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  • Jay Versluis 10:01 am on April 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply  
    Categories: Announcements, Linux ( 101 )   

    LAMP Stack for Humans – now available on Amazon 

    Lampstack-SoftcoverMy book LAMP Stack for Humans is now available on Amazon, as paperback and for Kindle Devices!

    In this 284 page guide I’ll walk you through the process of turning an old laptop into an always-on server. You can use it to run web applications in the comfort of your own home or office – no “cloud” required.

    Together we will configure the entire server: you will learn how to install CentOS, Apache, PHP and MySQL (or MariaDB) and WordPress. I will show you how you can reach your server from other computers on the network and how to create regular backups.

    Perfect for the Linux newbie and those who want to get started with web applications without spending money “in the cloud” (in my opinion THE WORST expression for describing remote computers).

    If you’re an avid reader of this site and have always wished that some instructions would be presented in a more cohesive form rather than in snippets, then LAMP Stack for Humans is perfect for you.

    Grab your free sample today, or read the entire book for free via Kindle Unlimited!

    • Falkon 2:28 am on October 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Jay
      I have a question regarding WP adding a Landing page for an existing site, meaning to add a new page which only displays a big logo in the start and be able to make that logo a roleover logo, and then the click would navigate a user to the main ( index page) if you will. i am new to WP and PHP wise I am still learning so I would not know how to add an extra page as the index page and the first index page turns say into a home.html. How would you do that? I trying to learn PHP and WP to what I work with in HTML & CSS and front end designs.
      Beforehand allow me to thank you for you time, help and assistance,

      Best Regards

      • Jay Versluis 2:55 pm on October 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Falkon, that’s a VERY off-topic question for this post…

        WordPress does have a way to display a static page as front page, instead of the default blog posts. You can change it like this:

        • for the blog, create a new page with a title (no content is necessary)
        • head over to Settings – Reading
        • under Front Page Displays, select your pages
        • hit Save and refresh the front page

        As for the roll-over image: insert an image into your static front page, then link that image to wherever you want (you can do that with Add Media from the page creation dialogue).

        Hope this helps!

  • Jay Versluis 12:57 pm on November 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply  
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  • Jay Versluis 12:56 pm on February 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Categories: Announcements   

    Say hello to The WP Guru Podcast 


    This week I finally had a chance to prepare The WP Guru Podcast for you!

    Get all my past, present and future screencasts delivered for free and automatically.

    I’ve been planning this for years, and even though relatively simple to setup it took a bit of organisational efforts behind the scenes to make it happen. What this means is that when I record a screencast, you can now receive it via your favourite Podcast Catcher (such as iTunes).

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  • Jay Versluis 10:30 pm on January 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply  
    Categories: Announcements, WordPress ( 145 )   

    Calling all Forum Beta Testers 

    Great News: I’ve been meaning to add a general WordPress forum to this site for a while, but none of the options seemed to work well for what I wanted to do.

    All I needed was a simple discussion forum, integrated into WordPress – I really didn’t want to mess around with phpBB or the likes. bbPress is in a constant state of beta and gives me a headache every time I want to make it work, SimplePress is ugly and basically all of the above are overcomplicated.

    Enter – an embeddable forum solution that promises to give me a forum with only one line of code, or alternatively as a WordPress Plugin! It’s not live on this site – let’s test it out!

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    • Jay Versluis 8:51 pm on January 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like I found something that isn’t as smooth as it could be:

      Even though I love the fact that it’s really easy to sign in with so many options, you could end up with multiple profiles while doing so. Say the first time you want to login you do so using Facebook, but when you come back you sign in with Twitter. now sees you as a separate user – and creates a new profile for you. Yikes!

      In order to avoid that make sure you REMEMBER your favourite signup option and always use that. Any other issues, please let me know in the Forum Issues section at

    • Jay Versluis 5:31 am on March 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks to everyone who’s been providing feedback over the last couple of months. I’m afraid the forum doesn’t work very well for me, so I’ve decided to close it down.

      I like the open concept that everyone can ask a question which is not related to any of my articles, but I don’t like the way it’s executed by For example, I never get to find out if there’s a new post – which sucks. There are many other points that don’t quite do it for me.

