When I was first starting out with WordPress, I was rather confused by the fact that there seemed to be two versions. I had previously built websites from scratch with Notepad and a FTP client, so the world of content management systems was new to me. And before I had even started – before I even had a particularly good understanding of what WordPress actually was – I had to make a choice.
I had a nightmare job over the weekend (at least, it was a nightmare for someone as technically challenged as me). I had purchased a few websites, and I needed to do all the transfer of ownership stuff.
The problem was, I had a very limited understanding of how the whole domain name / site content relationship works (in fact, I still do). And most of the guides out there seem to assume that you have a base level of knowledge. I certainly didn’t.
You may have noticed the new black button on the WordPress.org website. WordPress has officially posted its opposition to the SOPA/PIPA bills, which are coming up for vote on January 24, 2012.
It’s no surprise that WordPress is making a public stand, as the software powers roughly 15% of the web. Anyone who has anything to do with the internet knows that SOPA drives a severe blow to innovation and freedom of speech.
Not familiar with the bills? Watch this video for a quick overview:
Here’s a quick comparison chart from KeepTheWebOpen.com that breaks down how these bills would be applied:
Way back in March, Alex at WP Shout was asking for WordPress users to review their hosting provider. He received 252 responses and has posted a breakdown of hosting providers that received more than three reviews. 252 responses is pretty good for a survey like this and it’s resulted in a useful resource that you can use to help you make a decision on your WordPress hosting. I wish I’d know about it when I went through three different hosting providers earlier this year.
Somehow, I have ended up with my WordPress installations scattered over three different hosting accounts. This has been bothering me for a while, as I’m paying for three separate hosting accounts and I only need to be paying for one. To start the process, and as a form of catharsis, I thought I’d write a tutorial about how to migrate from one host to another. That way I feel like I’m doing something useful while actually I’m doing something boring.
Setting up WordPress Multisite with GoDaddy hosting is more of an “If you have to…” situation, which means if you’re being compelled by a die-hard GoDaddy customer. I wouldn’t recommend GoDaddy hosting to anyone, but if you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having to work on it for someone else, here’s what to do:
1. Step 1: Enable Multisite
This is easy. You’ll add this to your wp-config.php file:
Step 2: Set the structure of your Multisite installation
One of the questions that comes up fairly regularly in my weekly WPMU DEV chats is “how can I speed up my WordPress website?” It’s an important question, particularly for businesses who want to scale their website. Of course, the procedures necessary for speeding up your website are going to differ depending on whether you have a site the size of something like WPMU.org or a lamoid little homepage like my own.
Guh! I Don’t Care if My Webpage is Fast! Why Can’t You Just Leave Me Alone?