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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!

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Say hello to The WP Guru Podcast

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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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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 Tal.ki – 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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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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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:

DON’T UPGRADE UNTIL YOU READ THIS 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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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. Continue reading Testing Testing… this thing on?