WordPress Administration

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Sometimes you may need to change the URL of your WordPress website. If you attended one of our WordPress training courses for example and used a temporary URL. This process is quite straightforward but you can break your site so proceed with caution and Backup your WordPress website first! Your domain needs to be up and running and pointing to your existing website. Step 1 - Backup your database! There's a separate guide on how to do this here Step 2 - Install Better Search
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It is recommended that every website uses an SSL certificate. An SSL certificate encrypts data transmitted between the users computer and the website that has the certificate installed. Google will penalise you in search results for not having an SSL certificate, and popular browsers are now presenting users with increasingly stark security warnings when visiting a website that doesn't use SSL. Do I already have an SSL certificate? Have a look in your browser address bar. If the web address
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When you create a new page, post, prodict or other content type within WordPress, a new web address (often known as a permalink) is created automatically from the content title. (The section of the web address relating specifically to that piece of content, created automatically is called the 'slug'). Changing this is very straightforward. Once the content has been published, you can simply edit the slug within the post edit window The problem with this is that once you have
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If your WordPress website is not loading or is experience other errors, it may be useful to turn on debug mode. This will output messages to the screen that may be useful in identifying a website issue. Turn on WordPress Debug mode Open the file wp-config.php in your website root directory for editing Locate the line define('WP_DEBUG', false); and replace with define('WP_DEBUG', true); Save the file. Errors will now visible on your WordPress
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Sometimes when looking at your WordPress Page, Post ot Product index you might notice that some columns are missing. This is one of our most asked questions and luckily it's very simple to solve! In the top right of your WordPress Dashboard is a small tab marked Screen Options. Clicking this will open the Screen Options section which will allow you to turn admin columns on or off. Don't forget to hit Apply when
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When uploading an image or other media to the WordPress Media Library, you may receive an error: File exceeds the maximum upload size for this site. This is due to a setting on your webserver. If you are not confident changing server settings you can speak to you webhost who may change this setting for you. If you are comfortable changing settings, there are a couple of options Use cPanel Functionality If your website uses cPanel, there will often be a PHP Version Selector or
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To get a local copy of a WordPress website you will need to follow these steps. In the first instance, make sure you have WAMP, MAMP or LAMP installed (Apache, MySql,PHP). You should also install phpMyAdmin and have that running locally. There are lots of guides onthe web for this. You will also need Filezilla FTP client (or similar) and access to an FTP account on site you are cloning, and access to phpmyadmin. Create a fresh WordPress install on your local computer and check it all
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It is possible to set the site URL manually in the wp-config.php file to override the database values. This is useful when syncing a database from the live site. Add these two lines to your wp-config.php, where “example.com” is the correct location of your site. define('WP_HOME','http://example.com'); define('WP_SITEURL','http://example.com'); Reference:
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In some case, you may need to install WordPress in a subdirectory (eg /subdirectory/) but have it appear as though it’s in the root. WordPress Settings In Settings > General WordPress Address: http://www.example.com/subdirectory Site Address: http://www.example.com Add .htaccess file to subdirectory Place standard .htaccess file in the WordPress subdirectory and edit as follows: # BEGIN WordPress RewriteEngine On RewriteBase /subdirectory/ RewriteRule