How to install WordPress on your purchased hosting plan

I just helped a friend with this and thought I’d write a quick how-to because its super easy once you know what you’re looking for. First, some basics…


WordPress is software. Open source content management software that allows you to use any browser to write and publish content. Your content is stored in a database, in tables kinda like a spreadsheet. WordPress talks to the database every time anyone presses a button (to show a post, search, display a gallery). Continue reading

Noisetrade is Awesome

NoiseTrade helps artists build their fan email lists by giving away free music in exchange for email addresses and postal codes.

We get free music and emails from artists that we like.  They have an exhausting collection of all kinds of music from Americana and Folk to Holiday samplers and live tour recordings.  Now they even have music videos on the artist pages.  When I get an itch for new tunes this is the first place I hit up (I also try the library).  I’ve found some great bands here that I’ve gone on to see live or buy albums from.

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Moving a WordPress Site Content to a New Installation

About a year and a half ago I started fresh with a new personal/professional website.  I installed WP on a subfolder called dev on my server.  I worked on the site and got it to a good place to launch.  I called my web host to get some help with that as I usually do.  There were some issues… I’ve done this before with other web hosts and the easiest way I’ve done is to go into the WP settings?General and change the URL of the site to wherever you’re going to move it, then on the server, move those files.  Some of your image links will be broken but there is a find & replace type plugin to repair that. Continue reading

How To Upgrade WordPress on an Older Website

A client for whom I built a site years and years ago contacted me recently (as they do every 4 to 6 months) and asked for some help with a link to a PDF and some formatting issues. I had been helping them with these little things for a while now without charging them because they were few and far between and not a big deal.  But this time I realized that they are pretty out of date on their WordPress version and that perhaps I should get them on a yearly retainer so that I can get paid for my time. Continue reading