Configure the database host if you do not know which one is

At the time of install WordPress one of the basic elements to be able to connect to the database in addition to the user and MySQL key is the server name, the one known as hostname a data that is normally provided by your hosting provider, but what if you do not find it?

As indicated by the same installation screen of WordPress, in 99% of the occasions the server name is localhost but you will know that it is precisely 1% that usually gives war, especially when your hosting provider does not make things easier for you.

But if localhost does not work for you and you're not in any of the previous providers you can always use a trick of the configuration file wp-config.php that will get you out of the mess on more than one occasion.

What the new line does is try to resolve the host of the database without having to enter it manually. You save the changes and most of the time you will recover the name of your server and everything will work correctly.

Help WordPress comes home

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There are already many migrations that WordPress has suffered, and that is that although the first hosting was with CDmon, it has already passed by Mediatemple, CDmon again back in 2008, some great years with Gigas to, now, go back to its original house, again by the hand of CDmon a provider that I have never tired of recommending

In the following days there will still be fringes to be fixed, as in any migration, but I am sure that we will all enjoy the new change of accommodation, I am already doing it for days, thanks to the good people of CDmon .

Its advantages, as already expressed in the page on Hosting WordPress are huge, and I'll write them down in case you're considering choosing a provider …

  • Own control panel: is a panel designed by developers, in c Continuous innovation thanks to the suggestions of the users. It is intuitive, easy to use, and allows you to easily perform actions that would otherwise require extensive technical knowledge, such as configuring PHP, registering directives, creating FTP or MySQL accounts, it is a real joy that once you know it, you no longer want back to CPanel or similar.
  • Free services like the hosting test platform : this is a free hosting in which you can install WordPress or any other CMS and develop the web without any cost Every 30 days you can renew this service and design your site with the peace of mind that you still do not pay for hosting. The difference with the other accommodations is that the page is not visible to the general public. It is accessed via username and password. It is when you publish the web on the Internet that you start paying for the hosting plan you choose. It is a great solution to create new projects and not start paying until it is live and live. Other free services are the private Whois, the DNS, the parking pages, the redirects and the Microplan : the latter is a basic hosting that can be activated with the hiring of a domain . That is to say, for a very affordable price like that of a domain, the user can already have a web hosting with 10 MB of space, 1G of transfer and a personalized email account of 100 MB. It does not work to install a CMS but for fundamental issues like at least having an email or a welcome page.
  • Flexible plans : moving from one plan to another, either to grow or to diminish resources is very easy and the same user can do it from the Control Panel. In the case of changing to a lower plan, they compensate you with expiration. This is great, because you do not need to talk to anyone or hire new plans to a greater need: you simply increase the benefits of your accommodation live.
  • Free migration : facilitate the arrival at CDmon for anyone who comes from another provider. They do not charge anything for the migration of the web. They take care of everything and it's totally free.
  • Hosting with Spanish IP by default: because if you want to boost your positioning in search engines nothing like a web hosting in your own country. By the way, the latency decreases, which also improves the speed of the site.
  • 24-hour technical assistance: The main hallmark of CDmon, and I attest to that, is customer service. The fact of speaking the same language, of responding quickly, of being decisive. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year for technical consultations.
  • WordPress : Finally, another of the wonders of CDmon is that it offers a CMS installer that you will always find as highlighted to WordPress, but do not end there the advantages offered by having WordPress with CDmon. It is especially interesting to be able to easily configure aspects of PHP such as safe mode register_globals the size and maximum time of upload and wait, or even more advanced variables such as cookie session times on the server or configure Suhosin.

Come on, I'm delighted, and not only do not have to pay out of pocket for the cost of maintaining a blog like WordPress Help which gives many joys but zero economic performance, but to be able to count on CDmon and its excellent and kind technical and commercial service.

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NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say that we have not warned you.

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How to migrate your WordPress hosting using Duplicator


This post is aimed at people who have a blog in WordPress and want to change it from one hosting to another. You may have taken this decision for many reasons: because your web hosting does not offer you good technical support, because it is expensive, either because it goes too slow or falls too often. Probably, you will ask: what can be done? How to change all the content in the process of server migration from a WordPress blog to another hosting?

In this article we will try to answer your questions. You will discover that it is very easy to do. You will not lose information during the process in which you move your blog from one hosting to another and you will be able to access without problems or worries. For this, we will use the plugin Duplicator . Although there are other plugins to make backup copies, sometimes they are not quite perfect to make a complete transfer of the blog and some things are lost along the way. Let's see in 4 simple steps how the process can be carried out.

  1. Make a backup with the Duplicator plugin

Before starting to make the smallest change, if you do not want to take any risk, what It corresponds now is to carry out a backup of the blog. Therefore, go to the control panel of your blog, enter your username and password, and first install the plugin.

