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.

The last migration…to Opalstack!

The server migration is complete. There’s a long story here, but the bottom line up front is that I now host all my websites save one at Opalstack. Additionally, I have moved all my domain registrations to Gandi. Hopefully, I will be with Opalstack for the rest of my life. And seeing that Opalstack is …read more…

The path back…

I’ve worked with a number of different web hosting companies over the years, but I was with DreamHost the longest. A few years ago, DreamHost started doing some wonky things (I won’t get into the details here, as I’ve discussed them enough elsewhere) and I decided to move. I found WebFaction almost by accident and immediately …read more…

A General Theory of Backups

In working with people who are new to web design and development, I have often found that backing up a website is one of the last things on their mind. They’re more interested in the fun stuff. Backing up your website is more like a chore. It’s the computer equivalent of cleaning the litter box. …read more…

In Search of a new Anti-Spam Plugin

This site runs on WordPress, and like all WordPress sites, it attracts more than its fair share of comment spam. For a long time, I used Akismet, which is the anti-spam plugin developed by the WordPress team, so I knew I could trust it to work well with WordPress. I was happy with Akismet, but …read more…

S3cmd on Ubuntu with DreamObjects

Bucket

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…