Category Archives: Helpful Videos

I occasionally promote myself…because, well…I can. A short video on a script I edited…vLot

vlot2It finally occurred to me today that I simply do not promote the fantastical script that I edited the crap out of last year and made much better than it was.

The best part of this whole endeavor was that I offer my own edited version for free, just like the original! Sure, if you want to pay me to edit some more or set it up, I’ll happily take your money, but the bottom line is that this Car Dealership software works, is easy to edit and runs MUCH faster than any WordPress based theme/plugin type site.

So without further ado, I invite those interested in cars (or bikes, or tractors, or whatever the hell you are selling) to spend 7 minutes and watch….


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What? You want to backup your server?

So once you learn how easy it is to run a Wordress server from a virtual machine you will begin to think, “Oh crap, how do I back this site up?” Of course you can use the UpdraftPlus plugin to back up the database, but…..you still worry. Well I do…so…of course I have created another less than Hollyweird quality video to show you just how easily this is accomplished.

So watch and learn and endure the crap music….

 

Bottom line is you will need a spare Hard drive and  USB Dock to send the data to. My backups take about 1-2 minutes using a Sabrent USB 3.0 dock and the original 80 gb drive that came with this PC.


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Another video…how to use the “dummy sites”

hot newsSo right here, right now you could try out a WordPress install and setup a site. Yeah, it’s been covered here at least twice…so for those that must have (ANOTHER) video , I have chosen one of the sub domains I allocated on here and am going to setup a site, in short order…

Below is the full list of sites you can try/use:

Instructions: the sub-domain (in the video example: yfwp2) is the username/password for ALL the above sites. So if it asks for a username or password during setup…yeah…it just ain’t that difficult. For instance if the site was totallyfree.yourfreewordpress.com, the username would be….think about it, yeah totallyfree and the database name would be…totallyfree and the database password, yeah, same …totallyfree.

Watch learn…and as usual, I apologize, because this just isn’t Hollywood and I am not trying to do anything but teach.

 


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Once again, I am re-posting this. It’s an opportunity to learn or just play with WordPress.

test-1-2-3This post is a re-post of an article that originally appeared on March 31st…with a few edits of course…

I have gone ahead and setup a dummy website, named totallyfree.yourfreewordpress.com. Don’t worry, it won’t stick around forever, but if you want to try installing WordPress and playing with it, here is your chance.

Just go to totallyfree.yourfreewordpress.com and do the install! The username is totallyfree and the password is..yeah, same damned thing: totallyfree.  Coincidentally, the database name is also the same. I will be resetting the site once per day. So first one in gets to play, once per 24 hrs. There are now three sites to play with, so read on…

Before trying this look closely at the image below. If your’s doesn’t look like this, well, then you have failed.

totallyfree_inst
click for full size!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since I first wrote this I realized I may have more than 1 tester per day, so I have also added yfwp2-yfwp3.yourfreewordpress.com. so use the links below to access them. As above the subdomain name and the database and the password are all the same. So if you try yfwp2.yourfreewordpress.com the username/password/database name will all be yfwp2. Simple enough?

When you go to one of the sites to try it, this is what you will see if it is unused, the red text won’t be there, of course:

yfwp2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is the full list of sites you can try/use:

You can also use this site to simply try out or simply test a plugin before using it on your site. For info purposes, this site runs on Debian 7.7 64bit with Apache/2.2.22 (Debian) PHP/5.4.39-0+deb7u2 mod_python/3.3.1 Python/2.7.3 mod_ssl/2.2.22 OpenSSL/1.0.1e mod_perl/2.0.7 Perl/v5.14.2

You need video? OK…

 

Tim


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Getting those Cron Events to run on your WordPress Server. It’s not that difficult.

webmin1So perhaps you have setup a server with WordPress and you are using a plugin that requires  the wp_cron.php file to run every now and then. I have spent the evening learning just how to make this happen.

For my example I have the WP RSS Multi Importer plugin installed on this site (and numerous others), and I just got tired of having to go in and make the WordPress Cron fire off and download news feeds. So what to do?

Well suffice to say Google is your best friend to gain new knowledge and then applying a bit of common sense makes the whole process easier. The end result is simply adding a cron job to your server, assuming you are running Linux, this is quite easy and in the video below, you will see that it is super easy when using a program such as WebMin to admin your server.

All you really have to do is fire off the wp_cron.php file in WordPress at appropriate intervals to get your desired results.

The line below is what I used to fix my tablets site so it imports feeds on a very regular basis…
wget http://tablets.yourfreewordpress.com/wp-cron.php?doing_wp_cron=1 > /dev/null 2>&1

Note: If you don’t happen to have access to cron on your web host I will suggest you try out a site such as EasyCron.com. Keep in mind the setup/command is still the same with the exception of not needing the ‘wget’ command.

So for this example we are going to fix up the RSS Multi Importer to grab feeds every 15 or so minutes and then make them into auto posts every 30 minutes. So without further introduction below is the latest in a long line of crappy, but damned informative videos….

 

Tim

 


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I guess if I offer a fix for the WP RSS Multi Importer plugin I should really also offer an overview of an install?

WP_RSS_Multi_Importer1So since I went out on a limb with the fix for the RSS Multi-Importer plugin I figured maybe I should also offer a quick install video?

Yep, this one is going to have crap music, lousy directing and the occasional error, but just watch the damned thing and try…yeah, TRY, to learn something!

 


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