finding help with – WordPress multisite mapping issues and/or domain issues

I’ve started feeling like helping anyone in a public forum, such as Quora or the WordPress support forums, with WordPress multisite mapping issues and/or domain issues where I’m not given the domains is just too much like trying to build a ship in a bottle… Just way too much you can’t see or can’t touch because the bottle glass is in the way or distorting the view.

I understand that many people don’t want to expose their domain names but there are way too many variables starting with the domain name registration. I’ve had people tell me of their chosen domain name to find they misspelled it, plan to buy it in the future, and/or it’s not available for one of many reasons.

I’ve had them tell me WordPress keeps answering with a 404 error no matter what they do just to discover the error page is some custom page their host, their control panel, their CDN, or else their Proxy service gives out in lieu of a proper error page.

I did look over the details you gave but that’s a poor second to watching a ‘success or failure’ on my own screen when I look on my own system. So read the many answers already offered for this subject across the Web and including this forum. Read the multitude of documents already available. If you can’t then figure it out ask again but give all the details you can give.

In your case, it may also be a cache issue… quick way to find out is to go to another PC, laptop, or notebook even and type in the domain… that’s exactly what I would have done from here if I’d been given your domain name… and I’d probably have drilled down further into the issue if that would not have worked.

Please also remember that the WordPress moderation team doesn’t redact domain information on their forums after the fact… If you really don’t want to expose your domain names publically then hire someone who can (WILL) sign an NDA or won’t expose your information unnecessarily.

PS. If you really need my attention specifically then Quora gives me a bit more options up to and including personal contact via email or phone even. https://www.quora.com/profile/Jeff-Hawkins-1

I’m playing with an Idea

I’m thinking about building a WordPress website astride a pair or trio of VPS…

My thoughts are the website itself on Multisite WordPress… the MySQL database sharded across the three servers, an IPFS file server, Diaspora, Mastodon, and a Nginx proxy for the website.

I’m anticipating a second multisite to run the backend offloaded RSS and content editing tasks…

I’m thinking of dropping all the paperwork and a laptop to admin the whole system into a  briefcase. That laptop would have all the tools I use to run a website including a set of backup files. a local host for testing purposes, a copy of HTTrack, the guided Tour files, and remote MySQL for maintenance.

I’m toying with the WordPress itself being static and headless, with a CDN to serve up files and Cloudflare.

This would be a great multifaceted social networking site with the Diaspora and Mastodon twins, a really nice website to tie this all together and enough tools and horsepower that the new owner could run a WordPress based webhosting operation off the system.

The servers would most likely run a VestaCP control panel to ease some of the chores and I’m thinking package the whole with some sort of domain resellers hosting so the whole operation could offer a one-stop shop operation.

Maybe formed up as a LLC would make it easy enough to sell off once I’m satisfied with it.

I’m interested in your thoughts…

Fiber Optic Internet

I was reading something yesterday about how America needed a strong Fiber Optic Network policy.

That sounds so very cool and I really would like to have Fiber Optic Internet and the speeds it promises but… Fiber is an upgrade to what we have… it’s not the answer. I’m thinking we need more connectivity and multi-homed routing within our homes, schools, shops, and offices.

My vision is Internet connectivity via the power lines that serve any building that is ‘on the grid’. If you have commercial power and an appropriate router then you’ll have the basic Internet. You’ll have a static IPV6 internet address. It might not be fast but it would be available normally.

I’m also thinking DSL should be available wherever someone would want a telephone on the ‘POTS’ system… the regular dialup system supplanted by DSL. With that power line router now being multihomed with both the powerline and the DSL connection.

So, a home or office would have a basic power line Internet connection and, if they wanted a phone, they would have a faster, multihomed Internet connection making use of that powerline Internet and the phone line’s DSL service.

I’m thinking the power company would provide the Internet connection for free to any consumer who has an account in good standing. The router would be leased for a very low fee and possibly provided for anyone with a student of any sort for free. There could be upgraded routers and plans to create a secondary business for the power company or their designated subsidiary or contractor(s).

