The Boiling Pot Blog

Aug 31, 2020

Kathi Valeii

“Hosting” is the hardware component of having a website. A server, which is the word for “a computer that makes information available to other computers through internet connections,” needs to store the website information and...

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Jul 28, 2020

Kathi Valeii

Whether we’re in a global pandemic or back to the coveted mundane, e-learning is here to stay. COVID has ushered in necessary remote alternatives, but even when in-person instruction resumes, many will continue to want access to remote learning. Be...

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Jul 17, 2020

James Ryven Valeii

How search engines act as SEO building code inspectors for websites. James grew up on construction sites with his dad. He likes building things with his hands and he also sees website development and many of the facets that accompany it as a form of ...

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May 21, 2020

Kathi Valeii

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is an organizing and marketing tool. CRM’s help businesses and organizations manage their client databases, track website users’ behavior, and maintain client relationships. For non-profits CRM’s are u...

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May 4, 2020

James Ryven Valeii

As the U.S. prepares for COVID-19, companies are expanding to offer contactless retail options. As COVID-19 blankets news coverage, you may have heard the terms “contactless payment,” “contactless pickup,” and “contactless retail.”...

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May 5, 2020

Kathi Valeii

When schools began offering remote instruction amid COVID-19, between our three kids, we were sorting through multiple emails from 14 different teachers. Almost nothing was streamlined, and it was up to us to organize everyone’s schedules, classroo...

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Apr 1, 2020

Kathi Valeii

Our teenager didn’t quite make it all the way through driver’s training classes before Governor Whitmer ordered Michiganders to shelter in place. In the week prior, schools closed and the driver ed company in many ways felt like the last in-perso...

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Mar 7, 2020

Kathi Valeii

As the U.S. prepares for COVID-19, companies are expanding to offer contactless retail options. As COVID-19 blankets news coverage, you may have heard the terms “contactless payment,” “contactless pickup,” and “contactless retail.”...

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Mar 29, 2019

Kathi Valeii

Boiling Pot helps clients develop blog campaigns so that they perform well. Your website is a place where people come to find the basic details about your business — where you exist in the world, what services or products you offer, your hours,...

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Mar 10, 2019

James Ryven Valeii

Content design is more than just putting words on a page. Content design involves crafting the message that will encourage readers to take the actions that you want them to take. The correct message is the foundation on which your entire marketing pl...

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Jan 14, 2019

James Ryven Valeii

To Boiling Pot Media, democratizing publishing means helping companies, nonprofits, and individuals develop their message and brand in a platform that they own.

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Apr 17, 2018

Kathi Valeii

Being able to market your organization is contingent on having the right words. You need to be able to represent your organization in a way that makes people empathetic to your mission. James Valeii, founder, lead developer, and project manager of Bo...

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Dec 6, 2017

James Ryven Valeii

In publishing, “hed’s” and “dek’s” are strategically used to try to get you to click over to a story for a deeper read. A Hed, short for headline, is used to catch your attention – get you to click over to a ...

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Sep 14, 2017

James Ryven Valeii

Paying for an in-house event-ticket-sales system is something that many companies don’t prioritize for their websites. Maybe it’s an extra cost they don’t want to incur; maybe they think other sites do it well so why bother? But, ho...

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Mar 28, 2017

James Ryven Valeii

Media projects work better and have better results when you collaborate with a website and social media team that specializes in quality communication and knows how to get results. When we teamed up with one community organization, their social medi...

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Mar 30, 2017

James Ryven Valeii

If you have WP All Export (by WP All Import) and you are trying to export database entries that are serialized, you can use the following PHP function to unserialize while exporting data. If you are not using WP All Export, but do need a tidy functi...

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Jan 6, 2017

James Ryven Valeii

A website learning center is a section of a site that is dedicated to providing expert information to visitors. It is a collection of posts that are high quality, useful, navigable, and thoughtfully structured. On the website, a learning center wou...

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Dec 30, 2016

James Ryven Valeii

If you are using Tickera Events Calendar, this is how you can display a custom background color for events on the calendar based on the event category. You will need: Tickera Tickera Calendar Colorful Categories Tickera and Tickera Calendar extension...

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Nov 30, 2016

James Ryven Valeii

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Dec 9, 2015

James Ryven Valeii

Ban users with iTheme Security. Go to Security > Settings. Using the side-menu navigation, drop down to Banned Users. Enter the IP address that you want to ban or exclude from accessing your website in the text box, pictured below:

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Nov 11, 2015

James Ryven Valeii

Set a sticky post in the post editor by expanding the Visibilty settings ( click Edit ) and checking the box “Stick this post to the front page”. [vertical-spacer] Set a sticky post in the All Posts view by clicking “Quick Edit̶...

