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WordPress Widgets

Now I know I'm late, very late. But I finally decided to find out what all the fuss was about. The great thing about Widgets is that you can drag them all over the place. Of course, they are made for the sidebar, but you can reorder them however you like or just remove them. And the great thing is removing doesn't mean deleting. They are there to be reused at your whim and fancy.

FeedBurner + Google search cache = Instant Blog Back Up

Recently, I've had a problem with a blog that I manage. Due to a server issue, the database was totally screwed up. It was weird. The first thing I noticed is that the posts for the last five (5) or so days were gone. I thought that some absent minded tech had inadvertently restored a previous backup. Then I noticed that not only posts were gone, but some settings reverted back to their original values.

Moving WordPress To A Different Domain

No, I'm not moving, not yet anyway. But Lava is. She scored a domain name which describes her blog so perfectly, that she couldn't help but nab it up: HowISaveMoney.net. Now what are the odds that this domain would still be lying around?

Lava finally made the big step and “moved into her own place". Moving domains is always such a hassle, but there are a few things that make the process a little bit easier. I was the Administrator during this move and I must say it was a little bit involved, but I think I got it done.

The Domain

The domain was purchase at 1and1.com. Why not NetSolutions, Yahoo, GoDaddy? Because they all have great promotional deals but then it's upward of $8 to renew every year. 1and1 has a nice flat rate of $5.99 every year.

The host remained the same, since this particular hosts allows up to 10 domains pointing to it. All the files are simply dumped in a different sub folder. I both love and hate the idea of one consolidated host. It's easier to manage: one login one set of administration and maintenance, cheaper than several different hosts. But if one sight goes down, they all go down. If a hacker gets into one, he damn well gets into all of them. The load on all of the sites is still very small and way under the allotted bandwidth limit. Most of them are blogs using WordPress and we all know what a small physical footprint WordPress leaves behind. If any one site seems to out grow things little family what it turns 18 or something, it will definitely be kicked out of the nest onto it's on hosting package.

Copy Files

Now this should be the simple part. You copy everything into the folder that is going to house your new blog. There are a few minor changes that you might need to make. Depending on your previous setup you may need to edit the .htaccess file and change the RewriteBase option. But I do think that WordPress will configure it for you when you set up your permalink stuff.

One change that is necessary is editing your wp_config.php file. If you're changing databases, you need to make the changes here. If you're not changing databases you still need to make the changes to the table prefix. I forgot to mention that we still need to keep the old database active (details to come later).

Blog Revival

It's been a long time but I finally decided to breathe some life back into Day In The Life of Baz. It's been a while since I touched anything on that blog. With the whole graduation thing and the job hut and the starting a new job and moving, I've just been a bit overwhelmed lately. Some say welcome back to: Day In The Life of Baz.[ ]1

Fixed vs. Fluid Layouts and Screen Resolutions

I've sort of been fighting it for a while now. I must say I've been stuck in the past and I apologize for that. I was stuck in the whole “It's gotta be less that 800 pixels” things. That's just a basic rule of accessibility, which I've carried from years ago. Back them a significant number of Internet surfers still had relatively small monitors and used the 800×600 resolution. Therefore, if you wanted your content accessible to the highest majority of visitors you had to ensure that your site can be viewed relatively well in at least 800 pixels. Although the number of visitors using this resolution was in the minority, it was still not small enough to ignore.

Now comes another problem. Rather a solution that causes a problem. Most people fixed this resolution issue by slapping on a fixed layout. Now fixed layouts have their pros and cons. The pros are, you know exactly how it will look every time. You know where every thing will be on the website. One major con, I experienced at a friend's house. He had just gotten a brand new 21” flat panel monitor and everything looked so crisp. After a couple hours of playing, Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory we were just browsing the Internet and I just asked him to check out my latest post at the time. When he did I was horrified. My beautiful fixed width 787 pixel layout, which looks just brilliant on my 17” at home, still looked brilliant here, but it was so bloody small. I mean the thing was tiny and scrolling took forever. Yeah, we would have had to scroll a lot on a smaller monitor but since we have this huge one, why should we. There was just so much wasted screen space it annoyed me. You could almost fit a whole other site right next to mine.

Saving Money Blog

Ok, It's been a long time in the making, I'll be the first to admit. This is a blog by a colleague of mine who shall remain nameless. There are some interesting tips on saving money and some cute lil’ rants. Check it out: Save Money.

Getting Paid to Blog

I found this post interesting. Although I don't consider myself much of a blogger, bills do have to be paid. Tony writes: Its as though one loses their status as a “real blogger the instant you put up Google Adwords, or start selling ad space as though the purity of your writings takes on a different cast because, well, youve got to pay the bills. As Tony mentions, ads on a website are one thing but PayPerPost is totally different.