WordPress Complete Manual Backup

BACK UP FILES

  1. Login to your cPanel
  2. Find the root directory of you website (normally public_html)
  3. Double click on public_html to open the folder
  4. Click on the first file/fold in the directory – hold your shift key – click on the last file/folder in that directory – all should be highlighted
  5. Right mouse click on any of the highlighted files and a menu should appear
  6. Choose Compress
  7. For windows, I choose “Zip Archive”
  8. Click Compress Files
  9. It will name the zip after the first file/fold in the directory – my files was cgi-bin.zip
  10. Rename to whatever is relevant i.e. domainname-backup-date.zip
  11. Right mouse click on file & download your computer
  12. Next find your database name by looking in your wp-config file (double-click will download the file) open with note-pad and look for DB_NAME

BACK UP DATABASE

  1. Go back to cPanel
  2. Under Databases choose phpMyAdmin
  3. On the left menu find the database that is used by your WordPress Site (DB_Name above)
  4. Click once on the name all tables should now show on the left and be highlighted
  5. Click Export from the top menu
  6. Quick – display only the minimal options
  7. SQL format
  8. Click GO

MOVE TO SECURE LOCATION

  1. All files that we download should show on the bottom bar of your browser (if they are not there, look in your download fold on your machine)
  2. Right click on one and choose open in folder
  3. Highlight and move these files to a location you will remember. It is always a good idea to keep several copies in different locations – on your hard drive, on an external hard drive that is not normally connected to your computer, and on the cloud as well
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Create a Movie from Your Photos

Windows Movie Maker is no longer available, what do you do when you want to make a quick movie?

Log into your google account and goto Photos icon in the pull-down menu top right.
Goto Albums & Create an Album|
Back on Google Photos Main Page, Select Assistant from the Menu on the left.
Click the +Create at the top & Select Animation
You can then download the animated.gif
(Cons – can’t set the time between frames)

The movie option only creates template stories.

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YouTube “Brand” Accounts are a Must

Reason: Others can manager your account for your without giving them the keys to the kingdom….your main password for google.

Create a Brand Account

Goto http://youtube.com/account
Click “see all my channels or create a new channel”
Click “create a new channel”
Enter a name –> Create
May send text verification
Customize with Profile pic & Cover


To MOVE your old channel to the new brand account:

GoTo http://youtube.com/account
Click “see all my channels or create a new channel”
Select your original personal channel ***Important
Scroll to “settings” on you the left or enter the account url again from above
Click “Advanced Settings”
Click “Move channel to Brand Account”
May ask you for your pw
You should see your personal account at the top under My Channel (Now) with an arrow pointing to the new Brand Account
Click the Brand Account (This should be an empty account that you just created above so none of your video should be deleted. As I said earlier…make sure the old personal account was showing at the top and the new Brand account is at the bottom. If it is switched you will be deleting all of your content from your personal channel)
Click Delete Channel

My question is why don’t they make this easier for us with one button “Change your personal channel to a brand account”?

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Save Live FB video for Client

Download your Videos from Facebook

Right Click – Copy video URL at current time
Paste in browser – change to www to m and enter
Hit Shift + Ctrl + J
Click on the video
Let play through
Click on Video Again – Console will highlight code
Right Click on the Highlighted Code and Copy link address
Paste again in browser
Right Click on Video and Save video as
Name & save to your computer

Now you can upload to youtube or embed in your clients website.

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receipt of .us domain mail intermittent mainly from cell phones

Check your .us domain out here:

https://intodns.com/

If you get this error, your DNS was not set up properly, but .com domains don’t seem to care.

ERROR: Some of your DNS servers do not have A records at all. I could not find any A records for the following DNS servers:
ns1.nameserverdomain.com
ns2.nameserverdomain.com

You must have A records for all of your nameservers.

Also…the IP will be missing:
Nameserver records returned by the parent servers are:

ns1.nameserverdomain.com. [] (NO GLUE) [TTL=7200]
ns2.nameserverdomain.com. [] (NO GLUE) [TTL=7200]

a.cctld.us was kind enough to give us that information.

Should look like this:

Nameserver records returned by the parent servers are:

ns70.domaincontrol.com. [‘208.109.255.45’] (NO GLUE) [TTL=3600]
ns69.domaincontrol.com. [‘216.69.185.45’] (NO GLUE) [TTL=3600]

a.cctld.us was kind enough to give us that information.

How do you fix?

– Login to your cPanel/WHM
– Search for Edit DNS Zone
– Select the domain that you set as host/nameserver
– Add New Entries Below this Line
ns1 –> 14400 –> A –> YourServerIP
ns2 –> 14400 –> A –> YourServerIP

Save

Hopefully that will fix the problem.

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Godaddy Website Hosted Form and Workspace

If you currently host your website on your Godaddy server and then move your mail to their Workspace, you will need to change a few things.

Your MX records will need to be updated to:
MX @ mailstore1.secureserver.net (Priority: 10)
MX @ smtp.secureserver.ent (Priority: 0)
TXT @ v=spf1 a mx ptr include:secureserver.net ~all

And don’t forget updating your cPanel if you are sending mail to those email address from a form on your website:
cPanel -> Email -> MX Entry -> choose Domain -> Email Routing -> Remote Mail Exchanger

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A Stand for Net Neutrality

A message from GoDaddy CEO, Blake Irving

In 2015, the tech industry and millions of individuals fought to legally protect the Internet from fast lanes and slow lanes, guaranteeing an open, unrestricted Internet that treated all data neutrally—not favoring big business over small. Unfortunately, the FCC has changed leadership and the open Internet is now under serious attack once again. July 12th marks a “Day of Action on Net Neutrality” across the Web. If you value the spirit of the Internet that’s driven so much prosperity and freedom around the world, please join forces with GoDaddy to get informed and take action today.

 
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Want to know what mobile browsers are looking at your website?

This site has a nice graph of who is wining the browser war on mobile phones!

It this new day and age, it is important to keep up on who is coming to your site, and what software they are using to view it.

In another article we talked about how important it is that your site is mobile friendly sites.

Below is a graph showing that as of Aug 2015 – surprise, Chrome browser is winning 35% & Google’s search engine at 79%!

35% Chrome – Google or course
18% Safari – Google
16% UC Browser – Yahoo
14% Android – Google
13% Opera – Google

It is also important to know which search engine is pre-loaded on these browsers so you can check on your placement in each.

Important Note: As of August 2015 79% of the browsers use Google’s search engine, so be sure to check your placement on that – It will be different than your placement in Google on your desktop.

2017 update: The site with the interactive graphs is no longer available.

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Stop System Notification – Drupal

When you install the blog module in Drupal it is automatically set to email the admin when anyone tries to register. In no time you will be inundated with notifications of fictitious people/users. Within two months I was up to 20 per day.

I have searched for hours trying to find a way to turn off these notification with no success. Finally, I happened upon the page in the admin section where you can choose “Who can register accounts?”

The only problem with this is that people must email you directly and ask to added as a registered user to use your blog. Another option is that you could add a form page to your site and menu bar where people can enter their email and password for the administrator to personally add them. The benefit is you have the ability to add captcha to the bottom of that form so you are sure to only receive legitimate requests.

So what you need to do is:
– Login as Admin to your Drupal Site
– Click on configuration
– Then under the People section, click on “Account settings”
– Under the REGISTRATION AND CONCELLATION section, “Who can register accounts?”
– Select “Administrators Only”
– Click “Save configuration”

Next you will need to download and install the “Webform” module and the “CAPTCHA” module.

Good Luck!

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