Those people opting for a DSL service would then return the power company’s router and make use of the phone companies router with a supplementary powerline connection. (You need power for the router anyway, so adding a simple Powerline Internet interface to the DSL router shouldn’t be that difficult.

A further option would be the use of any cellular bandwidth available when the cell subscriber is home… The cell phone(s) would be placed in a charging cradle that would multi-home the cell phone’s internet connectivity with the power company’s and/or the DSL router(s).

A hierarchal system of connectivity payments would then pay the power company a small fee for providing the lowest level of internet service where the basic Internet connection resides.

The next level above cellular would be the cable router for those people who opted for a cable company service. That router would replace any powerline, cellular, or DSL router. A system of trickle down payments would compensate the lower level providers for the enhanced services and bandwidth they might offer.

So how would it work? You’d fire up your PC and immediately have the Internet via the powerline connection. That would be a basic level service which could actually be fine for most users.

Next level would be that DSL service if the subscriber opted for a landline.

Next up would be the ‘cradled’ cell phone connections sitting in the charging/docking routers.

After that might be the broadband cable modem… There’s then that fiber Optic service and any other technologies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are Two Major Kinds of WordPress

There are two major kinds of WordPress

  1. WordPress dot com – Free and paid WordPress in a turnkey hosted package
  2. Self-hosted WordPress – Sometimes called WordPress dot org (but that causes a good bit of confusion)

The two kinds of WordPress can be further divided into Several Kinds of WordPress

WordPress dot com – Free and paid WordPress in a turnkey hosted package

  1. WordPress Dot Com – The Free WordPress Hosting Service – This is a great place to start out with WordPress… A free account at WordPress will help you later if you move up to self-hosted WordPress! Especially if you wish to run Jetpack and Akismet
  2. WordPress Dot Com – The Paid and ‘VIP’ Hosting Services – You might like this product from WordPress Dot Com as you’ll get a high level of support and at the same time you’ll have WordPress with a safety net where you don’t need to worry much about the Day to Day maintenance or update duties.

Self-hosted WordPress – Sometimes called WordPress dot org (but that causes a good bit of confusion) – let’s just call it self-hosted!

  1. Self Hosted – On some server account somewhere
  2. Locally Hosted – On a server owned by the individual or
    company involved in using it
Self-hosted and Locally Hosted WordPress can be further divided into
  1. Single Installs
  2. Multisite
  3. Multiple Installs
  4. Multinetwork/Multisite

Alternatives to WordPress dot com

WPEngine – A fine hosting service that’s well worth the money

WordsRack – Another fine hosting service that’s well worth the money and is closely coupled to Cloudflare

GuidedWP – My own service where I specialize in solutions and working myself plum out of a job! I’ll work closely with your choice of webhosts.

 

WordPress Website Assistance

For several years now I’ve offered to help people with the technical side of their WordPress based websites.

I’ve done that professionally and I also do some voluntary work. Most of my voluntary efforts are concentrated by answering questions on Quora.com and further by participating in the support forums at WordPress dot org.

Links below…

https://www.quora.com/

https://wordpress.org/support/

I’ve noticed a lot of new blogs and startup businesses with questions. If you need help… find me or someone like me on those outlets.

I’m also available for a fee… I’ll do the technical side of your system for a rate starting at $600.00 for three continuous days.

That pretty much covers anything except design elements within WordPress and its environments.

If you just need to talk then I’m here for that, too. No charge as my time allows and I’ll be glad to help you through planning, domain name selection, possibly some design elements, and web hosting choices.

I usually say a perfectly fine business website or personal blog can be had for about $35.00 initial outlay.

I’m here if you need me.

 

Is AutoBlogging right for me?

What’s your compass? | Derek Sivers

from the book “Anything You Want”:

What’s your compass?

2011-07-02

Most people don’t know why they’re doing what they’re doing. They imitate others, go with the flow, and follow paths without making their own.

They spend decades in pursuit of something that someone convinced them they should want, without realizing that it won’t make them happy.

Don’t be on your deathbed someday, having squandered your one chance at life, full of regret because you pursued little distractions instead of big dreams.

