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  • Jay Versluis 3:15 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink  
    Categories: Snapshot Backup Devlog ( 8 )   

    How to restore your Snapsnot via FTP 

    Let me talk you through the steps necessary to restore a WordPress Site if you’re backed it up with Snapshot Backup. In principle there are four options you have:

    1. Restore via FTP (available to everyone, however it’s a long and tedious process)
    2. Restore via SSH (requires root access to your server, works much faster but not everyone has root access)
    3. Restore using Snapshot Restore (doesn’t exist yet… but I’m working on it)
    4. Ask me to restore a Snapshot for you (small fee involved for my time)

    In this article I’ll describe Option 1: Restoring a Snapshot via FTP.

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    • Kevin 10:49 pm on January 7, 2012 Permalink

      FTP upload works as described. It would be a nice plug-in feature/option to use a non-standard TCP port for FTP.
      Keep up the good work, and thank you for this plugin. I am just testing it now and if it does everything I need, I’ll be glad to make a donation.

      • Jay Versluis 12:35 am on January 8, 2012 Permalink

        Thanks Kevin, really glad to hear it’s working for you. Custom FTP ports is on my list of things to do and will be available in a future update.

        I’ll keep you posted πŸ˜‰

    • Alex 6:49 pm on January 26, 2012 Permalink


      A question for you. The backups are working fine. But I just checked the tar file and there is NO .sql file in the wp-content/uploads folder.

      Am I doing something wrong??

      please advise


      • Jay Versluis 9:27 pm on January 26, 2012 Permalink

        Hi Alex,

        the SQL file is deleted once the TAR file is written – could you have a look and see if the .SQL file is present inside the .TAR file?

    • Alex 9:52 pm on January 26, 2012 Permalink

      Well, that is what i am doing
      I downloaded the tar file from the ftp and unrared the files on my pc into a folder
      There I could not find it in the wp-content/upload folder.

      • Jay Versluis 3:14 pm on January 27, 2012 Permalink

        That’s not good! Who are you hosting with? Sometimes hosts don’t let you use shell commands (such as mysqldump – which is what I’m using to extract the database). On my list of things to do is implementing better checks at each stage. Now it’s funding the time to do it.

        Sorry it’s not working out for you – have a look at VaultPress, or as a free alternative WP-DB-Backup by Austin Matzko. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-db-backup/

    • Jack Cahn 1:13 pm on April 28, 2012 Permalink

      where do I find “Restore via SSH”

    • GeePee 5:57 pm on April 28, 2012 Permalink

      I’ve been trying to restore the backup and have uploaded all the files.
      But you say i have to delete all the wp’s in the database of admin?
      Are you sure?
      If not what should i do?
      Urgent please.
      I believe this is a very difficult way to backup and restore!
      Thanks for you fast respons

      • Jay Versluis 7:17 pm on April 28, 2012 Permalink

        Hi GeePee,

        You don’t have to delete anything in your existing database, you can just setup a new one and import the .sql file into that.

        Once you unTAR the snapshot the .sql file is located in wp-content/uploads

    • GeePee 6:01 pm on April 28, 2012 Permalink

      and where do i get the .sql file to upload in admin php??
      I can brows on the pc but the file is online!!

  • Jay Versluis 6:45 pm on April 8, 2011 Permalink  
    Categories: Snapshot Backup Devlog ( 8 )   

    Snapshot Backup – Version 1.5 Release Notes 

    Here’s a maintenance release of Snapshot which fixes a handful of issues many of you have experienced over the last month. Let me share with you what I’ve done to make Snapshot even better. It’s all about compatibility.

    Thank you all forover 4000 downloads at the time of writing!

    ο»ΏSpecial thanks go to Ozh, Justin and Brad and their new book Professional WordPress Plugin Development which is helping me enormously in getting a grip on WordPress constants and functions.

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  • Jay Versluis 9:05 am on April 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply  
    Categories: Themes ( 28 )   

    How to style the BuddyPress Default Theme 

    Ray and I have been working on Livestatus, a status report system for television broadcasters. We decided that BuddyPress would be a superb platform to use for this and went with it.

    There aren’t many Themes available for BuddyPress so we went with the default theme which I think works best. However there’s still a lot of clutter we didn’t need so I made some quick amendmends.

    Here are my notes if you’d like to have a go.

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    • FC Barcelona 7:51 pm on June 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hi thanks for sharing the tips, I am looking to change the menu items in buddypress, if you want a suggestion for a new topic πŸ™‚

      • Jay Versluis 5:34 pm on June 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I know what you mean,

        it should be as simple as adding a custom menu there – but I’m afraid it isn’t. The only (future-proof) way of changing those labels at the top is to translate BuddyPress via the method I described. The snag is that for example “Groups” isn’t just used in one single place. Every time a descriptive message mentiones something about groups, that’s where you need to replace it.

    • sandy 4:00 am on June 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      am using bp-nicey theme in that groups,forums,blogs,create an account are not working it shows page not found.Is there any need to change permalink settings and general settings.

      • Jay Versluis 1:08 pm on June 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Sandy,

        I think that’s a BuddyPress issue – the Permalink strucure with any BP theme needs to be something other than the WordPress default “ugly” structure. Under Settings – Permalinks try the second option from the bottom, that always works for me.

        Hope this helps πŸ˜‰

    • sandy 4:31 pm on July 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      thanks for ur response

    • zahid 9:36 pm on May 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      In which css file i should add this. i can not find #login-text in any of my css files. but i can see this id on slidebar.php.

      /* remove login form */
      #login-text {display: none;}
      #sidebar-login-form {display: none;}

      /* remove yellow members box from sidebar */
      .item-meta .activity {display: none;}

      • Jay Versluis 2:20 pm on May 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Put it at the bottom of your style.css file, the one that comes with the theme or your child theme.

    • Zebra 1:33 am on April 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Lets say I wanted to have the forum post title change to a different color when someone new comments on a forum post the user has clicked on previously, upon their return to view activity?

      Is there a way to insert a “New Comments” number in the topic activity displaying the number of new comments since the users last visit?


    • charliepryke 4:09 am on November 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      When I change the name “Groups” to “teams” the slug remains the same, can we change this ?

      • Jay Versluis 12:02 pm on November 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Pass I’m afraid – it’s been a while since I’ve looked into BuddyPress. Sorry πŸ™

    • Laz 10:09 am on September 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Great tutorial, very helpful thank you! Is there a way to increase the size of the font for comments in activity stream?

      • Jay Versluis 6:31 pm on September 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Laz,

        looks like the powers that be have retired the BuddyPress Default Theme as of version 1.9 in early 2014, according to this article: http://bpdevel.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/the-future-of-the-bp-default-theme/

        Since I no longer have access to the default theme, I’m afraid I can’t help you. Sorry!

        The best I can suggest is to inspect the element in question using the development tools in either Safari, Firefox of Chrome. This will show you what the class or ID is called so you can style the element yourself.

        Good luck!

  • Jay Versluis 11:44 am on April 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Categories: Screencast ( 87 ), WordPress ( 145 )   

    How to post code when you leave a comment 

    Sometimes you want to leave a comment and post code to demonstrate what is or isn’t working. For security though, pure HTML and PHP is filtered out – otherwise evildoers could post malicious code wherever they can.

    In this screencast I will show you how to post code in comments so it can be displayed but not executed. This is meant to be for WordPress, but may well work with any system that let’s you post as a user.


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