Cleaning Up Your WordPress Database

November 19, 2012

Problem: Difficulty importing or exporting large WordPress database files.
Over the years, one of my blogs has acquired upwards of 1,000 posts and 10,000 comments, and I’ve changed hosting companies 3 or 4 different times. Each time, I’ve experienced various degrees of hassle related to the exporting and importing of the large database files. The first time I changed hosting companies, I used the standard WordPress export functionality, resulting in an XML file upwards of 40MB. Trying to import this file via WordPress was a total nightmare, which I eventually solved by using this Python script to split the export file into about 40 smaller chunks, and uploading each one by one. Not fun!

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Migrating Fast Secure Contact Form

November 16, 2012

Problem: Fast Secure Contact Form (FSCF) not working after migrating to new server.
A while back I was looking for a quick ‘n dirty contact form when I came across FSCF by Mike Challis. One can download FSCF as PHP script or WordPress plugin (I’ve used both), and I found the software easy to install, configure and use. However, when it came time to change servers, I ran into a little bit of trouble. After uploading the contact files to my new server, the form wouldn’t display. Now, I didn’t expect it to work right away, as I figured I would need to change the contact form path in the file that calls the script (email.html in my case):

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The LEGO Adventure Book

August 10, 2012

“Thank you for such a killer cover! While promoting my book over here in Europe I have received great feedback. It turned out brilliantly! It was great to work with you.”—Megan Rothrock, Author

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The Dawn Will Break

November 3, 2011

“I have hired Chris to design and write code for several websites. I have always found him to be very knowledgeable and efficient. The results speak for themselves.”—David Alexander, Owner, Platypus Productions

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Bizarro Heroes

August 28, 2011

Book Layout Bizarro Heroes

“I love the book. I think it turned out great and has a terrific look about it. Thanks so much for all you did!” —Dan Piraro

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