Category: Server Administration
Is There Free Web Hosting for WordPress?
Free web hosting for WordPress—it’s an appealing idea, regardless if you want a site for personal expression, a business, or something else. Who wouldn’t want free WordPress hosting? WordPress hosting is one of the most expensive things about having a WordPress site, and getting hosting for less is an understandable and admirable plan to save money.
How to Use UpdraftPlus to Do a Free WordPress Backup
Backing up any data you care about is a super-important procedure. You just never know when your hard drive (or SSD) will suddenly stop working, either from normal failure or from a freak accident. And while you should trust that your web host has your back on data backups for your website, a second line of defense is always a good idea. That’s where UpdraftPlus comes it—it provides a relatively easy and totally free WordPress backup.
How to Find and Remove Large Files on cPanel Hosting
Most web hosts limit the amount of storage they’ll allow an individual hosting account. When you begin to run into these hosting disk space limits, your best bet is to find and remove large files from your hosting account that you’re no longer using. This week’s video tutorial explains how to find and remove large files from a cPanel hosting account. We focus specifically on the cPanel software suite because it’s an extremely common choice of hosting interface, especially for shared hosts.
WordPress.com Business Hosting Review — It’s Good
A few months back, we were asked what we thought about WordPress.com’s Business Plan. It now allows people to bring their own plugins and themes, so it’s newly relevant to us and our readers, they said. They were right.
Speed-Up WordPress: How I Optimized Site Performance on WPShout
Here’s what I learned about making our site even faster.
How to Migrate a WordPress Site with WP-CLI and rsync
There are lots of ways to migrate a WordPress site. Lots of plugins can do it. You can do it over simple (S)FTP. But the quickest way I know of is via rsync and WP-CLI. But that does come with an important proviso: you need to have access to a shell (via a simple local terminal or SSH) to both ends of the migration. And that’s often harder to do than the plugin or SFTP route. But if you’ve got that, this way is a great deal faster.
Local WordPress Development: A Rundown of the Options
One of the first and easiest “tests” that distinguishes established WordPress developers from those who are still getting into it is whether or not they’re using a remote server for development. You can build lots of WordPress sites before you need to have an alternate, personal place to experiment with theme and plugin code. But eventually everyone tries local development, and then they rarely go back to remote-only.
Deactivate a WordPress Plugin via FTP
The conventional method of turning off and on plugins in WordPress works 99.9% of the time. But sometimes, when you’re doing development work in a fast way (possibly “cowboy coding” in a sloppy way… :p), you’ll need to make plugin stop being loaded by WordPress in a different way. For that very small percentage case, it’s useful to know how to disable a plugin when you aren’t able to login to the admin area of a WordPress site. That’s where the (S)FTP hack we’ll cover today comes in.
Course: Working with the Command Line and WP-CLI
When we think about “using a computer,” we usually think in terms of graphical user interfaces, or GUIs: interfaces (like Microsoft Word, the Mac OS, or the WordPress admin interface) that are specially and attractively designed, that have programs and windows and tabs that visibly open and close, and that let you click things and drag things and drop things and hover things.
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 email@example.com` 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: