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This is just a quick video (3 Mins 35 Sec) to show how to update or change (CHMOD) file permissions and file attributes using ftp software: –

you can grab the free FileZilla FTP software I use in the video here:

FileZilla Download

well that was a fun hour or so!</p>

This blog, BlogTactics.com, was down for a while earlier today, apparently the server it’s hosted on was under some form of attack and it took the host company a while to get it sorted out and back up and running.

They’re a good hosting company who I’ve used for almost two years without any previous problems, so it was reassuring to see that they were able to sort out the problem reasonably quickly.

But when I came back to the blog after being told it was back up and running I found the standard WordPress install screen..

It took me a bit of digging to find out what the problem was, the WP_Options table in MySQL was “crashed” and needed to be repaired, not something I’ve had to do before…

So it then took a few quick skype conversations with a couple of friends to work out what might fix the problem, 10 minutes later and it’s back up and running!

 Phew! :grin:

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Moving Your Blog

As I&#8217;ve been moving some of my old sites and blogs to a new web host (as mentioned in my Cheap Reseller Web hosting Post) I thought I’d take the opportunity to make a tutorial video showing how to move your wordpress blog by backing it up using the WP Backup Plugin and restoring it on to a new host using the MySQL PHPMyAdmin facility in cPanel.

It’s not actually as difficult as that may make it sound. If you’re a newbie or technophobe when it comes to using the cPanel hosting fetures it may sound a bit scary, but this video shows that it’s really just a case of clicking on the right links in cpanel and then browsing to the saved backup file on your hard disk to import the whole thing and get your blog back up and running on the new host.

here’s the link for the WP DB Backup plugin:

 http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-db-backup/

The video is a bit long, over 10 mins in total, as I also go through using the plugin to save the backup, as well as changing the nameservers to move your blog/domain to the new hosting plan.

I published my first wordpress podcast on this blog a couple of days ago (http://blogtactics.com/neil-shearings-fun-audio-marketing-competition/) and it was a piece of cake to do thanks to the Podpress Podcast plugin and I promised to do a video showing how to get the plugin up and running, so here it is:

I’ve started using Podcasts on a couple of my other blogs as well, check them out here:

http://mattgarrett.com/matt-garrett-life-online/

http://imtesting.com/stumbleupon-ads-traffic/

Earlier today I posted a video to show just how easy it is to create your your own favicon using a free graphics tool called Gimp, so here’s the second video to show you how to add your new favicon to your blog or website, it’s actually pretty simple…

This video is 4 minutes long.

note: favicons do not always show up immediatly, usually because your internet browser “caches” images to speed things up.

try hitting the F5 function key to refresh your browser and this may start your new favicon dislaying, if not, simply close your brower and try again in a while.

Adding a favicon to your site can help make your site “stick out” in your visitors mind and encourage them to bookmark your site and return again…

You&#8217;ve probably noticed that some sites have a different icon in your internet browser from the standard internet explorer or firefox icon.

Here’s a pic with a few example favicons on some of my sites:

example website favicons

Some of them actually look pretty cool, but more importantly, they help to “brand” a site and make it stand out.

The icon, called a “favicon”, is also used in the broswer “Favorites/bookmarked sites” list when a visitor adds that site, which again helps that site stand out and be easier to spot, making it more likely that the visitor will remember the site and come back.

so you probably want to know how easy it is to do this for your own blog or website, right..?
🙂

Here’s a video showing just how easy it is to create your own favicon using a graphics tools you can download for free here:

Gimp

This video is 6 Mins 5 seconds long.

Later today I’ll post another video showing you how to add the bit of html code you need to your blog or website to make your favicon show up, so stay tuned…
🙂

WordPress has a neat feature where it will automatically &#8220;ping” (i.e. inform) a list of RSS directories whenever you make a new post, which can get your blog some links and bring in extra traffic.

I’ve added a list of the sites I “ping” to my Free Internet Marketing Resources site, the video shows where to grab the zip file and how to put them in to your blog.

Another great aspect of using WordPress is the vast selection of &#8220;plugins” available.

These little plugin applications can do anything from helping stop comment spam (Akismet) to adding smiley’s to comment posts (wp-grin from AlexKing.org), and a whole lot more. I’ll post a list of my favorite plugins and what they do soon, but in the meantime, here’s a short video (3.34 mins) showing how to upload and activate new plugins for your WordPress Blog:

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