WordPress training seminar in Cagayan de Oro on July 25

July 17, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Once again, Blogie Robillo is organizing an advanced training seminar on WordPress deployment, usage, and management–this time on July 25 in Cagayan de Oro City. Specific topics include: WP installation & maintenance, web hosting basics, understanding WP themes, choosing & managing WP plugins, managing content on WP, and monetizing your WP blog with Google AdSense.

Signup here. The seminar costs Php500 and will go last from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Still waiting for WordPress seminars in Metro Manila, guys!

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Use one WordPress installation on multiple sites

May 12, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Here’s an interesting experiment: how would you like to run a single WordPress installtion of multiple webistes? Duane Storey tried just that and the details are all here.

There are a lot of other reasons why you might want a single WordPress install for multiple blogs. First, if you make backups of each blog’s data from time to time, you might end up with a complete WordPress package for each website you host, even though ultimately 90% of those files are identical (basically only themes, plugins and custom content vary). Second, if you run a hosting server with a PHP caching engine (which most do), it’s likely that the cache keeps track of data using the complete path to the file, which ultimately means the cache effectiveness will decrease proportional to the number of sites (aka WordPress installations). If all the installations on a server shared one common WordPress install, you’d only have to cache that one set of PHP files — effectively you could keep WordPress in a compiled state in memory for all of your sites.

The caching argument sounds very compelling. The key to the setup is having a more flexible wp-config.php file, coupled with some URL remapping. Check out Virtual Multiblog for WordPress for a similar approach.

Sounds complicated? Or exciting?

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10-step ritual after installing WordPress

January 20, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordPress is a cinch to install, and that means this 10-item list of things to do right after installing WordPress shouldn’t be too much trouble, either. Here’s the list:

  1. Change the Admin Password and Manage Your Authors
  2. Edit Permalinks
  3. Upload Your Theme and Activate It
  4. Add Your Categories and Change the Default
  5. Activate Akismet
  6. Install Google XML Sitemaps
  7. Install WordPress Database Backup
  8. Test Your Blog With Dummy Content
  9. Add your RSS feed to Feedburner
  10. Activate your Analytics

It’s a great guide for those who haven’t gotten the hang of tweaking their blog to get their whole system in place. Is there something else that you’re doing that wasn’t mentioned on the list? Additional tasks you might want to consider:

  1. Put security measures in place—a must!
  2. Rearrange the dashboard blocks and write post panel for a more streamlined blogging workflow
  3. Construct your blogroll
  4. Integrate social media (Facebook, Twitter, Plurk, del.icio.us, StumbleUpon, Technorati, etc.) into your blog and vice versa
  5. Add a contact form so people can get in touch with you for non-comment matters and other feedback
  6. Consider advertising options

What’s your post-installation ritual?

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