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WordPress, IIS and Plesk “Unable to find wp-content” Woes and Solution

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November 23rd, 2011
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I tried to help a co-worker with a professional blog for a TV channel yesterday and ran into some weird issues. We host the blog on a Windows 2008 server with IIS and Plesk. The WordPress install from within the Plesk worked fine but ours did not. The “white screen of death” on the install screen was perplexing (more on that at the bottom of this article), but every time he tried to either upgrade WordPress or install or upgrade a plugin or theme, he would receive warnings or failures stating that WordPress was unable to find the wp-content directory. This warning can take various forms but circle around the fact that WordPress did not find the right directory in the expected place. The obvious and painless solution is to upload the files directly to the server using FTP and then control the blog from within wp-admin. In this case, […]

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Fast as a CannonBall, in under 5 minutes!

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November 10th, 2011
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Notice anything different about Weblog Tools Collection? The name of the post probably gave it away. This blog is rocking in speed and deliverability! How you ask? Thanks to the fine work of the people over at Cloudflare.com CloudFlare is a free(mium) service that was recommended to me by our own James. He had heard about it in conversations with some folks over dinner and wanted us to try it out. While this blog has gotten loaded over the years with JavaScript from various sources and code cruft of years, it has also gotten quite slow as a result. It is not the server (though Spam storms never help) and MySql running on the same server does not help. I had added caching thanks to WP Super Cache and had tweaked most of the settings to be tolerable on the server. I had even tried a CDN at one point […]

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WordPress and Internationalization

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October 19th, 2011
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I’m sure that you’re all familiar with WordPress in English, but did you know that WordPress is available in 121 languages? There is definitely a lot of work that goes into that, and it’s just another reflection of the power of the WordPress community. Maybe you want to know what goes into that, or how you can get involved. If you do, this presentation from WordCamp Montreal 2011, featuring Paolo Belcastro and Zé Fontainhas, offers a great peak into a world of WordPress that you may have never experienced or even expected.

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WordPress FAQ: Moving WordPress

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February 27th, 2011
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So, you’ve just installed WordPress, but you’re not happy about the /wordpress/ that it adds at the end of your domain, or you’d just like to move it elsewhere. Fortunately, the process is rather easy. Go to the Settings section of your Dashboard and change the two URLs there to the location that you want to move WordPress to. Don’t panic, this will effectively kill your blog until you move all of the WordPress files to their new location. You may need to re-generate your permalinks at Settings/Permalinks in your Dashboard. Once that’s done, see our handy guide for changing links and images after a move. Moving a WordPress installation is not too much of a complicated procedure, but feel free to contact the WordPress Support Forums if you run into trouble.

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WordPress FAQ: Blocking Spam Registrations

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February 25th, 2011
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Spam is not limited to just comments. If you leave your WordPress blog open to new user registration, you could be hit by a wave of spam bots or rather nefarious individuals registering with hopes that you’ll give them a chance to post spam on your blog. First of all, do you really need open registration? If not, uncheck “Anyone can register” from the Settings area of your Dashboard. So, what if you need open registration? First, stop the bad bots from even visiting your blog with Bad Behavior. Now, you could certainly use a CAPTCHA on your registration form, but I wouldn’t bother with that. Several CAPTCHA have been broken by a simple program, and they just aren’t accessible. Instead, use Ban Hammer, which compares registration email addresses with your comment blacklist (just add them if you notice a trend) and the collective blacklist at Stop Forum Spam. Like […]

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WordPress FAQ: Audio and Video

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February 21st, 2011
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If you attempted to upload an audio or video file to a post in WordPress, you may notice that all you get is a link to download the file. If you want the file to actually play, you’ll need to use an extra plugin. By far, the most popular audio plugin is WordPress Audio Player. Video plugins are significantly less popular, probably because video files take up so much space and bandwidth, and it’s so easy to embed videos from external providers. When embedding audio and video, I prefer to use the Degradable HTML5 Audio and Video Plugin. Sure, it may require some file conversion, but it’s a great way to embed both audio and video files that use the browser’s native (non-Flash) player while also providing the option of a Flash-based player for browsers that don’t support HTML5 embeds. If you’d rather embed videos from an external provider, it’s […]

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WordPress FAQ: Dealing with Malware

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January 10th, 2011
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Recentently, we published two FAQs on finding free themes and free plugins, and both contained strong warnings about malware and steps to avoid infection, but what if your WordPress blog is already infected? The first thing to do is to confirm the existence of a malware infection by running the Exploit Scanner plugin. Once you have confirmed the existence of malware, refer to this handy Codex guide. Why simply link to the guide? Because this handy guide is updated by WordPress’ volunteer community to present the latest tips and tricks to clearing the latest malware infections from your blog. Of course, the best way to prevent a malware disaster is to regularly backup your database and files, but WordPress’ volunteer community has also compiled a list of recommended security measures. This is the fourth entry in our hopefully long-running WordPress FAQ series. What did you think, and what questions would […]

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How do WordPress Automated Upgrades Work?

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January 8th, 2011
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Have you ever wondered how WordPress handles the automated core, plugin, and theme upgrades? Well, it’s time for some quick weekend education! Long-time support forum volunteer, Ipstenu, has done all the thinking for you and has clearly laid out the inner-workings of the automated upgrade process. It’s a quick read, and you might leave with a new respect for the automated upgrade system, and a new understand for why you should create a child theme if you want to modify your own theme.

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Mini Guide To Choosing A Web Host

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January 7th, 2011
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The one thing that most of us WordPress self installers have in common is that we’re using a web host of some kind whether it be shared hosting, VPS, or a dedicated server. Web hosting is one of those industries that has a very low entry barrier thanks to reselling. This enables fly by night shops to open up as a web hosting company only to disappear a few months later. This doesn’t happen in all cases as reselling provides a great opportunity to learn a thing or two but I’ve since lost my trust in resellers. Choosing a web host is probably the most important decision you make as everything rests on their shoulders for your web site to stay online. Without further adieu, here is a list of questions and things to consider when choosing a web host. Note: This mini guide is mainly geared towards shared hosting. […]

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