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In Greenville Grok Happens

Just spent the last few days up at the Greenville Grok event. If you’ve never been it’s a small conference where you can meet and talk to almost everyone that attends.

There are no lecture sessions at Grok. Instead they break up the attendees into small groups, called 10/20s, where anyone can start a conversation about any subject.

What are 10/20s?

This is how the event organisers define them:

10/20s are mediated discussions between about a dozen participants. Any participant in a 10/20 can propose a topic for discussion. You can talk about software, your work environment, your personal challenges–anything that’s on your mind.

After 10 minutes of conversation, the session leader can choose to close the topic and ask for another. If the conversation is particularly interesting, the session leader can extend the clock for another 10 minutes, hence the name, “10/20s.”

From the Grok home page: http://greenvillegrok.com/


If you have time and the funds I think you should come down to Greenville SC next spring and hang out at Grok 2016

For me the highlight was meeting Aaron Draplin and hearing his “Tall Tales from a Large Man”.

Left: Aaron Draplin Right: Rew
A modern day legend Aaron Draplin

WordPress 3.5 Requirements

Congratulations on WordPress 3.5, to everyone on the WordPress Core Development team. This is a truly smashing version.

I did get to spend a lot of time beta testing it so I know that many of my clients are going to love this new update, particularly the image editor.

The WordPress update system worked great on the ten or so WordPress websites I upgraded to day.

Back up your WordPress Website

I did, and recommend to anyone upgrading WordPress to, back up your database and wp-contents directory before you click the update button. 99.9 percent of the time you won’t need this, but if the server decides to go off line or crash during the update, well you know!

A ten minute back up will save you hours of  time better spent else where in your life 🙂

WordPress Maintenance

If something does go horribly wrong during your WordPress update call me and I’ll sort it out.

Also if you’re interested I do offer a regular WordPress Back up and upgrade plan. If that’s just what you need call me at Greenville Web Design Tel. 864-735-8378 and I’ll get you fixed up ASAP!

PS: If you’d like to check you current server’s against the minimum requirements to run WordPress 3.5 I have just updated my plugin at WordPress.org’s Plugin Directory.

Here is the link: Is Your Server Ready for WordPress 3.5

Also please have a look at WordPress 3.5’s Change Log @ http://codex.wordpress.org/Version_3.5

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This discount will apply to the user’s first invoice (they will renew at the normal, non discounted rate).

Applies to new HostGator customers only.

The coupon code for 40% off is 40off

This promotion wil last until 11:59 PM CST Friday, August 31st 2012.

Video introducing WordPress 3.3

This is the official, very quick, video introducing WordPress 3.3.

The video covers:

  • The new Welcome Screen
  • New Feature Pointers
  • Contextual Help
  • The new simplified media system featuring Drag and Drop uploads
  • The new admin menu system with fly outs eliminating that extra click
  • Admin header and the tool bar has merged into one
  • WordPress’s admin now supports iPad’s touch interface


WordPress 3.3 is available! Please Don’t update now.

WordPress 3.3 is available and trust me it’s incredibly cool.

Compatibility Box

But don’t be tempted to update before you back up your current installation.

The not so quick and easy  method is to:

  1. Download all the files on your website
    • You’ll need to jump in to your ftp client to do this
  2. Download a copy of your DataBase
    1. Login into your website hosting account’s Control Panel
    2. Some hosts like Godaddy have a built in system to set up a database backup. BUT
    3. I recommend connecting to your database via phpMyAdmin and downloading a copy of your database to your desktop
      • If you don’t have or don’t know what phpMyAdmin is call your host and ask them how to use it
  3. Now please check that your plugins are compatible with the new wordpress 3.x install
    1. If all of your plugins are free go to http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ and search for your plugins by name
    2. Go to the plugin’s page and check in the right side column for a box called “Compatibility”
      • If it works for 3.3 your good to go
    3. For your premium plugins go to your plugin developers website to find out the status of your plugin
Once you have taken these three major steps feel free to press that Update Button and enjoy this great free software.
Code truly is Poetry – Thank you the WordPress Team and all the many contributors to this wonderful community!
You guys ROCK!