You need to know your personal philosophy of what makes you happy and what’s worth doing.

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Ten years of experience in one hour | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers from the book “Anything You Want”:

Ten years of experience in one hour

2011-07-01 From 1998 to 2008, I had this wild experience of starting a little hobby, accidentally growing it into a big business, and then selling it for $22 million. So now people want to hear my thoughts.

People ask me about that experience, so I tell stories about how it went for me. Many of them are about all the things I did wrong. I made some horrible mistakes.

People ask my advice on how to approach situations in their lives or businesses, so I explain how I approach things. But my approach is just one way, and I could argue against it as well.

Source: Ten years of experience in one hour | Derek Sivers

Best Survival Books – 7 Titles Handpicked by a US Marine

I’m (Mike of Military Backpack Guide) a former US Marine and IRAQ veteran, and this is my list of the absolute best survival books.  Books you can learn from, and live by.  The problem is that there are a ton of books about survival but lots of them are, well, junk.  Not junk in the sense that the author didn’t try, just more like books that tend to be a compilation of other books, original works that have been consumed and regurgitated, and every other “not that great” reference in between. That’s one of the reasons why this is the “top 7” and not “top 10”.  I refuse to stuff this thing with unnecessary entries just to make a number.  This is officially  the best collection of survival books this side of Mars– neatly organized, and updated for 2015.  Of course, if you’re not a book learner, there are plenty of survival schools throughout the world too.

Source: Best Survival Books – 7 Titles Handpicked by a US Marine

The 15 Best Survival Books Ever Written | Outdoor Life

Not everyone’s a Navy Seal or an Eagle Scout. So for those who haven’t received hands-on training in survival skills, studying a quality survival manual is your next best option. Whether you have a full library of self-preservation books, or you are looking to buy your first survival guide, check out our some of our favorite titles.

Source: The 15 Best Survival Books Ever Written | Outdoor Life

Understanding Database Sharding | DigitalOcean

ntroductionAny application or website that sees significant growth will eventually need to scale in order to accommodate increases in traffic. For data-driven applications and websites, it’s critical that scaling is done in a way that ensures the security and integrity of their data. It can be difficult to predict how popular a website or application will become or how long it will maintain that popularity, which is why some organizations choose a database architecture that allows them to scale their databases dynamically.In this conceptual article, we will discuss one such database architecture: sharded databases. Sharding has been receiving lots of attention in recent years, but many don’t have a clear understanding of what it is or the scenarios in which it might make sense to shard a database. We will go over what sharding is, some of its main benefits and drawbacks, and also a few common sharding methods.

Source: Understanding Database Sharding | DigitalOcean

Why You Should Read These Articles Here…

You should read these articles because…

This is a lovingly built collection of thoughts, sayings, and interests built by me… the Meanderthal!

I’ve worked pretty hard to try to find the best people and sites for me to follow and I share them here, ” Because it feels wrong not to share them”.

These are writers, bloggers, and Podcasters who I don’t always agree with but know what they are talking about and share some common beliefs with me.

I bring them to you. I hope you’ll read and even follow them… even if that means you won’t have time to follow me anymore. That’s what friends do for each other.

Click through the snippets to the referenced article… follow that person if they strike a chord with you. Join that site. Get involved with the Indieweb if you want. Go play with your trains. Take a hike. read about trucks, and oil wells, or Space. Armchair travel the world. Bicycle your town.

I’ve tried my best to find cool stuff for you to read. If all else fails read a book.

Or go on a ghost hunt!

It’s probably here or will be soon.

 

Duck house: hardware – Yellow Cottage Homestead

More progress on the duck house project. I painted the underside of the floor. It won’t be seen, but the paint will help protect it from ground moisture: And painted under the awning: Righting it a…

Source: Duck house: hardware – Yellow Cottage Homestead

I asked David about the sign above the duck house door and he answered back with a link to the details on the construction of their ‘BoonDucks’ duck house.

Follow the link for even more details and pictures!  And Thanks, David!

