Category: Server Administration

How and Why to Make a Bash Alias

One of the most obviously annoying things about the terminal — especially to those of us living in the age of touch and GUIs — is how much you need to type. Typing `ssh user@1.1.1.1` is never going to feel as fast as hitting a “connect” button, for example. As such, some people just never really like the terminal. While it’s hardly a solution to all your complaints, BASH (and most other Unix terminals) offer a solution to the issue of typing long commands. They’re called “aliases”. They’re essentially shortcuts to commonly typed things that can be as short as one letter. In the case of that’s video that’s exactly what we’ve done. We aliased (the already pretty short :p) command `clear` to be executable with the letter `c`. Here’s the video:



Understanding 301 Redirects in WordPress (Or: How to Not Ruin Your Client’s SEO)

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I find working as a WordPress developer to be relatively low-stress. Giving people a good web presence is both a huge service, and something that doesn’t lead to massive tragedy if you’re not perfect at it right away. It’s not like being a fireman or a fighter pilot, for example.


How to Reboot a Server Over SSH

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There are two big things that matter for programmers: knowing what needs to be done, and doing it. So when a server that you SSH into tells you that it wants to be restarted, it’s nice to just do that quick SSH reboot. So long as you trust that nothing will break (a small but import thing) the process of power cycling a server you only have access to over SSH isn’t too many steps.


The What, How and Why of WP-CLI: WordPress in Your Terminal

If you’ve been to a WordCamp or two, chances are good that you’ve heard of the existence of a thing called “WP CLI.” Maybe that’s all you know. Maybe you’ve used it. Maybe you have a sinking feeling of guilt when you hear that name because you feel like you should have used it by now. Whatever the case, this article will tell you what WP-CLI is, how you get it, and why you might want to.



Mastering the Unix Terminal: Working With Permissions, Networking, and Other Key Concepts

Last time we covered Unix commands, we talked about how you can move around the filesystem from the command line. These ideas are crucial; if you don’t understand the basics of navigating files and folders from the terminal, there’s not a lot you can do on the command line. If you’ve not mastered that, start with this on file-manipulation from the command line.



The Basics of Manipulating Files from the Command Line

This week’s quick guide is a further practical exploration of the filesystem navigation of our most recent episode. In this one, our goal is instead the crude creation and manipulations of files within that filesystem. We cover a lot of stuff, but seeing someone doing this stuff with your own eyes if often the best way to really get a handle on it. The video:


10-ish Unix CLI File Commands Every WordPress Developer Should Know

Two weeks ago, we published a conceptual primer on the command line for WordPress developers who’ve never used it and never thought of using it. That article didn’t really touch on any of the nitty-gritty of using the command line, though. And the heart of deftly using the command line is really down to having sufficient knowledge of a bunch of different commands that you can use.