Why You Should Choose WordPress For Your Next Project

There are many reasons why your should choose WordPress for your next web project. One of the first reason is that its free. Its both free as in free beers, and its open source. You can go to wordpress.org and download the source code and install it on your own web server, or you can go to wordpress.com and sign up for a free account on a shared web server. The .com-version does not have all the features as if you have your own installation. But if you install it yourself on your own web server, you can install what ever theme or plugin you like. That is not something you should do, without knowing that there aren’t any security holes in the plugin’s (or theme’s) code first.

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Moving WordPress install to a different directory

(This is the first post in a serie of posts about WordPress that I’m working on.)

I guess that you all can install WordPress. WordPress is quite known for its “5-minute-install”, and almost every web hosting provider usually have a “Click one button to install WP”-option. Maybe I will write a short post about installing WordPress on your server later.

But how should you do if you want to move your installed WordPress to a new directory. Maybe you don’t want to have a cluttered root directory on your server. You can have many reasons to have WP installed in a directory other than the root directory, both for security reasons and to unclutter your directory tree.

Let’s say that you want have your URL, for example http://mydomain.com to reach your website, but you want to have WordPressed installed in a subdirectory, like http://mydomain.com/wpsystem/. Your visitors will see it like your WordPress is installed in the root directory, but you have to go to http://mydomain.com/wpsystem/wp_admin/ to log in to the admin dashboard.

For simplicity we will say that you already has installed WP in the root directory and want to move it to the /wpsystem directory. The first thing you should do is to log in to your admin dashboard, and go to Settings -> Permalinks. There you can set up the system to use the kind of links you want to use for your site, like “Post Name”, which gives http://mydomain.com/post-name/ as link structures.

After that you go to Settings ->General Settings, and change the WordPress Address (URL) to http://mydomain.com/wpsystem, and the Site Address (URL) to http://mydomain.com.

The WordPress Address should point to where you will have your WordPress system installed, and Site Address should point to the web address where your visitors will go to visit your website.

WordPress Site settings

Remember to click on the “Save Changes”-button to update the system and publish your new settings.

After that you can use a regular FTP program to move all files to the new directory, except for the index.php and .htaccess files. This two files should remain in the root directory.

When the files have been moved, you open the index.php file in your editor and look for this code:

require ( dirname( __FILE__ ) . ‘/wp-blog-header.php’ );

and replace it with this code instead:

require ( dirname( __FILE__ ) . ‘/wpsystem/wp-blog-header.php’);

After doing that you might have to log in to the Admin Dashboard (now at http://mydomain.com/wpsystem/wp-admin/) to update the permalink settings again, and after that you’re done.

 

I want Live Writer on the Mac

I have a few blogs out on the internet. For all of them, I use WordPress, because that is the best platform for blogging today.

My problem is that I don’t like writing blog posts in the WordPress Admin interface. When I was using Windows on my computers, I used Live Writer. I really liked that program. Now, on the Mac OSX, I’m using ScribeFire directly in the Chrome webbrowser or the application PixelPumper. But I’m not really satisfied with them. I want something more like Live Writer on the Mac, but I haven’t found that yet.

If you have any suggestions, please make a comment here about it.

A successful test on boosting traffic

When you are blogging for profit, its a very good idea to plan your posts depending on what’s is happening in the near future. As you can see on the picture below, I did just that when Apple were releasing the new version of OS X. As you can see the traffic on my blog were just skyrocketing the day after the release.

Both you and me know that many web developers use Mac’s as their primary development machines, and I have been using the Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) for a few months now, as I have had the possibility to use the Developer Preview of the new version. I had noticed that there was a problem with using MAMP on the Yosemite, so I wrote a small blog post about how to make MAMP work in Yosemite. And as I had suspected, people were searching for that fix the days after the release.

I didn’t do any work to monetize that particular blog post, but we clearly see the possibilities to do that here. Now I have seen that it works, and if I see the possibility again, maybe I will try out the different monitizing possibilities.

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