Tag Archives: WordPress

WordPress upgradation from 2.9.2 to wordpress-3.0.1

From our previous post

We have successfully upgraded our wordpressmu from 2.9.2 to 3.0.1

Here are the steps we followed for this upgradation

We have also upgraded all our plugins and we are happy to say that we are in WordPress-3 club.

Have fun!!

WordPress migration to php-5.3

Today we migrated one of our wordpress site from one server to another.
Present server has the version PHP-5.2.9 and the new server has PHP-5.3.2

Once we copied the files and database to the new server, it started showing has the following errors

Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/sitename/public_htm/wp-settings.php line xx

This error should be fixed by removing “&” in wp-settings.php where you have assigned a variable

For example, I have given below one assignment statement

$GLOBALS[‘wp_query’] =& new WP_Query();

Remove ‘&’ and make the line look like below

$GLOBALS[‘wp_query’] = new WP_Query();

Similarly remove “&” in all places whereever this error is thrown.

One more thing is function “set_magic_quotes_runtime()” in deprecated in php-5.3.2
Instead we should use the following
ini_set(“magic_quotes_runtime”, 0);

Also, the function split() is deprecated in php-5.3.2. Instead we should use explode ()

I had already posted a week back other functions that are deprecated in PHP-5.3.2.

Today I found other 3 functions. I will keep posting my updates whenever I find the old functions deprecated in PHP-5.3.2

WordPress v3.0.1 released

WordPress had announced a major upgrade of their version to 3.0 in the month of June. Right after that, towards the end of July, they followed up with a minor upgrade to 3.0.1 where they fixed 50+ issues identified during the 42 days that WordPress 3.0 was live.

Now that 3.0.1 is out for two weeks now, we are planning to upgrade the blogs we support for our clients to wordpress 3.0.1.

There are many new features in this version. Some of the most important features are:

– A new default theme called Twenty Ten has been introduced – which does look good
– new API for developers to easily integrate custom backgrounds, menus, etc.
– Contextual help on every screen

and many more enhancements.

The most important feature that we are closely reviewing is the feature where WordPress and WordPress MU (the multi-user edition) have been now integrated into one.

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WordPress 2.9 CARMEN version released

WordPress announced the release of version 2.9 which is code named CARMEN after the jazz vocalist Carmen McRae.

Besides the hundreds of code improvements they have made (a full list is available on the WordPress website, the following are some of the key enhancements handled in WordPress 2.9 Carmen release:

– Upgrade all plugins at once using a bulk upgrade option

– Built in Image Editing: Images can be edited in line as soon as they are uploaded using the image editing tool, that is now built in

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Successful WordPress MU (WPMU) Installation

We are happy to announce the completion of a large WordPress Multi User (WPMU) project for one of our clients.

The requirement was as follows:

Currently we manage a set of wordpress blogs each with its own installation on its own servers. Some blogs were the main site for the respective domains and some blogs were wordpress installations in sub folders in the respective domains. This was becoming a maintenance nightmare, as with each version upgrade of wordpress, we had to upgrade ten different local installations of the same.

Our task was to eliminate the need for maintaining multiple wordpress installations and have a single installation that will be used to manage multiple blogs, one sub domain per blog. Also, we had to come up with a way to get a blog up and running with minimum effort for any new client/guest asking for a new blog for themselves.

We managed to accomplish the goals successfully today and have centrally implemented the wordpress MU blogging tool on Blogs Plugin – http://blogsplug.in/

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Web Designer Role at Auro Infotech

This post is a part of the a series of posts  about the roles and responsibilities of various positions at Auro Infotech.

Please refer to the Functional Teams at Auro Infotech post and Auro Infotech Team and Salary Structures post before reading this post, as it will help you understand where each of these roles fit in Auro Infotech.

Web designer at Auro Infotech is a member of the Design team, a team that is responsible for designing all our websites. Some of the key responsibilities are designing web 2.0 style websites, developing flash based web pages as well as flash based applications that interact with the other applications and databases.

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Search Engine Optimisation Techniques

I did a detailed research on writing a blog and its relationship to the search engine crawlers. This research started three months back and concluded yesterday with a series of four quick posts made within the span of two to three hours each.

The idea was to find out the behavioural pattern of the crawlers from the search engines. The exact tests and the results are given below.

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WordPress – Effective tool for SEO Consultants

WordPress has always been praised as an effective tool for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) on any website which has good content.

We have been able to install WordPress along with Cutline theme and the famous All-In-One-SEO pack, which has given very good results as far as Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is concerned.

We recommend WordPress as the primary tool of choice even to SEO Consultants as it gives them many benefits out of the box.

In fact this blog is also built using WordPress but a slight variation of it called WordPressMU (WordPress Multi User installation). WordPressMU allows us to manage multiple blogs and users from a central admin tool. Since we also manage our own web hosting and servers, we were able to tweak the server settings to make sure the WordPressMU installation is successful.

As mentioned earlier, the key to the success of any website resides in providing useful content to the visitors. It is very easy to get to the top of search engine rankings, but it is quite difficult to retain the top spot for a long time. Hence we always recommend our clients to get into the habit of writing at least one new post a day, which over a period of time will become a wealth of information targeting their site users.

If you have any questions on WordPress or WordPressMU please feel free to ask. We are here to help.