by Michael Miller on January 12, 2017
Here is a surprisingly common question: how do I install WordPress on my webhost?
Here’s the one sentence answer: you don’t, you use the 1-click install option that any decent webhost (Bluehost, HostGator, LiquidWeb, GoDaddy, etc etc) now provides.
These days, almost all of them provide a big fat button that says ‘WordPress’ when you log in to view your hosting options. Click on that, and off you go. If there is any uncertainty, you call your hosting provider, and they will happily walk you through it.
So why do we get the question so often?
Because, for some reason, people love perpetuating the manual method for installing WordPress, listed on the official WordPress.org website. It’s billed as the ‘super de duper easy peasy five minute install’ which is 100% true if you find math problems fun, chess invigorating, and live on a planet where minutes are actually hours.
Otherwise, it is a lie.
Look, it’s true that compared to many other potential installs, it’s easy. And for some, I don’t doubt it’s five minutes or less. But the problem is that other people, normal people who wonder about the difference between ‘domain’ and ‘hosting’ are being told to attempt something they have no hope of doing without a wasted afternoon and a cup of rage.
But maybe you still wonder about the difference, and maybe you still want to try. So, I’m going to give a broad overview of what’s going on in both cases.
Open Office error in saving “Problem Connecting to Server” or: how not to punch Open Office in the face
by Michael Miller on September 25, 2015
So. In a burst of organizational genius the other day, we changed the default share name on a client server. Lets say the old version was ‘Public’, and the new version was ‘Shared’. What could possibly go wrong, right? Cue the hollow laugh machine.
All went fairly well, until Open Office decided that every time you opened the save dialogue box, freaked out with an error message saying it was having an error connecting to the share ‘Public’. I say ‘freaked out’ because after dismissing it, the error appeared again not once, not twice, but four hundred five thousand times. I definitely counted.
by Michael Miller on September 22, 2015
Most email accounts today use an IMAP email server. The advantage to this is whatever happens on one device–say, a laptop–gets reflected on another–say, an iPhone. If you read a message on your Mac, it will show up on your iPhone as having been read. If you send a message from an iPhone, it will show up in the sent folder on the Mac as well.
Except! Sometimes this doesn’t happen. You send an email on the iPhone, it sends successfully, but the email never shows in sent mailbox on the Mac.
The reason for this is some accounts configure with a different default setting for sent messages–they are configured to store sent emails locally, instead of on the IMAP server. Fortunately, it’s an easy fix. Read the rest of this entry »
by Michael Miller on July 8, 2015
You’re paying for it, and by golly, you want it! You want that internet speed. But mostly, you probably want to know why it’s so slow right now that you’re about ready to go mental.
Well, as you no doubt know, you could be using speediest.net to find out just how fast your connection to the world is. Time was, this worked quite well – but that time was long, long ago. Now speediest.net is covered in ads for what is basically malware (yep, I’m looking at you MacKeeper) and to add insult to injury, it’s entirely flash dependent. There have been times I’ve thought that the actual speedtest is just getting the site to load, never mind using it.
But you all know this. What, you ask, is the alternative?
testmy.net is entirely html5 based, which does mean you’ll need a more modern browser to actually use it. That being said, not only is it blazing fast, it won’t also flood your computer with pop-ups in the process. It claims the results are more accurate – I don’t know if that’s true, but it’s certainly no less accurate, and fabulously more pleasant to use.
by Mari Troshynski on July 1, 2015
Time Machine is a great and wonderful tool, but only if it’s functioning properly. You know this, because you’ve already set up your Time Machine backup. In a twist of fate, however, you may see (as you go about your daily computer-related business) a notification that you haven’t had a backup in 22 days… Which, considering that Time Machine is supposed to create a backup every hour for the past 24 hours, is concerning. How can you tell if your backup is, in fact, working? Where can you see the latest backup? How can you make sure all of the information you want to save is there?
Not to worry: there are many tools available to check and double check your backup is running properly— and if it’s not, to reconfigure the backup service to be back on its feet. Read the rest of this entry »
by Michael Miller on November 10, 2014
NOTE: If you have the much more common ‘Ooops, OS X Server just randomly decided to eat the most important part of my configuration’ that can result in the above error, this thread on Apple Discussion forums might prove handy. I’d write it up on the site if I figured out a surefire to fix this outside of just restoring from a OD backup you’ve hopefully made, but it makes me angry that the backups can’t be scheduled, and there is no other way to fix it, so I don’t consider myself to have a ‘fix’ just yet.
I just upgraded a client’s OS X Server from Mavericks to Yosemite 10.10 OS X server. They use Windows Server 2012 for authentication and user services through Active Directory, and the Mac server simply joins to the domain to grab authentication and user/group information.
After the upgrade, Open Directory fired on just fine, and local Open Directory users were hunky dory, but the replica list, which would typically list what AD master had been joined, simply said ‘Unable to load replica list’.
Typically, I get a little trickle of fear anytime OS X server gives me any kind of message about being unable to load anything, because that has led me down some very dark rabbit holes indeed. But this time, just as I was about try and go through the process of re-connecting the AD server (which, by the way, cannot be done with WorkGroup manager anymore) I was lucky enough to google about and stumble on this KB from apple:
It doesn’t pertain to it directly, but it’s close enough. To paraphrase the directions:
by Michael Miller on August 15, 2014
I like to keep my titles understandable by everyone, but I’ll fully admit to giving this one a few attempts before giving it all up. Sadly, there’s just not much of a way to talk about sending email from printers without involving acronyms that one would be justified for suspecting of associating with curse words during the night. Read the rest of this entry »
by Michael Miller on April 15, 2014
So for a long time, there was a group set on the Out of a Jam Staff wiki. And lo, all was well. Users were added to the group, and access was had by all.
Then, one day, Michael added a new employee to the JamStaff group and and behold – they had zilch for permissions on the wiki. Being in the middle of running around like a chicken with its head cut off and its hair on fire, Michael simply added the user directly and gave them access. “I’ll fix that someday,” he told himself and, as is always the case with such things, someday never came. As time went on, it got more and more annoying, but he got more and more used to it as well, so there you go. Apathy is the immovable object.
Fast forward to today, and not only did being part of the group do zip, but it actually wasn’t possible to add a user directly to the wiki either. Oh, you could add, but saving would give a nasty red message saying ‘Error Saving ACL’s’. Wondering if the ill fated group, which lit up in red at that message as well and was set as owner, might be part of the problem, Michael attempted to delete it. When it vanished, attempting to save just gave an unhelpful ‘Error Saving Settings’ and that’s it.
by Michael Miller on March 22, 2014
Well, right now. Sort of. And other qualifiers.
by Michael Miller on March 16, 2014
The latter part of the subject could be a lot of things. The first part, too, I suppose, but fewer enough to where we can cover them here!
If you’re an iPhone user, chances are you are, whether unwittingly or not an iCloud user as well. Apple reps at the Apple Store are pretty aggressive about turning it on (Apple ad: used car salesmen everywhere: would you like to push iCloud services instead?) and iOS itself is pretty insistent you get some iCloud on.
It’s not that iCloud is bad – by and large, it’s great, and well worth having for one reason or another. The times when you wouldn’t want iCloud are worthy of an article entirely on their own, but for the moment, lets get over my absurdly long intro and get to the meat: what do you do when you start being incessantly told your iCloud storage is full?
The possible reasons are many, the common reasons are but two. Read the rest of this entry »