Category: Server Administration

How and Why to Make a BASH Alias

This Quick Guide covers a common question whose lingo may confuse newbies: how do I make a Bash shell alias? For those for whom that sentence was Greekā€”let start here: Bash is the “Bourne Again Shell.” (There’s not relationship to the Matt Damon movie character, for better or worse. ;p) In the world of “command line interfaces,” Bash has been the go-to standard for decades, and is still the most common “terminal” in use. In the “terminal” world, Bash aliases solve a common problem: wanting to do things quicker and more effectively. So we’ll quickly and effectively walk you through how to make BASH aliases.


How to Connect UpdraftPlus to Dropbox

WordPress sites have lots of good backup options. But if you’re looking to save money on file-storage (and you already have a Dropbox account) I can’t recommend UpdraftPlus much more highly. It is quick-to-configure and very reliable as a place to keep a backup of your WordPress site. In this Quick Guide we’ll cover the steps to connect UpdraftPlus to Dropbox. Let’s get to it!




Change Database Values with Better Search Replace in the WordPress DB

Most people in WordPress know that there exists a “database” somewhere in the whole system. And they might also know that there are times you’ll need to do a little “search and replace” within that database. This is useful if you’re looking to change a string you’ve used across a whole array of posts, of if you’ve just moved your site to a new URL. While the full details of the second case—migrating a WordPress site to a new URL—are well beyond the scope of this Quick Guide, we’ll cover a plugin that can be really useful if you’re doing that too: Better Search Replace.






How to Migrate a WordPress Site Without Crying

WordPress site migration

A major advantage of WordPress over other website solutions is that you can migrate a WordPress site. Unlike solutions such as Squarespace and Wix, WordPress sites can be freely migrated from one hosting environment to another, without your ever being locked into a specific provider.