There’s been a lot of hubbub about Net Neutrality again lately now that Obama has officially come out in support of it (something he supported when he ran in 2008, then seemed to not when he appointed Tom Wheeler to chair the FCC in 2013). This week I put together some notes for my students to review so that next week, we can have a class discussion about Net Neutrality and how it can affect us moving forward. After the jump, you’ll see the resources I provided to them.
- 2009 Called (xkcd): I will have to remember this one.
- .tel, .xxx, and .mobi are all pointless and idiotic: Agreed. There’s really no way to prevent sites that fall under these categories from purchasing the .comÂ equivalent, or vise-vera.
- The State of the Freelancer: I love me some nice infographics.Especially helpful ones.
- CBS will Remove some Showtime Shows from Netflix (bgr):Â Translation: People weren’t buying Californication or Dexter on DVD anymore. I guess I won’t become a Californication fan then…
- Friday by Rebecca Black- Cover by Matt Mulholland (youtube): Awesome. Thank you @joelmchale
- What we Have to See in iOS 5 (brg): He’s right on all account, especially that people are going to buy it anyway.
- Amazon.com lets you play with an Android virtual machine, try apps before you buy them (engadget): This is pure awesome. Couple that with the fact that they give an app away everyday, and you’ve got a really great Android Market competitor.
- 5 Things They Never Told You (cracked): This is by far the best cracked.com article I’ve ever read.
- 18 Million WordPress.com Websites Now Available in iPad Format (mashable): They are using a (free!) plugin called onswipe. It’s now being used on this site as well!
- The Path to Productivity: Short Hours, More Breaks (workawesome): I like to break my day down into tasks that I complete then follow with a quick break. However, if I am in a groove, do not disturb me!
- Web Standards Sherpa: This website sets out to promote web standards through articles and feedback from the experts! If you’re a web developer, this is a no-brainer as far as must reads goes.
- Microsoft to Discontinue Zune (bgr):Â That is a damn shame, as the Zune is a MUCH better mp3 player than the iPod. Maybe if Microsoft ran an ad or two…
- Making Twitter More Secure: HTTPS: Twitter has now added an option to force all of your Twitter dealings to use secured browsing. I strongly recommend turning this setting on.
- You Have a Disease; Here’s the Cure (nettuts+): Just because the Internet is always on doesn’t mean we have to be too.
- Microsoft is More Ethical than Google, Apple, and Facebook: Take note, Fanboys (as a Google Fanboy, I am included)
- Android’s Browser is Way Faster than Safari on the iPhone (gizmodo): In the words of Steward Scott, booyahh.
- Over-the-Air iTunes Syncing now Free for Android (lifehacker): I’ve been testing Music WithMe- seemed shaky at first but it’s working now and is really awesome!
- Yanko Design: Some really inspiring & innovative product design here.
- Dabble.In: A new website that asks, “What do you Dabble?”
- 10 Tips for Working While on the Go (lifehacker): Pretty helpful stuff here- especially if you travel a lot.
- Why You Should Keep a Mileage Log (workawesome): This can save you quite a bit of money at tax time!
For the second part of this series, I want to talk about putting my new portfolio together. The portfolio is the most important area for a web developer because it gives the user insight into the type of work he or she does, so I wanted to do it right. It’s now in two places, and is managed a completely different way on the backend. Â Let’s take a look.
I’ve been using Twitter for Mac for a few days now after TweetDeck went AWOL and started using up all of my CPU on me; I’ve got some thoughts on it. I used Tweetie (the amazing Twitter app for Macs) for a while and loved it (who didn’t?); when they stopped updating it, I stopped using it. Now that it’s back as the official Twitter app for Macs, I’m back in and have high hopes. Here’s what I think.
[singlepic id=7 w=320 h=240 float=right]Â Last week I launched a redesign of my freelance site, Manifest Development. I started developing it in late November, and wanted to revamp the site completely from design to content. I got some feedback from my students during one class when we were talking about the importance of a small business’ website, and I wanted to integrate that, as well as some of the new things I learned over the last two years. I’m planning on making this a multipart series, and in today’s installment, I want to talk about the most important part of a website: The Homepage.
I won’t go too in-depth here, but I will describe the steps you need to take to move a WordPress website to a different host.
- Download all of the site files from the old host
- Export the entire database WordPress is using. If you’re not sure how to do that, there are instructions here.
- If there are existing files on the new host, back them up by downloading them. Do the same for any databases on the new host.
- Upload the site files from the old host to the new one.
- Create a new database on the new host. Each host is different, but you’ll have to create a database, a database user, and then give the database user all privileges on the new database.
- Import the database from the old host to the new database.
- Change the
wp-config.phpfile info to the new database name, host, username, and password.
Some Things to Consider:
- Most hosts keep the database host as
localhostbut not all of them. If you’re not sure what your host is, you should contact the new host’s support.
- This is just moving WordPress to a new sever; I assume you’ve already pointed the domain. If you’re changing domains, you will also have to change all of the domain references in the WordPress database, most notably in the
wp_optionstable (there are two references there). If you don’t change the
wp_optionstable, your site will not work. The best way to change all of the references (most of which being in the
poststable) is probably to do a Find/Replace on the
.sqlfile in your favorite text editor after you complete step 2.
- If you’re moving a WordPress MU/Multisite install, you will also have to configure the sever to handle subdomains. The codex has instructions on how to do that here.