Working on Your Blog Locally – Step 2, Setting Up WAMP

If you like tinkering with things you will have inevitably run into the scenario where you had something which was working, albeit maybe no just quite how you wanted it. After looking through manuals and reading a bunch of documentation it’s time to play around with things that may seem a bit foreign or off the beaten path. What generally happens to me is that I’ll mess with something in an effort to make it better and then end up screwing up everything. This is the second in the series of posts I’ll be making on how to backup your WordPress … Continue reading

Working on Your Blog Locally – Step 1, Back It Up!

If you like tinkering with things you will have inevitably run into the scenario where you had something which was working, albeit maybe no just quite how you wanted it. After looking through manuals and reading a bunch of documentation it’s time to play around with things that may seem a bit foreign or off the beaten path. What generally happens to me is that I’ll mess with something in an effort to make it better and then end up screwing up everything. I’ve run into this scenario more often than I care to enumerate. What I’ve learned after spending much of … Continue reading

Moving Between GoDaddy Hosts

For the life of this blog I’ve been using GoDaddy’s Economy hosting which was thrown in free with my domain name registration. The option was a very, very basic one, just designed to do some basic website hosting. My guess it was more for the use of parking the domain or doing a basic, “I’m Here!” site. Their documentation said that WordPress couldn’t be hosted on it. I didn’t see why it couldn’t and in the end proved you could by  hosting this blog. Now I don’t receive a ton of traffic, about 250 hits a day. I had no … Continue reading

JetPack Troubles

Oh no! You’re WordPress site went down! Are you getting a fatal error with a path that has JetPack in it? When you try to go to log into the admin portion of your site you’ll probably also see something like this: Fatal error: Cannot find a library with slug admin-pages/class.jetpack-landing-page. in … Don’t freak out just yet. I had this same issue and for me the fix was very simple. First Step: FTP Find your FTP credentials for your site. This shouldn’t be too difficult. If you did the install for WordPress not using an automated tool from your hosting … Continue reading

NOIP Has Hosts Removed By Microsoft

After reading a post on Google+ I came to find out that Microsoft served NOIP with a federal order to seize control of 22 of their hosts. Continue reading

Blog Spam

Somehow my blog is now the target of a good amount of blog spam. I like to think that it’s become popular enough that spammers see it as a good target because of the amount of readers I get! It is annoying to have to start the day by removing 150 spam comments.  I decided to try a new comment spam moderation system.  I haven’t gone and implemented a captcha system yet.  I don’t want to take the nuclear option. Anyhow if you notice you cannot leave a comment on the blog then try to get a hold of me … Continue reading

Customer Service – OneAll

Good customer service is always appreciated. The old adage, “a customer that has a good experience will tell his friends where as a customer that has a bad experience will tell everyone they meet,” holds very true. I want to let everyone I know which reads this blog know about some very good customer service that I received even when I didn’t even know that I needed it. This morning I received the following email from oneall.com regarding my social login plugin service for this blog: Hi Michael, Please take a few minutes to setup your Social Login Plugin for LinkedIn. … Continue reading

Blog Traffic – Update 2

I never really set out to make this a top tier blog. I’ve talked about this previously. However, one thing I really had hoped was that if I created some original content that somewhere out there would be a person or hopefully a few people that wanted to hear what I had to say. This goes especially regarding my software engineering and Android articles. Well it turns out that I’ve finally created some content that someone else has deemed worthy of consuming! I’ve been getting regular traffic from my Xceed Data Grid articles. The topic they cover seems to hit home … Continue reading