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Things are not quite right with your site. You have tried troubleshooting the issue for the last four hours and you are getting frustrated. Then you remember that you have been making daily backups of your site. The question is, "How do I restore my site from the backup?" This tutorial will take your through the steps!

This tutorial assumes you are using Automatic Wordpress Backup Plugin and that you have a backup ready to go. For instructions on how to create a back up please see the How to Automatically Backup Wordpress tutorial.

 

Access Automatic Wordpress Backup

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In your administrator section, go to Plugins >> Automatic Wordpress Backup >> Settings.

 

Restore

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Scroll down and go to the Restore from a backup tab.

Select the backup you wish to use and configure appropriately.

Restore from backup when finished.

 

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Select OK if you are sure you want to run the restore. A manual backup will be created prior to running the restore in case you wanted to revert back.

Once you click ok, it will run the restore and then refresh once completed. Give it time to complete the restore; the larger the backup file the more time it will take.

That's it! You have just restored your site!

| WordPress

Backup! Backup! Backup! There are few things more frustrating than having to redo an entire site from scratch after a major issue occurs with the site, whether that be an unidentifiable error, a hacked site, etc. If you have a backup in place, you will greatly reduce your work and keep your sanity.

This tutorial will walk you through how to automatically backup your wordpress site on a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule by using the Automatic Wordpress Backup Plugin and Amazon S3. Let's get started!

 

Install Automatic Wordpress Backup Plugin

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In your administrator section go to Plugins >> Add New.

In the search field type in Automatic Wordpress Backup.

Click Search.

 

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Find Automatic Wordpress Backup. Make sure it is the right plugin by checking in the Description that the author is Dan Coulter.

Install Now.

 

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Select OK.

 

Activate the Automatic Wordpress Backup Plugin

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Select Activate Plugin.

 

Configure Access Keys

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Click on Settings.

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We need to get this information from our Amazon Web Services (AWS) Account.

If you do not have an account, you can register here (Please read all the terms and conditions):
http://aws.amazon.com/s3/

Or you can sign up for their free version here (Please read all the terms and conditions):
http://aws.amazon.com/free/

**Be sure to register and confirm your S3 account. If you get any errors in Wordpress that you do not have any account, it means that you have not completed all the steps for registration, which includes confirmation.

 

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Log into your AWS account (http://aws.amazon.com/s3/). Scroll down to the Access Credentials section. Copy the Access Key.

 

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Go back to your Wordpress site and paste the Access Key in the AWS Access Key field.

 

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Go back to your AWS account. Click on Show under the Secret Access Key area then copy the Secret Access Key.

 

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Go back to your Wordpress site and paste the Secret Access Key in the AWS Access Key field.

 

Choose Your Level of Gratitude and Save

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Choose how you wish to support the developer(s).

Select Save Changes.

 

Create Bucket and Configure

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Every object stored in Amazon S3 is contained within a bucket. A bucket must be unique, thus to ensure that it is unique you can name it yoursite.com-backup. Enter Bucket.

Configure appropriately.

Save Changes and Backup Now.

 

Check Your Backup

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Click Refresh Now.

 

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Your Manual Backup is completed and everything is setup for automatic backups as per your configuration!

That is all there is to it! Easy as 1-2-3!

Washington DC Drupal

Drupal is taking off in Washington D.C.

At the beginning of 2010 we were running our Beginner and Intermediate Drupal classes every three months in Washington D.C. 

The classes became increasingly popular so that by summer and fall we were running the pair every two months.

In November and December we tried once every month and that worked too. So, that's becoming our plan going forward in Washington:

We're going to be running a Beginner and Intermediate Drupal class in the second week of every month

Here are the first class dates for 2011:

| Drupal

Drupal's search module allows your site's users to search both the content on the site and also the registered users.

In order for your users to use the search feature, you must enable it first. Let's get started.

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| Drupal

Perhaps one of most frightening things for novice Drupal adminsitrators is finding out they forgot to set the site back to Online before logging out. In panic, they scream, "How can I get my site back Onine?! I can't even log in!!!!"

When the site is set to Off-line, there is no login at www.mysite.com, as there usually is. This is to prevent your sites users from logging in as maintenance is done. So let's quickly show how to log in.

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| Drupal

This tutorial will walk you through, step-by-step, how to update your Drupal module to a new version.

Please make sure you have fully backed up your site before proceeding.

Download and Extract the New Module

Go to http://drupal.org/project/modules and download the new version of the module, then extract the module folder. For more detailed instruction on how to download and extract, please visit the first few steps of our How to Install a Drupal Module tutorial.

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| Drupal

This tutorial will show you how to install a module in order to add new functionality to your Drupal site. Modules are user contributed add-ons for Drupal which allow you to extend Drupal’s core functionality. Let's get started!

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Post by Email to Your WordPress Blog

By default WordPress allows you to write posts on your WordPress blog simply by sending an email.

However, as the video below makes clear, that default feature is fairly limited.

In this tutorial we'll show you how to set up your blog so that creating your posts by email is both fun and easy. The solution is the Postie plugin.

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| Drupal

This tutorial will show you how to take a block and place it inside a Drupal node.

Often this is done through one of two methods:

  1. With modules such as Panels or Context which allows you to easily place blocks and many other Drupal items inside nodes.
  2. With PHP code snippets.

However, sometimes Panels and PHP are too complex and you need a quicker and easier solution. Enter the "Insert Block" module. Here's how to use it:

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200 Joomla Drupal WordPress ClassesLast year in early December we reached a key milestone in our growth: 100 live classes.

That landmark coincided with the holiday season so we celebrated by giving back: we held a free class for 16 non-profit organizations in Atlanta.

Fast forward almost a year and last week we hit another milestone: 200 live classes!

Those Joomla and Drupal classes were held all across North America and England, from Los Angeles to London and from Vancouver to Miami.

This year's landmark also coincided with the holiday season and so we've decided to give back again, only bigger and better:

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| Drupal

This tutorial is designed to do two things:

  1. Show you how to sort Drupal nodes alphabetically
  2. Introduce you to the Views module

Views is, without question, the most important Drupal module that is not in the core. It allows you to use a graphical interface to sort and organize all your nodes. It a powerful but also complex module and it can take a lot of time to learn all its features. This tutorial will only help you get your feet wet.

This particular tutorial was inspired by a site member who had the contact details of many employees stored as nodes. They wanted to make an alphabetical directory of all the staff members.

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| Drupal

Creating a photo gallery is the same as with most things in Drupal: there are many different ways to reach your goal.

In this tutorial we're going to show you the quickest and easiest way: using the Node Gallery module.

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This tutorial will show you how to move a WordPress site from one folder to another.

In our example we're going to move the WP site from a folder called /blog/ and place it in the root of our site. That means that instead of accessing the site from http://example.com/blog/ we can now go directly to http://example.com.

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This tutorial will show you how to split a long WordPress post or page into several sections. People will click 1, 2, 3 to go to the first, second or third page respectively.

Open Up A Post or Page

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In order to split a post or page, we need to edit it directly. Go ahead and open up the post or page and then clck HTML in the top right corner.

Insert the Pagebreak Code

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Insert this code into the article anywhere you want a pagebreak:

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Save the post or page and visit the front of your site. You should that pagination has now been created at the bottom of the article.

| Drupal

One of the most frequent questions we've had in our Drupal training classes is ... "Does Drupal have a good file manager?".

The class attendees had often found solutions, but they were cobbled together from an assortment of modules and often lacked common features in file managers.

Our answer is Filedepot, which is an advanced file manager that works right out of the box and relies only on the CCK and Filefield modules.

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