Welcome to my blog, for anyone who previously visited my blog, welcome back.
Now for the returning visitors, there are no prizes but you will notice a significant change, there is a very good reason for this, mainly that I committed the 2 cardinal sins of blogging.
During my testing on my live server (cardinal sin number 1) I managed to overwrite my blog database (still part of sin 1), now to compound this, I only had a backup from about 6 weeks ago (cardinal sin number 2).
So it was decision time, time for a search to see how to retrieve the situation, because I will not be the first to be as stupid as this, and certainly will not be the last to do it either.
So here is a brief record of how I rebuilt my blog from scratch.
The First step was to carry out a brand new install of WordPress onto my hostgator server, so what did I have, I had a clean install of WP3 which I upgraded to 3.0.1.
Next what can I or do I want from my old blog? In the end I decided to retrieve the postings from my old backup. There were several ways brought up in my search to retrieve all sorts of the settings, but I decided it was worth starting fresh, and this time including a proper backup system..
Now although WordPress has an excellent help system online, I prefer a much more user friendly system, so I turned to the excellent Matt Wolfe for help in his WPclassroom video series.
This covers each step from choosing a domain name right through to creating a complete membership site in his latest releases. New video’s released every week, great stuff Matt.
This is an excellent way to build a blog from scratch, the only thing I changed was the order I carried these steps out, first I installed the new network option, as this can only be done to a new blog, so was obviously the thing to do first, next I installed the backup and tested it (see cardinal sin number 2 above, to see why).
After this I simply followed the steps, for once I left the theme as the default twenty ten template, mainly because I like it, it looks clean and is quite open for personalisation (at a later date when my backups are fully tested of course).
After completing the admin steps of the WPclassroom, it was time to add my own widgets, I like one with a few small banners, again learning from my mistake earlier, I did not create the widget in the WP dashboard, but simply made a text file in my text editor (notepad in windows, or kate which is my preference in Linux) although any simple editor will do for this, and save it somewhere safe.
From here on in it was a simple case of following Matt’s video tutorials (there is also a forum for pro members) and the blog is rebuilt.
Now I can get back to promoting my home business using the excellent SFI Team-builder Coop, devised by promoter extraordinaire David Smith.
Stand by for more articles and reviews on the tools I am using to build my home business, all I can say is that they will be an honest opinion, of how I have found the various tools to use myself and more importantly any help requests and the results of these requests.