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  • Howard 11:46 pm on March 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dachshund,   

    Dachshund Thursday 

    Photo of my Dachshund Odie playing ball

    One of those “Kodak moments” where you capture your dog doing something amazing

    I was trying to update my profile photo since I was looking a little stern with a grimace on my face, so Odie decided that he need to play ball while I was doing a self portrait.   Of course he is cuter that me so he got the photo shoot instead.

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  • Howard 7:28 pm on July 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: barrel of monkeys, dachshund, , domain mapping, more fun than a barrel of monkey, multisite, virtual host configuration   

    Dachshunds are more fun than a barrel of Monkeys 

    What’s more fun than playing with your Dachshunds? Moving their site to the cloud; and, for even more fun than a barrel of monkeys, configure WordPress as a multisite.

    Screen Clip of 3doxies.com running on WordPress 3.2.1 multsite Configuration

    Last weekend I installed 3.2 on a Rackspace Cloud server and started moving my sites over from multiple shared hosting accounts. With careful planing, I assumed things should not take to long nor break too bad. So far what I learned:

    Start from scratch. Go buy a domain or use one in your inventory that is sitting around. I used something like my-media-network.net. This will give you a single management tool for your blog network.

    If you’re planning to update from shared hosting, now is the time to do it. Use vps.net or Rackspace cloud servers. They run $10 – $50 per month but well worth price. My personal experience is with Rackspace and my clouds have been raining 24/7 for over 700 days now.

    1. Configure your multisite using subdomains. You may not be able to do that unless you have access to the Apache virtual host configuration files. I have root access to the VPS, so it isn’t an issue. Otherwise, use sub-directories for the configuration.
    2. Don’t be afraid to reinstall over and over if you don’t like the configuration or if it’s not working. Simply use phpMyAdmin to delete the tables from the database.
    3. Install the plugins. Many of your plugins will not work on a multisite. Below are the basic plugins that appear to install and play together:
      • Keyword Strategy link generator plugin Version 1.8.1
      • WordPress MU Domain Mapping Version 0.5.4
      • WordPress SEO Version 0.4.2 | By Joost de Valk (Sorry, All in One SEO isn’t multisite friendly)
      • WP Super Cache Version 0.9.9.9
      • XML Sitemap Feed Version 3.9.1 (I may use WordPress SEO 0.4.2 instead of this)
    4. Copy your themes over and test them using my-media-network.net. Add some dummy posts to see if they work.
    5. Start creating subdomain sites.
      •   Update the permalinks so they are the same as the old one.
      •   Export your posts from the old blog.
      •   Import your posts to the new blog.
      •   Test.
    6. On a side note, I noticed that I lost categories on one import, so I’m not sure if I did something wrong or if it is a bug.
    7. After you’re happy with the subdomain version, configure the domain mapping then update the DNS records.
    8. It’s a simple but tedious process going to multisite, but with 10 or more blogs, it is worth the investment to go that way.
     
  • Howard 10:16 pm on December 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , dachshund, , doxies, lazy dog, wiener dogs   

    Sleepy Afternoon With My Dachshunds 

    Today I’m planning to be as lazy as possible — even to the point where I’m regretting writing this post.  But sometimes you just need to act like a lazy dog and take an afternoon nap.

    So I’m taking advice from my dachshunds and getting a head start on them before three notice that I’m missing and gone upstairs to watch a movie or football game to catch a few winks.

    Perhaps I’ll get a few minutes alone before Odie runs upstairs an hops on top of me to find his favorite resting point nestled between the legs.  I’m sure that the other two wiener dogs will follow taking up the remaining space on the king-sized bed which is simply too small for doxies.

     
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