Archive for the 'Blog Maintenance' Category

5 steps to reorganize “Categories” on your blog

If you have started your blog in rush just like me. And you have been writing a lot of posts and have not planned your “Categories” on the beginning. One day you may notice that you may have way to much “Categories”. The more you have, the less processional your blog is looking. There may be just one case when you have “hundreds” of categories. It is when your blog have no any general topic.
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Learn to make comments not spam!

I am not going to learn you how to write good comments as I am not a copywriter and I am not going to be. But like many of you I am really tired of getting hundreds of spammy comments. You may say that I should install anti spam plugin… I have great WP-SpamFree plugin and probably some of you use Akismet that is more than enought for most spam robots. But that’s not the point!

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Move your WordPress blog to new domain without traffic and backlinks loss

WordpressMoving your WordPress blog can be very frustrating and can bring you a real headache. You have put a lot of effort in creating your website content and you want to take it with you to a new home. Of course you want to keep all backlinks and link structure untouched. But be warned that any mistake can bring you very serious trouble as you may loose your traffic and/or search engine positions. If you have decided for such move you need do it well. In this post I will do all my best to help you with your move.

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Be warned: WordPress update crash (2.8.4 to 2.8.5)

WordpressIf you are going to upgrade your WordPress installation soon you should read this post. A few days ago when I woke up and as usual turned on my notebook to check my mail and my sites stats. I have noticed and upgrade message in WordPress admin panel “WordPress 2.8.5 is available! Please update now”. I have decided I will not ignore this update and it was the beginning of my trouble.

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How to start your own blog?

So you have decided to start your first blog? That’s great. You are in a right place. There are three ways you should consider if you want to create a new blog. It depends from two things – money you want to invest and tech knowledge that you have.

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How to make WordPress “Page” link to any url

Today I have been looking for solution for making one of my “page” links linking to category of posts for one of my WordPress projects. I have found a few tips about putting “href” tags in description etc. But it have broken my layout.

Then I have found great WordPress plugin called “Page Links To” that would let you put any URL instead of your real page content (even external!). When you install it you get additional field in your Add New Page section where you can put your url. For me it works like a charm!

Problem with 404 error on /wp-admin/ in WordPress

I have just been moving my blog to new host. Everything was fine after I did it as described at WordPress Codex except admin panel.

When I was trying to login to Dashboard I got 404 error. There is one very simple solution for it. When I was moving files from my old host my ftp client set chmod of /wp-admin/ directory to 775. It won’t work with this permission. All you need to do is to change it to 755 and it should be working again.

MySQL login details in WordPress

If you have decided to move a copy of your wordpress to other host propably you will have problem with your mysql login details. Even if mysql database name, login and password are same – propably you will have to change login host (until it is not localhost :) ). It is very easy to do. All you need to change after you copy WordPress script to your new account is to edit wp-config.php file. Open it in any text editor (Notepad would be ok), find and edit following lines:

define('DB_NAME', 'put_db_name_here');
define('DB_USER', 'put_db_login_here');
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'put_db_password_here');
define('DB_HOST', 'put_mysql_host_here');

And that’s all :)

WordPress K2 theme and problem with comments (solution)

Since I have upgraded a WordPress to version 2.8 I have seen new comments counted by Akismet plugin but nothing in spam queue nor any comments to approve. It looked very strange for me!

I have logged out from my blog admin and tried to post a comment. After submitting it I saw a blank page!

The worst thing was that I have not found any solutions in google (and people say that google always knows the answer :)) – so I decided to upgrade K2 Theme… But there is now new release on their main page!

But wait! There is a solution! (or I would not write this post :)) After some googling (ok… please forget what I wrote about google before… :D) I have found K2 nightly build subpage… All you need to do to fix this issue is to upgrade K2 with nightly build. It can be downloaded from: http://getk2.com/nightly/.

I have decided to download last RC8 version (k2-1.0-RC8-revision-807-2009-07-13.zip). And now you can test if comments are working again :)