Posts contained in the “Being A Webmaster” category:

Owning a website involves much more than just buying some hosting and installing a CMS. It requires a unique set of skills and attributes. These posts will take you behind the scenes of being a webmaster, helping you to develop the attitude and tools necessary for hosting a successful website.

S3cmd on Ubuntu with DreamObjects

I use DreamObjects a lot: as low-cost online storage, as a CDN for large files (especially podcasts and image files), as a CDN for files I want to have access to from a lot of different locations, and as a place to store WordPress backups (using Ipstenu’s fantastic DreamObjects Backups plugin). The price is great …read more…

Asking for WordPress Theme and Plugin Recommendations

I see a lot of posts on the WordPress forums where somebody asks for a plugin that will do foo or a theme that looks like site bar (which may or may not be an actual WordPress site), without bothering what they have found so far. This is almost always a bad idea. For starters, there are …read more…

Installing Get Simple CMS via the Command Line

If you’re patient, installing software on your website via FTP isn’t a bad way to go, although it takes forever and depending on the quality of your internet connection, you may have connectivity issues causing the entire thing to hang. (Although I’ve installed some pretty big packages via FTP at McDonald’s of all place—my local …read more…

Introduction to the Command Line

I recently migrated all of my sites to a new web host, which meant downloading all my files and databases from my old web host and uploading them to my new host. It’s not exactly that simple, because my new host does some things radically different than my old host, but it’s close to that simple. …read more…

Subversion on Windows: A TortoiseSVN Workflow

Although I like Macs and I love Ubuntu, I spend most of my time in a Windows environment, because most of the people I work with use Windows. I need to see what they see and see it how they see it. So, Windows it is. Windows is not a bad place to do web …read more…

How Many WordPress Plugin Combinations are Possible?

I answered a question on the Graphene Neo Mobile theme about WordPress plugins, which then made me think about math, which then made me do math. Here’s the silly thing: I tweeted about it, forgetting that the forum is a private one. So it’s not very useful. But here’s the original query: Does anyone know …read more…

Using WinMerge

In an earlier post on creating child themes for WordPress, I said that if you had already made changes to your theme, you could use a program like WinMerge to find the differences between a clean copy of your theme and the copy you’ve been editing. The time has come to show just how that …read more…

Web Development and the End of Internet Explorer

Once you begin developing web content, it doesn’t take you long to figure out that how your web site appears to people is, to a lesser or greater degree, a matter of which browser they are using. It’s to a lesser degree if your readers are using a browser that supports current web standards, such …read more…

Guidelines for Good Website Design

I have the RSS feeds of several hundred blogs and websites bookmarked*. These are everything from the personal blogs of friends and strangers to the BBC. I don’t read every article on every site (although there are a handful that I do), but I check the feeds on a regular basis and when I spot …read more…

The Best SEO Advice You’ll Ever Get

A few years ago, my parents told me about an episode of ABC’s The View which featured a man who had published a book on how to make money on the internet. They couldn’t remember his name or the name of his book, but thirty seconds on the internet was all it took for me …read more…