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  • Jay Versluis 12:43 pm on March 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Adding Links to your Website 

    In this podcast I will show you how to add links to your sidebar.

    WordPress has a very convenient Links Manager in the backend. You can use it to either display and share your links, or if you want to remember a link for later just pop it in and it’ll be stored in a convenient and save place.

  • Jay Versluis 1:58 pm on March 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply  
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    Jetpack: the new WordPress.com Stats Plugin 

    If you’re running the WordPress.com Stats Plugin on several sites (like me) then you may have noticed that it stopped working recently. This is a known issue and it’s being resolved soon.

    If you can’t live without your stats in the meantime then read on. Help is at hand in the form of a brand new plugin by the wonderful folks at WordPress: it’s called Jetpack and spices up your self hosted WordPress site with a number of additions – including a new version of WordPress Stats.

    Upon installation it will automatically remove the old stats plugin and give you a new tab underneath Dashboard which now includes a link to your full stats. Jetpack however does a whole lot more:

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  • Jay Versluis 3:18 pm on March 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    How to add new Themes to your website 

    Let’s take a look at how to add new layout designs (Themes) to your website and how to activate them. You’ll love this feature about WordPress: your content stays the same while the look and feel of your site changes completely. Webdesign was never easier – from a creative mind’s point of view that is (it’s still a tough task to build good themes that you can use at the touch of a button though).

    Every Theme provides its own options in the back end, which is why I’m exploring some in more detail in my Theme Workshops section.

    There are countless free and Premium Themes out there – the dialogue I’m showing here pulls in free Themes from WordPress.org but you’ll soon find many others if you search for “wordpress themes” in your favourite search engine.

    Most of those will come as a .ZIP file which you can install on your site via Appearance – Themes – Install Themes – Upload.

    Have fun 😉


  • Jay Versluis 2:14 pm on March 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    How to style your website with Twenty-Ten 

    In this workshop I will introduce you to the styling options of the Twenty-Ten default theme. This is a great starting point to get a feel for what you can do with your new site.

    Twenty-Ten is ideal because it allows you to use Custom Menus, a Custom Header and a Custom Background. Not ever theme allows you to change all these options as you will soon discover. Typographically it looks great too so I recommend you stick with it for a while.

    Enjoy Twenty-Ten responsibly 😉

  • Jay Versluis 8:11 pm on March 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Adding Widgets to your Sidebar 

    In this screencast I will explain how you can populate your sidebar with useful widgets. WordPress has plenty of them built-in and it is really easy to add them to your site.

    Many websites offer badges for their services, and I will explain how you can embed them into your own site using the Text widget.


  • Jay Versluis 11:37 am on March 4, 2011 Permalink  
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    Snapshot Backup goes 2.0 

    I seriously hadn’t expected over 1000 downloads in only 9 days of releasing Snapshot Backup. Thank you to every Presser out there giving it a chance – I truly appreciate it 😉

    This success puts the pressure on me to get things right and make things better – and this is a heads up that I’m working on just that. Let me give you a rundown of the features that will (hopefully) make the next release:

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    • John 3:28 pm on March 23, 2011 Permalink

      Patiently waiting!

    • zupa 5:11 pm on April 1, 2011 Permalink

      i use ur plugin.. and right now im trying to restore it..

      but when i upload mysql file into phpmyadmin it says error ;


      SQL query:

      DROP TABLE wp_commentmeta;

      MySQL said: Documentation
      #1051 – Unknown table ‘wp_commentmeta’

      can u help me?

    • Jay Versluis 9:11 am on April 2, 2011 Permalink

      That’s not good… What use is a backup when you can’t restore it? Let me do some digging and I’ll get back to you. Have you got root access to your server? You can always try the restore with mysql from the command line.

    • kara 2:33 pm on July 14, 2011 Permalink

      Hi Jay,

      I just downloaded v2.0 of snapshot backup, and have run into a few problems. 🙂

      There seems to be a lot of references to files in the ‘includes’ folder that do not exist, such as ‘includes/snapshot-functions.php’ and ‘includes/automation.php’. I couldn’t find these files in the download of the plugin. Any idea where they might be. 🙂

      BTW: very excited about the automatic backup feature. This will save us a lot of time.

      • Jay Versluis 3:31 pm on July 14, 2011 Permalink

        Hi Kara,

        That sucks indeed… Subversion just didn’t upload those files 🙁

        I’m out at the Coventry Garden Mac Store just now checking out the Mac Book Air – I’ll get this fixed as soon as I get back home. In the meantime, have a look at my post for the Release Candidate here: https://wpguru.co.uk/2011/07/snapshot-backup-2-0-rc1-ready-for-testing/

        There’s a direct downlink from this site which is identical to the one on the WordPress Repo. Let me know if that works – and thanks for letting me know.

    • Bruce Piper 2:34 am on July 16, 2011 Permalink

      Hi Jay
      Loving Snapshot backup. Have it working nicely on one of my sites but on another one it appears to be timing out during the backup (this site currently has about 15000 posts on it).
      If I click on the ‘create new backup’ button it goes away and looks like it’s doing something, but eventually comes up with an Internal Server Error message.
      The server doesn’t actually crash, and if I then go back to the snapshot backup page it shows the ‘latest snapshot’ has a size of 0KB.

      It works fine on a site with less posts.
      Any ideas?
      cheers Bruce

      • Jay Versluis 7:26 am on July 16, 2011 Permalink

        Thanks Bruce, glad you like it.

        Looks like the plugin is timing out on your larger site. You can try the following: open the file snapshot-backup/includes/snapshot-functions.php, there’s an option to set the time limit in seconds on how long PHP waits until it times out. The default is 300 (that’s 5 minutes), try setting this to a higher value. Let me know if this works.

        • Bruce Piper 7:34 am on July 16, 2011 Permalink

          Hi Jay
          No good, same problem. Increased it to 900 but it’s timing out much faster than even the 5 minutes on your default settings. It’s like a browser timeout is happening – at about 45 seconds?
          cheers Bruce

          • Jay Versluis 7:36 am on July 16, 2011 Permalink

            Does it work with automation? Try one every hour and see if the system sends you a friendly email.

          • Bruce Piper 7:53 am on July 18, 2011 Permalink

            Hi Jay
            No it doesn’t work with automation either. I’ve looked into it a little further – it does work if I turn off the FTP settings i.e. only do a local backup. So I suspect it’s timing out on the FTP transfer. The backup file is about 1GB. Can you point me in the right direction to lengthen the timeout?
            cheers Bruce

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