  • Click on> Plugins> Add new> Duplicator 0.5.6> Install> Activate plugin [19659009] Next, click on "Create new" to create a duplicate package.
  • Finally, download the file "installer.php" on your desktop, as well as the package.

If you have followed these three steps, you will have a copy of your blog on your desktop, which we will use later

  1. Create a DB in your hosting

Now, if you are going to create a new web hosting account, You will have to do some things to move your WordPress blog here.

  • Enter the control panel of the new hosting you are going to.
  • Enter the database and MSQL part.
  • Make a new database.
  • Put a new user and password.

You must be very clear about what you want to do with your web domain. If you want to keep it in your old hosting, or maybe you prefer to pass it to your account in your new hosting. If you decide on the first, you must point the domain to the IP of the new server you have hired (get in touch with technical support to get it if you can not find it). If you buy a new domain in the domain registrar of the hosting, you will not have to do anything and everything will be much simpler.

You can also keep the domain, but send it from one server to another. Contact technical support if you have questions, that's what they are for. By the time you have your domain prepared in the control panel, you can continue with the next point.

  1. Upload your backup to your new hosting

Once you have made the backup, there is only that upload it to the new hosting to leave everything on your site. You can place it better by FTP using the free software Filezilla Client or you can also do it from the file manager that will be in the hosting panel.

If you decide to upload the file with Fillezilla Client, you need to know the minus three important data of your FTP account, that you will have created first from the control panel:

  • Server: you must write the name of your domain without the www
  • Username: write the same one that you have put on the panel control when doing your FTP.
  • Password: the same.

When you have written these three data, put them in the boxes, click on "fast connection" and you will be in your new hosting. That's where you have to upload the file installer.php .

  1. Restore the backup copy in the new hosting

Is all the above already? Then type substituting "yourdomainname" for your actual address. You will get a window with the information of the restoration assistant of the backup that you created before.

  • Deploy: you will see information of the hosting, user and password and the name of the bbdd.
  • Update: you will find the name of the old domain and the path where your blog was, as well as the new where it will be installed.
  • Test: the last point is to check if your blog works well, delete files and save the permanent links.

If everything is fine, you will have finished migrating your server to WordPress quickly and easily. Consider that sometimes the configuration of the DNS may take some time, maybe up to 48 hours. Many times it will happen much faster and your blog will be ready to be seen from the new hosting.

I trust that this article has helped you to make your hosting migration. For any questions you may have, leave us a comment here.

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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GoDaddy prohibits the use of dozens of WordPress plugins

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Surely in GoDaddy you will not have read the article the other day about plugins that you should not install but they take it to the letter, maybe a bit too much.

And it is that recently in GoDaddy they have decided that their managed hosting service specialized in WordPress does not support a series of plugins which are already prohibited .

There are valid arguments in many of them, such as the excess requests to the database or complex operations but honestly they have gone hand-in-hand, reaching a point of anti-plugins hysteria that does not send a good message to the WordPress user community.

You have to be aware of the available options, since there are thousands of plugins, hundreds for every need in most of the occasions except some exc eption, but from there to prohibit such a huge list of plugins, where some are included as " Hello Dolly ", to take an extreme example, has crossed the line of caution to paranoia . You just have to check the list:

You will see that there are several of which we have spoken, as plugins of related entries, of statistics, but also others that do not make sense to block because they do not comply with the rules for the election of Effective plugins .

There are also examples that restrict user freedom such as the prohibition to use backup plugins, protected by the idea that the provider of hosting copy, but in my opinion is a line that should not be crossed, because the needs of each user are different. And so we could discuss many other examples, such as cache plugins, also banned.

What do you think?

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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A simple way to reduce the size of your WordPress

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There are many possible elements that can increase the size, weight and load of a web and WordPress ] does not escape from this danger. In fact, there are default behaviors of our beloved CMS that contribute to overload the size of your website .

One of these default WordPress behaviors that contribute to occupy extra space in your installation is ] the management that makes the images you upload . Let me explain …

Every time you upload an image to illustrate an entry, WordPress automatically creates other sizes smaller than the one you have uploaded. The idea is good, do not believe, because it is based on the fact that you do not need to use in your publication the full size of the images you upload resized by HTML (you know, it is pulling or shrinking the image ) but it is better to use a version that better fits the width of your WordPress theme and in the process you reduce the loading time of your cover (especially).

To give an example; imagine that you have a great holiday photo of about 4,000 pixels that weighs 8 Mb. If you upload it to an entry and publish it as is, even if you reduce the size from the object editor, in reality you will be showing fewer pixels width and height but the image will weigh the same when it is displayed on your website, I remind you, nothing less than 8 Mb .

