Installing WordPress 2.9.2 on Windows Server 2003 using Microsoft's Web Platform Installer

  • March 12, 2010
  • James Skemp
I recently had need to install and test WordPress for some possible work. While I was tempted to go the Linux route, shortly after the OS was setup I decided to skip that and stick with Windows. Since Microsoft has released a platform that supposedly makes it easy to install Web-related applications, I decided to give it a try to determine just how simple it was. What follows is an overview of the setup process to install WordPress 2.

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WordPress 2.2.1 Import/Export function problems

  • July 18, 2007
  • James Skemp
I had the 'opportunity' today to import a WordPress blog from one server to another. While WordPress 2.2.x no comes with built-in functionality to export, and then import, an XML file, I've found that it's anything but simple and trustworthy. It seems that there may be a built-in limit to the amount of posts that can be imported. For me, I had to do an initial import (the XML file was approximately 2.

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BlogEngine.NET - now used by StrivingLife

  • July 13, 2007
  • James Skemp
With a new host, comes a unique move. Previously I was using WordPress, since I was hosted on a Linux (shared) server. Fortunately, I've decided to move to a Windows VPS, since the month of June was full of either slow down, or completely down, times. Since I don't want to install PHP and MySQL (which I would want to pay for the external dbs anyway), I've decided to switch my content out of WordPress.

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More comments in WordPress 2.1.2

  • March 25, 2007
  • James Skemp

I noticed the other day that after upgrading to WordPress 2.1.2, many of the ads that the AdSense-Deluxe plugin was adding were not getting really getting added.

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The major failing of Akismet ...

  • February 25, 2007
  • James Skemp

The major failing of the Akismet plug-in is that you can't determine which IPs, if any, are spamming your site the most.

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The WordPress calendar is a table

  • January 15, 2007
  • James Skemp

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WordPress: Fake user registrations

  • December 11, 2006
  • James Skemp
For the past couple days I've noticed a rash of fake user account's being created.  I wonder if this isn't meant to be some new way to possibly exploit WordPress. I've kept the original emails I received from WordPress, and am very tempted to delete the accounts.  However, WordPress only seems to allow the deletion of accounts.  What if I want to 'ban' an account/username/email? I suppose I'll have to go find a plugin, or build one myself.

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1,000 spam caught by Akismet!

  • May 26, 2006
  • James Skemp

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The 'easy' way to add the description meta tag to WordPress posts

  • April 29, 2006
  • James Skemp
According to some people, the keywords meta tag has more relevancy/use than the description meta tag. Unfortunately, this is dead wrong. As I've been able to prove (for myself, at least) this last month, the meta description is quite alive and well. Why people think it's not only dead, but surpassed by the meta keywords (!!!), I'll never understand. (And, by the way, these were August '05, January '06 articles/posts.

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WP-ShortStat SQL queries

  • April 4, 2006
  • James Skemp
The wp-shortstat plugin, modified for WordPress 2.x use by Markus Kaemmerer, is a great little plugin. I've been using it since March 17, and since Markus has been doing a deal of updating (additional functionality, as well as bug fixes), I've been checking it on a regular basis (and have looked through the code more than once). However, since I started out by using 1.3, I've got a problem with old records skewing my stats.

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Upgrading (our local install of) WordPress

  • March 11, 2006
  • James Skemp

In a previous guide, we walked through installing WordPress on a local machine. This time, we'll be upgrading WordPress. For this guide, we'll be upgrading from WordPress 2.0.1 to 2.0.2. Note that this guide will work equally well for upgrading to 2.0.3, 2.0.4 or 2.0.5.

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Setting up WordPress on a local Web server

  • February 28, 2006
  • James Skemp

Note: This guide should work equally well for WordPress 2.0.2 and above. For a guide on upgrading this 2.0.1 install, see Upgrading (our local install of) WordPress.

In our previous tutorials, we setup an Apache-based Web server, on a Windows XP home computer. The Web server is also running PHP and MySQL, as well as ColdFusion MX. This time, we'll be installing WordPress onto our local Web server. This installation will require us to work with both PHP and MySQL, and we'll be able to setup any number of WordPresses after we have completed this one.

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WordPress 2.0? Not yet

  • December 31, 2005
  • James Skemp

So, WordPress 2.0 is out.

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Personalize WordPress and save yourself a headache

  • October 20, 2005
  • James Skemp

Did you know:

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