Jan 13, 2012

ColorLabs WordPress Themes Giveaway : Winner Announced

ColorLabs WordPress Themes Giveaway : Winner Announced  阅读原文»


Colorlabs Theme Giveaway by WordPress Hosting WPWebHost


Our latest Tweet and Win Giveaway which we collaborated with ColorLabs that was held on last December has ended. It’s time to announce the lucky winners for this game. We, WPWebHost team would like to congratulate the lucky 3 winners and they are:



Congratulations to this 3 lucky winners again and you will receive our email shortly for further details.

To those who did not manage to win this giveaway, stay tuned as there will be next giveaway in a few days time and also there will be more surprises from WPWebHost. Thanks to all who participated this contest.


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Jan 10, 2012

Simple guidelines for WordPress 3.3 updates

Simple guidelines for WordPress 3.3 updates  阅读原文»


If you have not yet updated your blog to WordPress 3.3, try using the auto-updating feature first. But make sure you have performed a back-up of your blog. If time is limited, pay attention to backup these important elements:

a.) root directory .htaccess
b.) wp-config.php
c.) wp-content directory
d.) other important scripts in your blog (custom-made and not part of the WordPress core files).
e.) WordPress database
f.) robots.txt � if you are using this.
g.) wp-includes/languages �if your blog uses a language file.

The auto-updating feature in WordPress would safely bring your site to maintenance mode and update the core files to WordPress 3.3 quickly and easily.

Case#1: Auto-updating Fails

If auto-updating encounters an issue; then you can safely revert back to the previous version by following the procedures below:

1.) Login to your server root directory using FTP/SSH or your hosting control panel.
2.) Find the file named as (with dot before the file name):
3.) Delete this file to remove the maintenance mode message in your site.
4.) Clear your browser cache and history then your site should return back to normal.
5.) You can now login to your WordPress admin again but the core files are still not updated to use the latest version.
Aside from timeout issues (which you can safely click auto-update again when your server is not anymore busy); one of the common causes why auto-updating does not work is in relation to file permissions and owner settings in Apache server. To troubleshoot:

1.) Check if your WordPress directory and folders are using correct file permissions, some guide:
a.) wp-content, wp-admin, wp-includes is using 755.
b.) WordPress core PHP scripts (index.php, etc.) are using 644.
c.) Other wordpress folders such as "upgrade", "themes", "uploads", "plugins", etc. will be using 755.

2.) If any of the above items are not in the proper file permissions, try changing them to designated permissions. You can use Filezilla FTP client to do these changes. To do this, login to your server using Filezilla; right click in affected WordPress folders or scripts then click "File permissions".

3.) Check if your WordPress directory is owned by you. To do this, login to your WordPress root directory and make sure all files and directories are owned by your assigned username (which you use when logging in FTP or SSH). See screenshot below:

In the above example, the username assigned by the hosting company is "phpdevel" and the WordPress directory is owned by this username also. This is correct. The group can be owned also by you or another party but it's the owner that is important. If the owner is not the same, you need to contact your hosting company.

3.) If all file permissions and ownerships are in place; try performing the auto-update again. It should be working fine.
If it still fails, delete .maintenance and you need to manually update WordPress core files. Read this guide on how to safely update WordPress core files manually.

Follow the steps in the first section: "Overview of the Upgrade Process" except that after "Step3. Verify the backups"; you need to bring your site to maintenance mode first by:

a.) Create a PHP script and named it as 503.php with the source code below:

header('HTTP/1.1 503 Service Temporarily Unavailable');
header('Status: 503 Service Temporarily Unavailable');
header('Retry-After: 10800');
header('X-Powered-By:'); ?>
<h1>Doing maintenance</h1>
<p>This site is under maintenance right now.</p>
<p>This should be ready again in under 3 hours.</p>

You can change the number of maintenance hours from 3 hours to any number of hours by converting the number of hours first to seconds and then replacing 10800 seconds in:

header('Retry-After: 10800');

b.) Open your current WordPress .htaccess and paste the code below starting on the first line of your .htaccess

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
# Allow blog admin to access the website normally
RewriteCond %{REMOTE_ADDR} !^91\.210\.196\.8
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/503\.php
RewriteRule .* 503.php [L]

Replace with your own IP address which you can find here. This will let you login and access your WordPress site normally while other visitors (bots, etc.) to your blog will be provided with a 503 temporary not available status.

c.) Upload your .htaccess and 503.php to your WordPress root directory.
d.) Check if 503 server header status are now returned in your blog using this server header status checker.

If the homepage now returns 503 header status then proceed with deactivating the plug-ins and the rest of the manual updating process as stated in this guide.

To remove maintenance mode, simply delete 503.php in your WordPress root directory and remove the maintenance code in your .htaccess.

Special case to those that are still using PHP 4 and MySQL 4: As of WordPress 3.2, the minimum hosting requirements is changed to PHP 5 and MySQL 5. So if you are still using PHP 4 or MySQL 4, you need to upgrade them first before upgrading WordPress to use WordPress 3.3.

Case#2: Auto-update successful but Returning with Errors

In this case, you have succeeded updated your blog to WordPress 3.3 but the site runs unstable or returning a lot of errors. There are two possible causes for this:

1.) Plug-in related issues.
2.) Theme related issues.

