I got behind again on my WordPress updates – I can be pretty lazy about that with the theory of “if it ain’t broke…” but I was doing a post or two today and the available updates were screaming at me (well, that little icon kept catching my eye). I had 6 plugin updates and one full WordPress update available.
So, I took the plunge. Being a Windows guy, and a long time server guy, I’m ALWAYS nervous about updates. But once again WordPress held strong and true. Every one of the updates processes flawlessly without any issues at all.
Good for you WordPress.
BTW – I like the new administration console interface. Very nice.
Did you know that WordPress works – and works great – on Microsoft Windows? Sure, WordPress runs on top of PHP and MySQL, which are commonly thought to be related to Linux, but they work perfectly on Windows Server also. In fact, this blog post that you’re reading right now is running via WordPress on Windows, MySQL, and PHP.
Here’s a blog post by Artur at OrcsWeb showing a walk-through of installing WordPress on Windows Server.
As you can see in the post, Microsoft’s WPI (Web Platform Installer) makes it super-easy even for non-administrators.
I installed the W3 Total Cache plugin last night and enabled about 1/2 of the features. Everything seemed fine initially so I left it alone. Today I went to write a post and noticed my site was down. Yikes! No idea how long it was down because no one bothered to tell me (thanks for nothing readers! :>).
Since the last thing I changed was adding the W3TC plugin, I decided to remove that. Since I couldn’t get the site to load, I had to figure out a way to do this manually. Thankfully I stumbled across this post:
I followed the directions there (minus the .htaccess steps since I’m running on Windows/IIS versus Linux/Apache) then killed all the PHP and W3WP processes related to my site that were running. They kept popping up new ones so I stopped the app pool, then tried again and was able to kill them all. After that I restarted the app pool and hit the URL – all better! Yeah!
I think I’ll avoid that plugin now.
If you’ve recently changed domain names, or made a copy of the site (for testing, development, or any other purpose) then you need to update the domain setting in WordPress. If you don’t, then all links will point back to the old/original domain name and take you away from the new site. You may also (very likely) run into issues trying to sign in to the admin pages of the new site because of domain name mismatching from what WordPress expects.
The *best* way to change the site’s domain name setting is through the WordPress admin pages. If for some reason you can’t do that, then you can also directly edit the MySQL database. Look at the wp_options table and specifically the record(s) for option_name=’siteurl‘ or option_name=’home‘.
If you can’t access the database you can also manually override the domain setting. To do this locate the wp-config.php file which should be in the root of your WordPress site. Open the file in your favorite text editor and add the two lines below:
Obviously you should replace “YourDomain.com” with the actual domain name of the WordPress site.
I recently decided to create a test/development instance of a WordPress site that I run. In part of doing this I had to deal with how to backup one MySQL database and restore it to another database. After that was done, and I copied over the content files, I had to tell WordPress where to find the new database and how to connect to it.
How is this done? Find the wp-config.php file that’s located in your WordPress site. Open that file in your favorite text editor (like WebMatrix) and look for the database connection settings, which will be near the top of the file (after a large block of comments). It should look like…
// ** MySQL settings - You can get this info from your web host ** //
/** The name of the database for WordPress */
/** MySQL database username */
/** MySQL database password */
/** MySQL hostname */
The sections are self-explanatory so just go through one line at a time and edit the fields to match the database server name, database name, username for the connection, and the password for the database user. Save the file and you should be good to load up your new WordPress site now.