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  • Jay Versluis 12:54 pm on August 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply  
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    WordPress Screencast, Part 5: Images 

    In this video I’ll show you how image uploads work in WordPress, and how to embed images into your posts and pages. We’ll also discuss Featured Images, the relation between the “image embed code” and the actual image sizes on the server.

    The full course is aimed at beginners and medium casuals alike. Whether you’ve been away from WordPress for a while, or if you’re a complete newbie, this is a very un-intimidating “getting started” guide.

    I’ll release one episode every week on my iTunes Podcast Feed, or you can watch the full course on one convenient YouTube Playlist.

    Enjoy!





     
  • Jay Versluis 12:53 pm on August 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply  
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    WordPress Screencast, Part 4: Widgets and Sidebars 

    In this video I’ll show you how to use widgets. They usually materialise in a sidebar, but some themes have widgetized areas elsewhere, such as the bottom or the top. I will also show you how to remove unwanted widgets.

    The full course is aimed at beginners and medium casuals alike. Whether you’ve been away from WordPress for a while, or if you’re a complete newbie, this is a very un-intimidating “getting started” guide.

    I’ll release one episode every week on my iTunes Podcast Feed, or you can watch the full course on one convenient YouTube Playlist.

    Enjoy!





     
  • Jay Versluis 12:48 pm on August 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply  
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    WordPress Screencast, Part 3: Custom Menus 

    In this video I will show you how to use custom menus in WordPress. It depends on the theme if and where menus show up, but the principle of adding items to a menu and how to order them are the same no matter which theme you use.

    The full course is aimed at beginners and medium casuals alike. Whether you’ve been away from WordPress for a while, or if you’re a complete newbie, this is a very un-intimidating “getting started” guide.

    I’ll release one episode every week on my iTunes Podcast Feed, or you can watch the full course on one convenient YouTube Playlist.

    Enjoy!





     
  • Jay Versluis 12:46 pm on August 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply  
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    WordPress Screencast, Part 2: Writing Posts and Pages 

    In this video I’ll show you how to create posts and pages, and what the differences between them is. We’ll also discuss formatting and briefly how to use the HTML editor.

    The full course is aimed at beginners and medium casuals alike. Whether you’ve been away from WordPress for a while, or if you’re a complete newbie, this is a very un-intimidating “getting started” guide.

    I’ll release one episode every week on my iTunes Podcast Feed, or you can watch the full course on one convenient YouTube Playlist.

    Enjoy!





     
  • Jay Versluis 12:42 pm on July 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply  
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    WordPress Screencast, Part 1: Themes 

    In this video I’ll show what themes are and how to use them in WordPress (downloading, installing, activating and deleting). I’ll also show you how to preview themes before putting them live.

    Themes are what WordPress uses to style the look and feel of the front page. Depending on what theme you use, options in the back end may vary because some themes provide additional functionality (much like plugins). In this course I’m using TwentyThirteen.

     

    The full course is aimed at beginners and medium casuals alike. Whether you’ve been away from WordPress for a while, or if you’re a complete newbie, this is a very un-intimidating “getting started” guide.

    I’ll release one episode every week on my iTunes Podcast Feed, or you can watch the full course on one convenient YouTube Playlist.

    Enjoy!





     
  • Jay Versluis 9:39 am on July 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply  
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    WordPress Screencast, Part 0: Introduction and Workflow 

    I thought it’s about time that I update my old WordPress course, and here’s the first instalment. I’ll talk you through WordPress 4.2. This part focusses on general workflow, how to log in, how WordPress works and how to use the integrated help system. I will also cover software updates for WordPress, Themes and Plugins.

    The full course is aimed at beginners and medium casuals alike. Whether you’ve been away from WordPress for a while, or if you’re a complete newbie, this is a very un-intimidating “getting started” guide.

    I’ll release one episode every week on my iTunes Podcast Feed, or you can watch the full course on one convenient YouTube Playlist.

    Enjoy!





     
  • Jay Versluis 9:47 am on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Categories: Plesk, Screencast, Windows ( 66 )

    How to setup Plesk Mail in Mozilla Thunderbird for Windows 

    In this video I’ll show you how to setup Plesk Mail in Thunderbird for Windows. Unlike most email clients, Thunderbird can figure out the correct settings by itself – something neither Outlook nor Mac Mail can do. Therefore, the real magic with Thunderbird is figuring out how to get to the account settings.