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Aug 10, 2015

James Ryven Valeii

Recently I listened to a conversation between Kai Ryssdal and Farbod Shoraka regarding BloomNation, a successful startup, that co-founder Shoraka now CEOs. BloomNation promises to be a very profitable e-commerce site that allows florists to sell...

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Jul 24, 2015

James Ryven Valeii

A client was unable to read the Email Notifications that they were receiving from WordPress Gravity Forms. The font size of their email notifications was too small. I set out to find out how to use HTML in Gravity Forms email notifications. Gravity ...

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Jul 13, 2015

James Ryven Valeii

WordPress is an extremely popular CMS. Almost half of the websites on the internet use WordPress. WordPress isn’t just for from-home bloggers or budgeted businesses. It’s a powerful CMS used by many leading fortune 500 companies and agenc...

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Jun 2, 2015

James Ryven Valeii

Use another Email with Gmail. These 9 short steps will help you send emails from Gmail with a different email address. Part One: Add POP3 to receive Emails from another Account 1. Gear > Settings > Accounts and Import 2. Click “Add a POP3...

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Mar 11, 2015

James Ryven Valeii

Ready for a quick rundown on creating events with All-in-one Event Calendar by Time.ly? Find the Events tab on your WordPress Admin Menu, choose Add New, and we’ve begun to create WordPress event number one! All-in-one Event Calendar provides...

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Jun 15, 2015

James Ryven Valeii

An Addon Domain is a web address that you add to your hosting account through cPanel. It is a fully functional domain. In addition to hosting a totally separate website from your main domain, you can send and receive email, forwarders, and more. A...

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Dec 30, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

Sometimes it’s smart to make WordPress plugins for yourself. We make WordPress plugins while developing custom websites often, and for a lot of reasons. The number one reason to make WordPress plugins is so that we can mange non-theme based fu...

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Dec 19, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

This is a quick explanation on resizing WordPress images. Say you setup a page on your website with images, but have to resize WordPress images because they don’t fit your layout. For example, on this page, one image is unpleasantly wider t...

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Nov 26, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

Fix broken formatting for copy paste text in WordPress website page or post. Copying and pasting content from a word document, openoffice document, PDF or website into a WordPress post can result in broken formatting.

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Nov 10, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

This tutorial will show you how to format a big list of URLS to import into an RSS reader. Let’s use some craigslist pages for this walk through. Say I want a free, cherry piano, and I’m willing to drive anywhere in Michigan to get it. Th...

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Oct 22, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

There are several situations that could result in lost social share counts: Dissociated short links Domain name change URL structure change This solution for restoring or preserving social media share counters is iterative. It allows you to set a sp...

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Sep 24, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

How to send emails from Gmail with a different email address listed as the sender. If you want to send emails from another of your email addresses, you can use the Send Email As feature provided by Gmail. These are the 7 steps to setting up a differe...

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Sep 3, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

A lot of people use this CMS. Like – millions of people. That means, it’s worth a hackers time to target WP and it’s plugins. Since many hacks are reusable, it doesn’t matter how big or small your website is. When a weakness i...

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Sep 2, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

How can you save thousands of dollars when your website gets hacked or crashes? What losses will you experience if your WordPress website site goes offline for two or four weeks because it was hacked. Are all of your customers going wait for you to c...

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Aug 19, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

Register a Custom Conditional Tag to regulate the display of content securely and neatly.

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Aug 13, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

Here's what I want to share - there's a really easy-to-enhance snippet that you can use to create a brand new, custom conditional tag for your website. Using your custom conditional tag, you can call custom field data to display wherever you want wit...

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Aug 15, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

Over the years working with WordPress, I’ve found a lot of good reasons to get used to modifying the HTACCESS file. The top four reasons to modify the HTACCESS include: Setting up 301 Redirects in the HTACCESS for WordPress Enabling Expires Han...

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Jul 16, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

Since we got into this business three years ago, we’ve learned a lot about ourselves. Accordingly, we have revisioned our website and products. See the new site here. Check our products here. 

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Jul 2, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

You need WordPress Security Best Practices WordPress is the most popular website Content Management System (CMS). About 47% of websites currently run WordPress. The next-most-popular CMS is Drupal at 13%. It’s lucrative to support WordPress...