Now add how long it will take to load the cover of your website if you do the same at each entrance of the ¿10? that you show in it. That's it.

That's why WordPress automatically creates small copies of your images, so you use a size more appropriate to the width of your theme and, consequently, also of less weight in " ] megas ".

The idea is good on that side, but it turns out that, at the same time, too is taking up disk space from your highly-appreciated – and usually expensive – web hosting plan , then you will find 3 or 4 more images, which you do not always use.

And, say, if you never use the average size would not it be better to tell WordPress not to create that copy? or the big size, or whatever you want. I do not recommend removing the miniature size, because if you use the galleries is the one you will use.

Getting it is very simple just go on your WordPress Desktop to the side menu " Settings -> Media "and simply set to" zero "the size or sizes you do not want WordPress to automatically create.

In this example of the capture I have removed all sizes except the thumbnails:
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Maybe you'll find it too radical, but if you think about it why are you going to upload the 8 Mb photo? Would not it be better to reduce the pixels before uploading it?

Normally, except in places dedicated to photography, it is never necessary to upload images of more size than the one that will normally show your WordPress theme so will not it be better not to unnecessarily occupy the expensive hosting space?. [19659004] At your home I leave the decision, but you know how to do it, and it's easy.

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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Basic tips on access codes, hosting and WordPress

Today I got a distress call by email, from a person who had commissioned a website with WordPress to someone, and at a given time the developer had decided not to provide the access codes to his client .

Until there is " almost " until normal, since do not always have to give full access to admin to a client sometimes it is even inadvisable to not break anything, but come on, at least access if you have to give it, hence the " almost ".

The real problem I had this client is that had no keys to anything or access to your WordPress, or access data by FTP, or even to your hosting panel, which was already very serious ]

If I had had access to some of this I could have applied some trick to recover some of the control, com or these I suggested:

But of course, without access to the panel of your accommodation would be temporary solutions, because at any time the webmaster bastard could change all those keys and go back to the beginning.

What teaching do we get? of this? because something I learned in someone else's flesh the first time that a client gave me (without asking him) all the passwords to access their domain, hosting, everything:

  1. Never give access data to the hosting help yourself if you need it but do not give the data.
  2. Even if you do not know, save your ftp access data and do not share it with anyone . In the hosting panel you can create additional ftp accesses and then delete them.
  3. Nothing happens because a developer or webmaster does not give you full access to a WordPress, sometimes it is even recommended so that the client does not touch things without knowing and can break something, but you always create an administrator access NOT TO USE only to save it for emergency. Otherwise, nothing happens if you take into account point 1 of this list.

Is that clear? so do not forget that NEVER, and I've said NEVER, NEVER give access to your panel of hosting NEVER, is like the key to your house or bank account and the management of your domain you also have to do it yourself, it's like your identity card on the Internet. [19659003] You can lose the WordPress key, which is a lesser evil because with the tricks that I have linked before you can recover it, or from PHPmyAdmin, even nothing happens if you lose or change the passwords by FTP, but never Do not give anyone the keys to access the hosting, or the management of your domain .

Formerly it was quite common to hire someone to make you a website, and due to the lack of professionalism of some programmers and the emerging hosting companies, the client never had access to anything, they did the web but the programmer was left with everything, with the key and with the key.

Having access to your hosting panel you can change the data of ftp, create temporary accounts for someone who is going to do a job, access PHPmyAdmin , change MySQL keys, create new MySQL users for temporary topics, everything, so save this in your mind in your calendar or wherever you want.

NOTICE : this Publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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Performance and optimization guides for WordPress

Dreamhost, server hosting company, has in its Wiki a couple of very interesting guides for any WordPress user.

The optimization guide the most interesting by far, tells us how properly configure the most common cache plugins, with or without FastCGI, for a better performance of our site, aiming the performances of each of them, alone or in conjunction with FastCGI. The winner in his tests is to use SuperCache without FastCGI, which wins by beating the other possible combinations.

The other, the performance guide does a review by those who recommended as the first steps after installing WordPress, as well as the recommended plugins for optimal performance. From how to manage spam to which cache plugin to choose. Very basic but interesting.

In any case it is a very interesting initiative, to be imitated by the other hosting providers (I hope).

How to earn money in • WordPress Help

You already know, because I have commented many times, that one of the things that you can not do in is to insert ads to make money with your blog but in reality it is not quite true.

According to rules for using you can not insert ads, charge for content or affiliate links on your site but there are exceptions. One of them is to create a VIP account like big companies and reputed blogs, but if you do not want to pay this extra and, above all, if your site has more than 25,000 page views per month, you can use the program from Ad Control and share 50% gains with Automattic using AdSense and Skimlinks .

