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Migration and Propagation Business

The overly dramatic process of transferring our Online Empire to a new server and then back again manifests several valuable lessons. Please look back your note and observe the following suggestions during any future server migration and/or domain propagation events… Read more »

More Server Drama

After successfully migrating our domains to a new server at WebHostingBuzz.com, we continued writing articles, uploading, embellishing, and fine-tuning everything. Everything seemed fine. At first… Read more »

Perishable Press Server Migration

As you may have read, we recently transferred our websites to a new server. Although the overall process went smoothly enough, several learning opportunities unfolded during the transfer of our humble Perishable Press website… First, the setup. Perishable Press is a WordPress-powered website. On our previous server, we were running a Fantastico-installed WordPress version 2.0.2, upgraded from version 2.0. Permalinks were enabled and everything was running smoothly. Our database was only 13MB in size and around 12MB of that was disposable statistics information from WP-ShortStat and Bad Behavior (404 link removed 2012/06/04). The crucial part of our database was a […] Read more »

Server Migration Details

About a year ago we signed up with a hosting provider that offered one of the best hosting deals around: lots of space, bandwidth, and transfer — plus all of the usual server software amenities that make life easier. Everything went smoothly at first… In fact, the first six months of service were close to 100%. The few help-ticket items submitted were promptly resolved in a professional manner. We were ready to start some business and everything was going great. Then, about five months ago, we began noticing a serious increase in server downtime. Help tickets were also slow-going and […] Read more »

Head Meta Data

Update (2012/11/13): Head MetaData Plus has been massively refreshed and renamed to Head Meta Data. Head Meta Data adds a complete set of <meta /> tags to the <head></head> section of all posts & pages on your site. Including meta information about your site is a great way to refine definition, enhance branding, and improve the semantic quality of your web pages. Read more »

Stylish Deleted Text

Fashion stylish deleted text in XHTML via the über obscure del tag. Code example: <del datetime=”1999-Dec-31T23:59:59+00:00″ title=”Text deleted: 31-Dec-1999 @ 23:59″> Terminate me. </del> Live example: Terminate me. Read more »

Title Attributes for WordPress Post Navigation

Improve accessibility by adding title attributes to your WordPress userspace. Note: This article applies specifically to WordPress 2.0.2, but may be generalized to any WP 2.0+ version. By default, WordPress navigation links omit the title attributes for both page and post views. Title attributes for links provide additional information that can improve the accessibility of your website. This is especially true when images or text symbols exclusively are used for navigation. To add title attributes to WordPress page-view links (e.g., links for index, archive, and category views), open the file wp-includes/template-functions-links.php and find the functions previous_posts_link (line #494) and next_posts_link […] Read more »

Upgrading Tag Functionality

Before today, the extent of my concern with tags involved local post tags via UTW and meta keywords via Autometa. Wanting to dive deeper into tagging, I added metadata Technorati tag links as icons appearing after each local tag link, generally located within post meta information. Adding the icon links is easy. Go to the UTW Options panel and in the “Global Formatting Settings” section, select the Technorati Tag. Then simply add the following (or something similar 1) to your index.php WP loop: <?php UTW_ShowTagsForCurrentPost(“iconlist”) ?> More display options include: <?php UTW_ShowTagsForCurrentPost(“commalist”) ?> <?php UTW_ShowTagsForCurrentPost(“technoraticommalist”) ?> <?php UTW_ShowRelatedTagsForCurrentTagSet(“commalist”) ?> References […] Read more »

Permalink Enlightenment

I recently enabled the permalinks feature for a fresh WordPress 2.0.2 upgrade. The process required several hours of research and approximately 90 minutes to fully implement. This brief article summarizes the process and applies to at least the following setup: WordPress 2.0.2 Apache Server with mod_rewrite enabled The ability to access/modify your .htaccess file(s) You have decided to use the /%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/ permalink format (actually, any format will work; simply swap your preferred format for the one mentioned here) You may also be using any of the plugins listed in the dungeon (actually, most plugins are compatible — only a few […] Read more »

Obscure XHTML Tags

Well, maybe not that obscure.. <pre> — Preformatted character data <em> — Renders as emphasized text <strong> — Renders as strong emphasized text <tt> — Renders font as teletype or monospace <dfn> — Defines a definition term <code> — Defines computer code text <samp> — Defines sample computer code <kbd> — Defines keyboard text <var> — Defines a variable <cite> — Defines a citation <strike> — XHTML Transitional only <del> — Indicates deleted text <ins> — Indicates inserted text <dl> — Defines a definition list <dt> — Defines a definition term <dd> — Defines a definition definition <abbr> — Defines […] Read more »

Robots Notes Plus

About the Robots Exclusion Standard 1: The robots exclusion standard or robots.txt protocol is a convention to prevent cooperating web spiders and other web robots from accessing all or part of a website. The information specifying the parts that should not be accessed is specified in a file called robots.txt in the top-level directory of the website. Notes on the robots.txt Rules: Rules of specificity apply, not inheritance. Always include a blank line between rules. Note also that not all robots obey the robots rules — even Google has been reported to ignore certain robots rules. Also, comments are allowed […] Read more »

HTTP Error Codes

A list of HTTP Error codes and corresponding definitions: Informational Codes 100 — Continue 101 — Switching Protocols Successful Client Requests 200 — OK 201 — Created 202 — Accepted 203 — Non-Authorative Information 204 — No Content 205 — Reset Content 206 — Partial Content Client Request Redirected 300 — Multiple Choices 301 — Moved Permanently 302 — Moved Temporarily 303 — See Other 304 — Not Modified 305 — Use Proxy 307 — Temporary Redirect Client Request Errors 400 — Bad Request 401 — Authorization Required 402 — Payment Required (not used yet) 403 — Forbidden 404 — […] Read more »

PayPal Sucks

PayPal is too automated. The phone service is automated, slow, and worthless. Plus, the number for help is not toll-free — I had to pay for PayPal’s auto-garbage phone system. Plus, the email support is automated, slow, unresponsive, and also worthless. I received a worthless auto-reply to several very specific questions regarding my account security. Security is too important to be so disregarded by PayPal, especially with one’s financial integrity at stake. PayPal is losing the technology race with its poor record-keeping and customer-service performance. I will go elsewhere for the service once provided by PayPal. PayPal is no longer […] Read more »

Lightbox Notes

To add Lightbox functionality to any single image: Add rel=”lightbox” to the anchor tag. Add a title=”” attribute to the anchor tag. Add an alt=”” attribute to the image tag. To add Lightbox functionality to any series of images: Add rel=”lightbox[value]” to the anchor tag of each image. Add a title=”” attribute to the anchor tag of each image. Add an alt=”” attribute to the image tag of each image. Any set of pictures with the same rel=”lightbox[value]” will display with nav buttons. Read more »

Nine Feet

I’m a moral in a secret box, An earthworm, chewing through a sour meal, A home, still within the daisy farm. Oh, black ants, parasites, nematodes. This trunk’s cold with its precious relics. Jackpot’s dying for foxy diggers. I’m an end, a joke, a passing fad. I’ve left my mark to make a payment, Jumped in the lake with my mom and dad. Read more »

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