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Jun 26, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

A good rule of thumb with WordPress is to use as few plugins as is possible. Plugins are a by-design, and the most useful way of making WordPress become all the things you dreamed it could be – but, plugins also take up resources. If you have ...

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Feb 26, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

Great advantages come from taking the occasional risk. Putting yourself out on a limb, taking a little more control. Even a little risk, like trying your hand at inserting an image with straight HTML, might just reward you with something greater in t...

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Jan 20, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

Carousel Image Gallery is possibly the best integrated, easiest to use gallery extension that WordPress offers. Plus - it's supported by the WordPress Mobil App - so if you or your client is running a blog/portfolio that should include lots of images...

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Jan 14, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

Why To This tutorial will show you how to setup a menu in WordPress that uses a category rather than a page. If you are using WordPress as a portfolio or e-commerce site, chances are good that your life will be better if you are using a category-base...

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Jan 9, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

In WordPress, the featured image of a page or post is used for several things. Usually, it is the image that appears in the loop - or blog stream and gets used for meta and opengraph tags, making it the preferred thumbnail image for your content...

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Jan 6, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

WordPress offers a lot of control to its users. There are so many options in a default installation, that the developers chose to limit what’s visible. To access all of the default controls look to the top right corner of the screen, there̵...

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Jan 5, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

With a Plugin You could install a plugin, like Viper’s Video Quicktags, to embed videos. Using a plugin, you’ll only need to copy the URL of the video. For Vimeo, that will look like http://vimeo.com/8484858585 – for youtube, http...

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Dec 23, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

This tutorial starts with the assumption that you’ve already got a form set up for your product, and that it has a PayPal Add-On form layered. Ready? Here’s how to setup a Gravity Forms / PayPal Add-On setup that will allow you to sell a ...

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Dec 23, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

Do you want a trimmer form? And you know one great way to have a trim form is to use placeholders in your fields (labels in text areas), rather than labels above fields? Here’s how to accomplish your goal using the “Gravity Forms – ...

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Dec 23, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

This tutorial will teach you how to use Gravity Forms to sell a product through WordPress. A follow up tutorial will show you how to sell digital products using just WordPress, the Gravity Forms Plugin, and the PayPal Add-On. Let’s kick it off ...

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Dec 23, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

To use Gravity Forms for WordPress, login to your WordPress website and find “forms” in the admin panel. (If you don’t see it, check to be sure that the plugin is activated. If you don’t see the plugin, contact me. Select R...

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Sep 27, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

There are several different ways that you can create a new post. When you use any of the methods (below), this is what’s happening (warning, we’re just nerding-out with this list, skip it if you’re feeling pragmatic) : You are sendi...

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Sep 27, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

HTML Basic Document <!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <title>Title of document goes here</title> </head> <body> Visible text goes here… </body> </html> Basic Tags <h1>Largest Heading</h...

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Sep 20, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

You’re running multisite, you want to create a new site. Here’s how. Navigate to your Multisite Admin ( My Sites –> Network Admin –> Dashboard ), select ‘Sites’ and ‘Add New’. You’ll be pres...

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Sep 11, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

WordPress can allow viewers to create an account on your site. The lowest level account is called “subscriber”. A subscriber account allows a person to have set a name, email, website, and gravitar to their account, and makes it easy for ...

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Aug 28, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

To remove an html link, click the link within your post that you’d like to remove, and then click the Unlink button – a broken chain. If you want to remove a link from an image, simply click the image once to select it and then click the Unli...

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Aug 28, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

In your text editor highlight the words or the image you would like to link, and click the link button on the toolbar. Next, paste in the website or media library document (PDF) in the URL box, check the box that says, open link in a new window, then...

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Aug 30, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

To add a new file to the Media Library, click on the Add New link in the left hand navigation menu or the Add New button at the top of the page. To upload a new file to the Media Library, simply drag your images from wherever they are on your compute...

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Aug 27, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

Click on Pages in your admin panel (on the left). Click the “Add New” button.. Enter the title and the content. Keep the template set to “full-width page” (unless you want to use a sidebar – see Widget section) and the order set to 0. C...

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Sep 10, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

Select Pages on the left menu. Choose the page you would like to edit. Or, you can open your site in another tab/window, navigate to the page that you want to change, and click the “edit” link on the bottom of the page to make changes to that pag...

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Oct 8, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

Step by step instructions for setting up a slideshow using WordPress Slider Plugin.

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Sep 30, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

Ensure that Gravity Forms is installed, licensed, and activated. Then, on the page where you would like to insert your form, click the “Add Form” button. The insert form Gravity Form popup will appear. You can choose from all of the Forms...