The first thing to check is whether plug-in related issues exist. To troubleshoot, refer to the steps below:

1.) Put your website in maintenance mode (refer to previous section for guide).
2.) Disable all plug-ins first. If you cannot access to admin panel for some reasons, you can read some guide here.
3.) Enable the plug-ins one by one and check your blog for the presence of errors or blog instability. If you are using a caching plugin, enable it last because it can be difficult to check if other plugins are working with caching enabled. Remember all the configuration settings so that you can safely revert to it.
4.) Continue doing this until a certain plug-in returns with error. This is an incompatible plug-in with WordPress 3.3. Disable them back.
5.) Continue with the rest of the plug-ins until you have completed testing all of them.
6.) Finally enable the cache plugin with the settings you have been using before. If it returns an error; then the caching plugin you are using is not compatible with WordPress 3.3.

What to do with incompatible plug-in?

1.) Contact the plugin developer for updates and report that the plug-in is incompatible with WordPress 3.3. In some cases, you can go to the plugin page in WordPress to check if it's compatible with version 3.3.
2.) If there is already an update available to sort out the incompatibility issues; update them before enabling them for use with WordPress 3.3.
3.) If there is no update available, you can either:

a.) Do not update to WordPress version 3.3 until the new version would be released.
b.) Remove the plug-in if the feature is not very important to your blog functionality and operation.
c.) Replace the plug-in with other compatible plug-in.

To troubleshoot for theme related incompatibilities. Follow the troubleshooting steps below:

1.) Put your site in maintenance mode.
2.) Login to your WordPress admin panel and change your WordPress theme to "Twenty Eleven".
3.) Check whether those errors are gone by switching to Twenty Eleven.

If the errors are gone, then your theme is not compatible with WordPress 3.3 you have to report that to the theme developer and have it fixed. If for some reason you cannot login to your admin dashboard; you need to login to your WordPress website via FTP/SSH and then manually remove all themes (do not forget to back up your original theme files) except "Twenty Eleven". This action would force WordPress to use Twenty Eleven.

Case#3: Theme errors due to overwritten WordPress core files

If you have edited your WordPress core scripts (which are not advisable) then updating to WordPress 3.3 can introduce errors because your changes will be overwritten.
To resolve this issue:

a.) Look for compatible plug-in that will replace the functionality removed by the update. Or edit only your theme files to add the features.
b.) Do not anymore edit the WordPress core files to prevent this issue from happening again in the future.
Finally for cases that are not mentioned in this post, you can refer to t


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Help Stop SOPA/PIPA  阅读原文»

You are an agent of change. Has anyone ever told you that? Well, I just did, and I meant it.

Normally we stay away from from politics here at the official WordPress project — having users from all over the globe that span the political spectrum is evidence that we are doing our job and democratizing publishing, and we don’t want to alienate any of our users no matter how much some of us may disagree with some of them personally. Today, I’m breaking our no-politics rule, because there’s something going on in U.S. politics right now that we need to make sure you know about and understand, because it affects us all.

Using WordPress to blog, to publish, to communicate things online that once upon a time would have been relegated to an unread private journal (or simply remained unspoken, uncreated, unshared) makes you a part of one of the biggest changes in modern history: the democratization of publishing and the independent web. Every time you click Publish, you are a part of that change, whether you are posting canny political insight or a cat that makes you LOL. How would you feel if the web stopped being so free and independent? I’m concerned freaked right the heck out about the bills that threaten to do this, and as a participant in one of the biggest changes in modern history, you should be, too.

You may have heard people talking/blogging/twittering about SOPA — the Stop Online Piracy Act. The recent SOPA-related boycott of GoDaddy was all over the news, with many people expressing their outrage over the possibilities of SOPA, but when I ask people about SOPA and its sister bill in the Senate, PIPA (Protect IP Act), many don’t really know what the bills propose, or what we stand to lose. If you are not freaked out by SOPA/PIPA, please: for the next four minutes, instead of checking Facebook statuses, seeing who mentioned you on Twitter, or watching the latest episode of Sherlock*, watch this video (by Fight for the Future).

Some thoughts:

  • In the U.S. our legal system maintains that the burden of proof is on the accuser, and that people are innocent until proven guilty. This tenet seems to be on the chopping block when it comes to the web if these bills pass, as companies could shut down sites based on accusation alone.
  • Laws are not like lines of PHP; they are not easily reverted if someone wakes up and realizes there is a better way to do things. We should not be so quick to codify something this far-reaching.
  • The people writing these laws are not the people writing the independent web, and they are not out to protect it. We have to stand up for it ourselves.

Blogging is a form of activism. You can be an agent of change. Some people will tell you that taking action is useless, that online petitions, phone calls to representatives, and other actions won’t change a single mind, especially one that’s been convinced of something by lobbyist dollars. To those people, I repeat the words of Margaret Mead:

Never doubtthat a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

We are not a small group. More than 60 million people use WordPress — it’s said to power about 15% of the web. We can make an impact, and you can be an agent of change. Go to Stop American Censorship for more information and a bunch of ways you can take action quickly, easily, and painlessly. The Senate votes in two weeks, and we need to help at least 41 more senators see reason before then.Please.Make your voice heard.

*Yes, the latest episode of Sherlock is good. Stephen Moffatt + Russell Tovey = always good


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