10 Ways To Explore The Internet Archive For Free

The Internet Archive is a treasure trove of fascinating media, texts, and ephemera. Items that if they didn’t exist here, would be lost forever. Yet so many of our community members have difficulty describing what exactly it is…that we do here. Most people know us for the Wayback Machine, but we are so much more. To that end, we’ve put together a fun and useful guide to exploring the Archive. So, grab your flashlight and pith hat and let your digital adventure begin…

 

Read More – Source: https://blog.archive.org/2018/03/07/10-ways-to-explore-the-internet-archive-for-free/

IPFS

Encouraging those creative souls with the means to cleanly work offline then publish online on their timetable while not stressing their own website as much. The local boxen would be a real boon to auto bloggers with heavier loads.

100 Best Books by Black Female Authors, 1850 – Present | ZORA

The ZORA Canon, our list of the 100 greatest books ever written by African American women, is one of a kind, yet it exists within a rich cultural tradition. As author and New York Times contributing opinion writer Kaitlyn Greenidge notes in “Why We Need to Acknowledge the African American Women’s Canon,” her insightful and moving introduction to the list, Black artists and cultural leaders have been compiling documents of this sort since the 1700s, first as part of an ongoing argument against White supremacy and slavery. Later, during Reconstruction, as a reminder to the newly literate Black population “that they were not alone.” Later still, to catalog the abundance of the Harlem Renaissance (the period that brought us Zora Neale Hurston, for whom ZORA is named). And in contemporary time, less to prove the value of Black women’s voices and their humanity than to “go about challenging the work of figuring out what this space would mean for us.”

Source: 100 Best Books by Black Female Authors, 1850 – Present | ZORA

Make a dream come true | Derek Sivers

Selling my friends’ CDs was starting to take up a lot of my time. I realized I had accidentally started a business. But I didn’t want to start a business! I was already living my dream life as a fulltime musician. I didn’t want anything to distract me from that.

So, I thought that by taking an unrealistically utopian approach, I could keep the business from growing too much. Instead of trying to make it big, I was going to make it small. It was the opposite of ambition, so I had to think in a way that was the opposite of ambitious.

I wrote down my utopian dream-come-true distribution deal from my musician’s point of view. In a perfect world, my distributor would…

Source: Make a dream come true | Derek Sivers

Just selling my CD | Derek Sivers

This story begins in 1997. I was a professional musician, age 27. I was making a full-time living just playing music — playing lots of gigs around the U.S. and Europe, producing people’s records, playing on people’s records, and running a little recording studio. I was even the musician and MC for a circus.

My bank account was always low, but never empty. I made enough money to buy a house in Woodstock, New York. I was living a musician’s dream.

I made a CD of my music, and sold 1500 copies at my concerts. I wanted to sell it online, but there were no businesses that would sell independent music online. Not one. I called up the big online record stores and they all told me the same thing: The only way I could get my CD into their online stores was through a major distributor.

Source: Just selling my CD | Derek Sivers

Small File With A Large Soul – htaccess and SEO

Configuring an htaccess file can seem a tedious task especially if you’re not familiar with it. And in all honesty, if you’re not familiar with it you should tread carefully as you can bring a whole website down quite easily with entering a wrong rule or even just a wrong character out of place. Not trying to scare, just stating a fact. In this article, we shall focus on how an SEO can benefit from it in a somewhat safe manner. After all, it is quite a handy little file for many things and I’ll inform you of a few common use cases for it.

Read More – Source: https://en.ryte.com/magazine/htaccess-seo

 

The Utmost Breathtaking Tourist Sites in California – All She Wrote

I recently just got back from the ravishing state of California this past winter break. The things to do and see in this state is limitless. Every city and region is known for something. This December, we traveled from Sacramento through San Francisco, to the central coast.

1. Golden Gate

As soon as we landed, we headed towards the Fisherman’s Warf which is located in the heart of San Francisco. San Fran’s Wharf is definitely interesting. Right near the bay, the downtown wharf area contains a variety of gourmet restaurants and high tech corporate buildings like Google and Reddit. As prosperous as this area is, it is a bit on the dirty side. I would keep your eyes peeled as you would in any downtown area.

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