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Sep 20, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

If your objective is to use WordPress’ Multisite function to create exact replicas of a template site that you’ve already created, check out NS Cloner. If it checks out, follow their instructions for installation – the process is ty...

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Aug 26, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

#1. Add a new Custom Field (say js) and paste the JavaScript widget into the Value field. #2. Switch to the HTML mode in your WordPress editor and insert in a new line. Save, publish and WordPress will substitute that shortcode with the actual Java...

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Aug 26, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

Login to cPanel.   Navigate to the File Manager.   Create a new file called fullbackup.php, per Justin Cook’s tutorial on Automated cPanel backups. And include the following, adding your cPanel and FTP Host credentials: Now, navigate ...

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Aug 26, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

Login to cPannel. Navigate to the “Files” tab. Select Backups.   You will receive the option to backup all, or some components of your website. It’s best to keep backups of everything. If you take a complete backup, then indivi...

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Jul 23, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

Navigate to the admin screen. Go to Duplicator –> Packages. There are no packages. Create a new package. Download the Installer and Package by clicking the icons to the right. Use an FTP client or your web hosts file manager to put the inst...

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Jul 23, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

Navigate to your cPanel Login Screen. Once in cPanel, navigate to the Databases tab and select MySQL Databases. Create a database by setting the database name and clicking “Create Database”. You can use an existing database user, but it&#...

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Jul 23, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

Navigate to your cPannel Login. Once arrived, find the Domain Manager Panel. Click Subdomains, and set the subdomain name. In this case, I am creating a development subdomain where I can make changes to my site that I can share with friends without t...

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May 16, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

Widgets (General Information) Widgets are independent sections of content that can be placed into any widgetized area provided by your theme. Click the Save button within the Widget to save your edited settings. If you want to remove a widget from a ...

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May 16, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

Making a WordPress user is very simple. To start off, navigate to “Users” in the Admin Panel. You’ll get the Add New User form (pictured below), which has pretty self-explanatory fields. The one, “Role” may require some...

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May 16, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

If you are trying to embed a video from a source other than YouTube, the technique to use is probably very similar to this tutorial. The greatest difference the location that the embed HTML is stored. To embed a YouTube video: Open the video in your ...

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Jul 26, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

Create a favicon (usually titled “favicon”, and using a special image extension “.ico”). There are many sites that will let you upload an image file and then touch it up to save as favicon.ico. You can use a .jpeg or .png, t...

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May 16, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

To modify the URL that your images point to, navigate to the editor window for the page or post where the images are located and click the image that you want to work on. When clicked the image will become “shaded over” and two icons will...

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Oct 28, 2015

James Ryven Valeii

Ways that posting on Social Media helps you: It’s hard to prioritize writing for Social Media and posting on Social Media. But it is also integral that you do it, or have it done, for your company. Build Brand and Brand Awareness Your brand is ...

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May 15, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

Best practices for using WordPress Categories and Tags.

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May 8, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

The only major technical difference between pages and posts is that, by default, pages are not put out on RSS but posts are. All of the other differences are theoretic - common practice, but not real technical constraints.

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May 1, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

To create a website that uses a Content Management System, like WordPress or Drupal, you will need to have a database. Your host should provide 10 databases in the hosting package that you purchased with them. To create a database, 1. Login to your C...

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Jul 24, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

1. Download the latest WordPress package (download here). 2. Unarchive WordPress. A folder called “WordPress” will be created. 3. Upload the folder that unarchiving created to your server using an FTP client or your hosts FTP manager. 4....

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Jul 18, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

The internet is a network of interconnected nodes. Every node on the internet has an identification code, known as an IP (Internet Protocol) address. The IP is what your computer uses to find websites and other devices. Websites, smart phones, tablet...

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Apr 24, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

A nameserver is a computer server that performs a directory query, which links a human-readable, website URL with a computer-system identification IP address (read more on nameservers here). If you register a URL with one hosting service  and decid...

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Jul 21, 2014

James Ryven Valeii

You can make a child theme by creating a directory called [your theme]-child-theme. Inside of that directory, create style.css and paste in code that looks like this: The only very important thing during this process is to ensure that you have case s...

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Jan 20, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

Recently, one of my clients had one of her WordPress posts vanish. It’s a big deal to find your recently published content gone – especially when it’s being shared widely in social forums. Worst of all, she could not see that all of...

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Jan 8, 2013

James Ryven Valeii

Moving Wordpress blog database and files automatically is a breeze with the Duplicator Plugin. Read how the Duplicator plugin works.

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