Category Archives: Wordpress

WP-Captcha Free Broke My Comments

Apologies to anyone that has tried to comment on my posts. I noticed some apache errors and decided to do some digging.

In an effort to keep commenting as easy as possible but not wade through tons of spam, I was using a wordpress plug-in called WP-Captcha free. It appears that it was breaking the comment section after one of the updates, but was awesome prior to that. I’ve removed it and am trying another now that will only ask you for captcha if Akismet flags the comment as spam.

Happy computing!

Configuring WordPress automatic upgrades and updates

This is quick note on setting up auto-updates / downloads for WordPress builds that are being self-hosted.

I had the issue of being constantly asked for FTP information, even after I set up an FTP server.

I had trouble finding anything on the Internet that discussed issues with the WordPress auto-updates and downloads directly from the environment for self-hosted installations.  Turns out the issues I had were permission based issues.  The fix for this was needing to change the ownership and the group to www-data for wordpress folder and the wordpress/wp-content folder.  You can accomplish this by using the commands at the linux prompt:

chown –R www-data /usr/share/wordpress/*
chgrp –R www-data /usr/share/wordpress/*
chown –R www-data /usr/share/wordpress/wp-content/*
chgrp –R www-data /usr/share/wordpress/wp-content/*

Replace the “wordpress” folder name with whatever folder your wordpress web folder is.

This will also allow you to download plugins and themes directly from the WP web interface.

Thanks Bobby for helping me with this.

Rolling In a New Blog

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After over a year of playing around with CKS EBE, I’ve finally moved out of MOSS for blogging and on to WordPress.  Nothing against blogging with MOSS and CKS EBE, but with the MOSS/WSS feature-set, it seems it’s overkill, kinda like using a shotgun to kill a fly.  Also, with CKS EBE not being updated any longer, and the extensibility of WordPress, it just seemed time to move on.

I’m not going to go all Linux on ya, but LAMP is pretty good, with a small footprint, and Open Source is never a bad thing.

Now as far as getting WordPress MU up and running, configured properly, and connecting properly with Windows Live Writer (WLW), that’s a story in and of itself being that I’m not a Linux guru.  I got some help from my go-to tech buddy, Bobby, and amazingly enough I was able to help him with a few things too.

Anyway, I plan on using this blog quite a bit more than I have in the past, especially with SharePoint 2010 coming up, Windows 7, Exchange 2010, and a bunch of other products.  Oh! Not to mention vSphere making it’s way into the market.

If you don’t know about it, WordPress MU is a multi-blog / multi-user environment with all the regular functionality of WordPress.

I guess time will tell.  See ya around the Web.

Turnkey Linux WordPress Appliance

Just a few days ago, after checking out what my friend Bobby Shea had done with his blog, decided to create a new blog.  More for the fun and personal stuff than this tech one.

Anyway, I always enjoy playing with new technology, especially if something is plug-and-play, so I decided to download the Turnkey Linux WordPress Appliance.  It really pretty cool.  I created a new VM in my lab, gave it 256MB of RAM, 10GB of HD storage space, mounted the ISO, and fired up the VM.

The installation was honestly one of the easiest ever.  I was challenged for new passwords a few times, and the installation complete with me looking at a console screen with a bunch of sites on the server, 1 for the blog, and others for management.  I added the necessary DNS entries, created a firewall rule in ISA Server and hit it.  Talk about a pretty seemless process, I was really impressed with the appliance and the fact that it behaved as documented.  As any tech professional can attest, that’s not always guaranteed.  Hell as any general user can attest. lol.

Anyway, I wanted to upgrade the environment to the latest version of WordPress, so I went to the wordpress site, downloaded the bits, and started following their 3-step guide to upgrading.  I just knew I would run into trouble there, but I did not.  At least not much trouble.  I don’t claim to know much about Linux, or WordPress for that matter, so I fiddled around with the admin panels until I was significantly aware of the fact that I was going to have to upgrade manually.  I fired up Veeam’s FastSCP, knowing that it can handle file transfers into linux environments, and started following the 3-steps to upgrade.  Delete this, copy that, replace that, backup this.  Next thing I know, upgrade complete, no beats skipped.

Then, deciding to push my luck, I decided to install some plugins, widgets, and themes.  Again, no issue.  Not sure what I was expecting, but I know I wasn’t expecting things to go so smoothly.

Next push, decided to download the WordPress iPhone app.  Again, no issue.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Microsoft and MOSS, but wow, a blog up and running and ready for posting from scratch within the span of a few hours, self-hosted? Hmm.

Guess I’ll end this by saying, WORDPRESS ROCKS!  It’s not nearly as deep as a MOSS environment, but that does keep it simple for just what you’d expect out of the product.

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