So you know, if your traffic is generous you can also win money with your blog on, although this is always better option …

WordPress Hosting: upgrade and luxury discounts

A few months ago we launched the specialized hosting offer on WordPress and during this time, both for what the users have been asking us and for their own experience and changes that happen every day we have been preparing a series of changes that are sure to help more people to encourage this service.

  • WordPress 3.01 entirely in Spanish: with what this means you have all the WordPress 3.0 news as the security improvement that you no longer have the default admin user, personalization through custom entries, pages and menus, the new Twenty Ten default theme and much more.
  • ] More secure : more secure permissions thanks to suphp (755 instead of 777 and 644 instead of 666) and passed through a scanner of exploits and viruses. Apart from the one user and password for each user.
  • Optimization of the size of the uploaded images automatically so that it loads faster ( WP Smush-it nothing to do or configure nothing, a Yahoo service)
  • Simple integration with Google Analytics (activate the plugin and log in to your google account, it's the best we've found).
  • You can link easily to external sites with themes compatible with WordPress 3.0 (through custom menus) or earlier (with the plugin Page Links to )
  • Integration with Adsense using widgets and any other system that integrate using javascript: advertising platforms, youtube, etc. ( HTML javascript adder ). It is also entirely in Spanish.
  • New appearance : custom TwentyTen theme
  • Introduction to the blog itself: frequently asked questions and recommended links for consultation.
  • The Carrington blog topic has been removed because the system of the framework it uses is incompatible with some plugins and requires manual modifications that made life difficult for users

In short, a whole range of improvements so that you do not have any doubts when hiring a WordPress Hosting, which is endorsed by WordPress Help.

But do you want more, because there is …

To celebrate the arrival of WordPress 3.0 we have prepared a fantastic discount for all customers. By means of coupon AWP30 new or existing customers who sign up for a new WordPress plan will have a 30% discount on the 1st invoice. Of course, the most interesting thing is to hire for a year or more, so the discount is for the entire period, which if you only hire a month then the discount will apply only to that (small) bill.

Also, this does not is limited to a single order, the same user can benefit from this offer for several orders. So you know, if you are thinking of hiring a specialized accommodation, a, or if you are already a customer and you have to renew, take advantage of the offer of discount of 30% on the bill .

To enjoy this discount you have until the 15th of this month so go ahead and sign up for the accommodation

(Note: in case you have not noticed some of the links in this entry are affiliated, so if you buy a product it costs you the same but you pay me a coffee)

What you read is an original content of WordPress Help – Resources, themes, plugins and tutorials in Spanish and published Fernando Tellado first here: Hosting WordPress: upgrade and luxury discounts

WordPress 3.2 will require MySQL 5 (is the pot gone?) • WordPress Help

It is more than proven that MySQL 5 is slower than MySQL 4 . In addition, WordPress does not require any specific functionality of MySQL 5 to work.

So why was it just announced that WordPress 3.2 will require MySQL 5.0.15?

Repeat :

  1. MySQL 5 offers performance improvements in InnoDB which, as I said, WordPress does not use.
  2. MySQL 4 is faster in MyISAM the format The most common database that, incidentally, is the one used by WordPress.

Does anyone understand it?

But nothing, they also insist that servers must also run PHP 5.2 at least for WordPress 3.2 .

In this case, although PHP 5.2 is faster than PHP 4.4 (and PHP 5.3 is even faster than version 5.2) there would be no problem in WordPress 3.2 supporting PHP 4.4. But when Matt hangs up there's no stopping it, and I'm sure he's able to force it to upgrade to PHP 5 by removing code that works in PHP 4.4.

How hard is it to make the software flexible? , scalable? . I understand that you want to eliminate security problems by forcing updates on the servers but you do not have to be so radical. Nor am I a Taliban of compatibility at all costs, cause of most of the evils of software such as Joomla or Windows itself and, at the time, part of the great success of WordPress, but I think they are taking things, not too far but if too fast.

What I fear is that it is intended to force such a tremendous update rate not only of WordPress, but of the same systems to support it, causing too high requirements. Damn, if you have even published a plugin for us to check if our server is going to support WordPress 3.2!! . I'm even bothered by the name: health test they called him. Please!

In addition, as hosting providers may not follow this frenetic pace, instead of getting more secure installations, what could cause is that many users could not update WordPress to one more version stable and reliable (as would be any major update) because your server will not support it. And, please, we are not going to be changing hosting provider every two times or paying more to be able to update WordPress.

Let's see if this step is going to end as with each version of Windows, which requires you to change of computer.

I leave it to your criteria and reflection, this is just a point of view about this news.

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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