    To do so, click the three little lines next to the search box. It will bring up a fly-out menu. Under Options – Account Settings, setup a new account or change the settings for an existing one.

    TB-Demo

    Thunderbird is clever usually enough to detect the settings it needs to connect to the Plesk server. In case it fails, use the following:

    • STARTTLS as encryption
    • Authentication: use encrypted password
    • your full email address as user name (such as you@domain.com)
    • Port 143
    • Outgoing Mail Server: Port 587
    • Incoming Mail Server: Port 143 OR 993

    Good luck!





     
  • Jay Versluis 6:21 pm on April 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    How to setup Plesk Mail in Microsoft Outlook for Windows 

    In this video I’ll show you how to setup Plesk Mail in Microsoft Outlook on Windows. It’s often a big stumbling block for users. The instructions will also work for Microsoft Essentials, the predecessor of Outlook Express. I’m using Outlook 2010 here, but the instructions are also applicable to later versions.

    The two important windows are under Account Settings, there’s a window with six tabs. One of which is labelled Outgoing Server and the other one is called Advanced:

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    Make sure Outlook is set to use TLS for both incoming and outgoing connections. The Root Folder Path needs to be set to INBOX (in all capitals).

    Good luck 😉





     
    • Olivier Bourhis 4:04 am on May 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      To the WPGURU after several trials: while true; do kill $(ps -ef | grep -i SyncServices | grep -v grep | awk ‘{print $2} ‘); finally worked! It is done. I made it. This so cool. Apple care killed one MacBook (I have 2: #2 and #7) pro in my time machine while they were trying to do this. They are just @pple civil servants.
      I have one identity to get back from my time machine. WPGURU should you come to Paris be my guest and tell me how I can help you. YOU ARE MOR THAN A GURU!

    • Jay Versluis 8:43 am on May 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Olivier, thank you for the invitation and your very kind words! I’m so glad you could finally update Office on your Macs :-)

      All the best!

  • Jay Versluis 8:24 am on October 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    How to create Scheduled Tasks in Plesk 

    In this video I’ll show you how to create Scheulded Tasks in Plesk. I’ll explain where to find them (for admins and customers), how to execute them and what all those cryptic fields mean. I’ll also show you how to mute the output of the commands you execute so you won’t be bothered with emails you didn’t ask for.

    Scheduled Task is another name for Cron Job, and it’s something you want to run on a regular basis, like a script file. Plesk itself does not execute your task. Instead it will give you a nice interface to add the parameters you need for the Linux crontab command (or the equivalent on Windows, I believe it’s called at or schtasks).

     

    Cryptic Numbers

    The cryptic numbers in each field are crontab parameters. Numbers for those fields correspond to their description (i.e. 0-59 for minutes, 0-23 for hours, etc).

    One thing of note (and confusion) is how to define endless repetitions. We can do this with the asterisk and slash combinations.

    • * means “every”, as in “every minute”, “every hour”, “every day”
    • */4 means “every 4”, as in “every 4 hours”
    • 5-11 means “every number in between”, such as 5,6,7,8,9,10,11

    To find out more about the crontab command, head over to a great nixCraft article here:

     

    Muting Output

    By default Plesk will send you an email with any output a script or command may generate. You can avoid this by diverting all output to /dev/null. This is a virtual partition that magically makes things disappear.

    In the video I’m using a fictitious script /var/script.php. To divert its potential output I would use

    /var/script.php > /dev/null 2>&1

     

    A note about Script Files

    If you’re executing BASH, PHP, Python or any other script, make sure your files contain the she-bang at the very beginning to that your server can find the correct path. Here’s an example for how a PHP script should start:

    #!/usr/bin/php

    Note that web files that are designed to run in a browser cannot be called that way. You need to call those using cURL or wget.

     

     





     
  • Jay Versluis 8:56 am on October 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply  
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    How to add Custom Buttons in Plesk 12 

    In this screencast I’ll show you how to create Custom Buttons in the Customer Control Panel in Plesk 12. These are direct links to URLs you can provide with the same look and feel as the rest of Plesk.

    Custom Buttons allow you to create links within Plesk or to external sources, like your website or a contact form. If you’re a developer you can even read out parameters that are passed with the URL (such as customer’s domain name). You can link to external sources as well as other areas of the Plesk Panel – including destinations you’ve created with extensions.

     





     
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