's got a weird name) - very highly reviewed - MailPoet Newsletters (formerly Wysija) - watch their videos and jump straight in !
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