Category: Server Administration
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.
Navigating the Filesystem from the Command Line
This week’s Quick Guide isn’t specifically about WordPress. Instead, it’s a very brief primer on getting comfortable with the command line by navigating the filesystem on my Mac. As this week’s article explaining the core things you need to understand about the command line highlighted, a Mac is a Unix-like system as is Linux. This means that the commands this Quick Guide highlights are equally appropriate for your WordPress server, which has about a 98% chance of being some Linux variant.
What is the Command Line? CLIs from First Principles
Eventually it happens to every new WordPress developer: someone blithely tells you to just “pop over to the command line” and suddenly you feel like a fraud. You shouldn’t–everyone is new once, and someone who won’t explain what they mean by that to you is a jerk–but you do. Most new developers hit that point, often at a local meetup or WordCamp. This is a tutorial for anyone who’s currently stuck there. And for people who are no longer stuck there, I’ll try to include enough details and anecdotes that you’ll learn a little something too.
How (and Why) To Enable Photon, the Free Jetpack Image CDN
Photon, which is a feature of the multi-talented Jetpack plugin from WordPress.com, is really easy to configure. We’ll assume you already have Jetpack installed. If you do, you can just watch the video and follow along – otherwise, continue reading and we’ll get into the basics of Jetpack Photon.
Using CDNs to Unlock a Big WordPress Speed Boost
Hey! I’m Alex Denning and seven years ago I founded WPShout. I passed the site to Fred and David when I started university, who have done wonderful work since. I’m now freelancing full time and producing a course for WordPress users to become WordPress masters. Today’s post is an excerpt from the course. Enjoy!
Changing WordPress Permalink Settings: Inconsistencies and Gotchas
Today’s article starts with a sad WordPress story, then explains why the sad story happened and what you can do to avoid it.
MySQL Basics: Writing Custom SELECT Statements in phpMyAdmin
Here’s probably the oddest analogy I’ll write this month: for many WordPress developers, MySQL is a bit like our spinal column.
Easier Site Migrations: Avoiding DNS Problems with the hosts File
Over this past month, I’ve needed to migrate quite a few WordPress sites from one host to another. I can say with confidence: it’s still not my favorite process. There’s nothing that should be complex about it, but somehow there are enough moving parts that it’s never simple, and you feel on edge throughout. If you’ve ever put together a chair from Ikea, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Above and Beyond: Avoiding PHP Timeout and Memory Limit Errors with Ajax
Unlike some other programming languages, PHP shuts down completely the moment it stops processing a specific request.
A Guide to Debugging in WordPress with your Reptilian Brain
Since so many things can go wrong in a WordPress environment, it’s important to develop general WordPress bugfixing hunches.