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Cheap Host Review … 6 Months on, Here’s the Verdict

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When I researched cheap-as-chips ISPs, 6 months ago, I got fed up with all the false friend posts, blog posts that sell you on whatever ISP – Lunarpages, IX, HostGator, GoDaddy, DreamHost, MonsterHost, HostThis, ThatHost – basically telling you they're all great and just “Sign Up Here”. Damn annoying! Here's some reality.

As a Lunarpages reseller * I ...

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Video How-to: 10 Tips To Make WordPress Hack-Proof

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UPDATE: Sept 2013

This post has turned into a site, possibly the most complete WordPress security site ever produced.

Featuring hundreds of tutorials & forums, check it out: wpCop: Secure WordPress. Properly.


Securing WordPress isn't this easy!

Yeah, sorry to break it to you but, having spent the last couple of years immersed ...

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15 Ways to Protest About Facebook’s Content Scraping Strategy

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So, what's the problem? Facebook's already about-faced, yeah? Your content is safe, huh? ‘Cos the debate about your content in Facebook's hands has been all over the blogoswhatnot, featured on webzines and buried down CNN's running order. It's Digged to death, done ‘n dusted?


If you saw any Facebook exec interviewed about this, the nuance is more about, “er, we'll have to educate our ...

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Facebook – Cool, huh! (Except They Want To Steal Your Content?)

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If you use Facebook. And value your content and identity. You need to read this.

A few weeks ago I wrote a series of posts about online anonymity and safe surfing. There was a section about social networks. Apparently it wasn't big enough.

Facebook has gone a ...

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Video How-to: Backup & Restore a Database with phpMyAdmin

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How often do you backup your mySQL database? Does the idea fill you with horror? Or do you think the “full backup” option at your ISP covers the database too?

If the answers are “not often enough, pretty much, and not so sure” then here's some help.

Watch this video to see just how fast ‘n easy it is to backup & ...

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WordPress Upgrade Error Solved – Fatal error: Cannot redeclare pclziputilpathreduction()

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If you've tried upgrading a recent version of WordPress and received this error…

Fatal error: Cannot redeclare pclziputilpathreduction()

…here's what you do.

In a nutshell, deactivate the plugin “WordPress Automatic Upgrade”, then try again and WordPress should upgrade without a hitch.

Here's the explanatory video I posted on YouTube about this error, and how to fix it.

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LunarPages Hacked My Site!!

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If you stopped by in the last day or so you may have thought I'd jacked it all in.

What happened, where did I go?

Well, I'm sorry, but my ISP, Lunarpages hacked my site, pulled it down and stamped on it. It wasn't entirely their fault, but their mixed support was, and I'll be blogging about that, as ...

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Video How-to: Install & Configure a WordPress Plugin

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One of the great things about the WordPress blog platform is how adaptable it is. Need some special functionality? There's bound to be a plugin – an extension – that will help.

This tutorial, complete with video, shows you how to install a WordPress plugin and, from there, how ...

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Surf Fast with Google Chrome – here’s the cheatsheet

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Speed up your surfing or web development with Google's web browser. Here is how.

I'm finding Google Chrome really useful. It's sped up my workload.

Sure, it lacks some of the goodybag trimmings of Opera and, especially, Firefox, but I reckon Google Chrome is just about the ...

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5 Jan 09 Blog Summary. What did you think? And forward to February… But what do you want?

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First up, and with this blog being so new, thank you for reading, and a big thank you to my feed subscribers. Hey, I appreciate your support … I'll wear it always. 🙂 launched in November and, blog-wise, began to get in the swing of things in the last few weeks. In other words, it ...

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