      I’m not sure what I’ll replace this forum with, sadly every solution I looked into didn’t cut the mustard. Maybe it’ll just be comments on posts like it used to be. is a nice idea, but really only a concept. They’re not developing this product anymore, or too slow – and for that reason, I’m out.

    • David 9:36 pm on April 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      too bad this doesn’t work well. But is it possible to embed the forum on a blog? or only in a

      Because I’m looking for something very simple like in this internet site here:
      That’s what I need, I don’t want to have an external forum. Is there a way to do it on a blog that you know?


      • Jay Versluis 9:54 pm on April 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Hi David, is such a wonderful idea, and it’s the simplicity that really attracted me. Everything works and you don’t have to worry about installing anything or tweaking your theme, really good.

        The only drawback for me is that if a new forum post is left by a user, I don’t get to find out about it unless I check manually. I get an email if there’s a comment on an existing post, but not on a new one.

        If you can live with that, go for it – if you want to put it into a blog then the standalone version is for you. It’s just one line of JavaScript code – sometimes this works on, sometimes it does not – they’re eager not to let you execute your own code for system security. It’s free to use, try it out and let me know if it works for you.

        For self-hosted installations, the plugin does it all for you: install the plugin and you’ve got a forum. It’s super easy.

        I’ve even read about a workaround for the new posts notifications: I believe they’re working on it, and in the meantime they reckon you can use an RSS feed reader to check your forum feed and let that send you notifications. I’ve not tired this though.

    • David 6:01 pm on April 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Jay,

      Sorry I didn’t answer before but I haven’t received any email notification , probably I haven’t checked the spam folder well.

      By the way, I haven’t created one yet because I’m not sure if it’s working on I’m not an expert, is it an iframe code? Usually in they allow only few external codes from the company they know and they want to. Not so many unfortunately. And there no way to use any external plugin.

      There was a link on about it but it’s broken and it seems there are not so many answers in the support forum as well. I have the feeling to open something that will be shut down soon, or with no help at all. Even the most of their examples are broken :S

      • Jay Versluis 6:28 pm on April 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I’m phasing it out too, it’s just not as mature as I’d like it to be. Sorry,!

    • Emma 1:08 pm on May 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I use WP Symposium for my community needs. It’s easy to set up and also allows members to have their own profile page. It does cost $39 a year but it’s being updated constantly and the developer takes on new ideas. Well worth looking into

    • Jose 7:03 am on October 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, I need a forum programmer that I can hire to do some tweaks. If anybody does, please email me.


  • Jay Versluis 6:17 pm on December 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply  
    Categories: Announcements   

    Say hello to WP Hosting 

    After well over a year I am very pleased to share with you our latest business venture:

    WP Hosting – the easiest way to get a self-hosted WordPress site.

    WP Hosting has been in the making for quite some time, and what better way to make its launch coincide with the release of WordPress 3.3. With it come some fundamental changes to the way we do things here – let me explain the details.

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  • Jay Versluis 6:34 pm on June 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply  
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    WordPress 3.0 is here – but should you upgrade today? 

    Fellow WordPressers,

    Looks like the big news just broke – WordPress 3.0 “Thelonious” is here (that’s named after Jazz pianist Thelonious Monk by the way). You may have seen an upgrade notice in your dashboard already that urges you to upgrade.

    Which is why I thought I’d drop you a message:


    This is especially important to users of the WP Ecommerce Plugin, which IS NOT compatible with WordPress 3.0 (I’m thinking of Davey Lee from Western Straia here). Trust me, I’ve tried it on my Beta Site. It’s all tears and no joy from there.

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  • Jay Versluis 6:57 pm on May 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply  
    Categories: Announcements   

    Testing Testing… this thing on? 

    So this is a newsletter and I’ve added you to it because you’re one of my hosting clients. You’re in good company too, because you seem to be growing in numbers. Sweet!

    If there’s any news on the Guru Network, you’ll be the first to know – unless you’d rather I leave you alone, in which case feel free to unsubscribe from this list (see the bottom – no hard feelings).

    And speaking of news, there’s lots of it. (More …)

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