account – Web hosting, Domain names, Dedicated servers Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:05:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 account – 32 32 How to Export and Import a WordPress Blog Wed, 07 Jul 2010 16:20:01 +0000 Changing your web host is probably not something you do for fun, but if you are unhappy with your current host or have found a better one, there is no reason for you to suffer, when there is something better out there. If you have a WordPress blog, you will need to move it and most likely want keep all of the posts. Follow these simple steps.

1. Login to WordPress
2. In the left column, expand the “Tools” section
3. Click “Export”
4. Click the “Download Export File” button and save the xml file to your computer.
5. Install WordPress on your new hosting account.
6. Login and Click “Tools”
7. Click “Import”
8. From the list, choose the last option: WordPress.
9. Click “Choose file” to select the import file, and find it on your computer.
10. Finally, click “Upload file and import”.

With that you will have successfully moved your WordPress blog. If you had a custom theme, you will also need to copy that separately. Otherwise, you are all finished.

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How to Login as a Different User in Linux Mon, 21 Jun 2010 16:28:00 +0000 System usersSometimes when I am working on a project and come across a new powerful Linux command, I need to test it. With a live dedicated server, that can be a recipe for disaster. Rather than taking such a risk with your websites and possibly the websites of customers (if you also host sites), I recommend creating test accounts.

A test user will have a unique set of configuration settings, its own home folder, and its own username and password. The second dilemma I encountered, however, was that once the account was created, I did not want to always have to log out of SSH and then login as the other user. In fact, for security reasons, I did not want the test user to have SSH access all.

Normally, the “su” command is used to become root, but you can also use it to login as any other user, directly from your SSH command prompt. To execute the command, type:

su -- username

It will then ask you for the specified user’s password. Enter it, and you are ready to test.

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Web Hosting Advertising Options Mon, 24 May 2010 16:34:15 +0000 Google ad links
Regardless of what type of website you are creating, you have spent time and money getting the domain, web hosting account, and web development. In the ideal world, that would be enough, but the reality is that none of those components will get people to your website. For that, you need good advertising.

Many companies, including Google and Yahoo, offer ad services that will place promotional links or image ads about your website on other websites and in search engines, but making your site marketable is more involved. A good web hosting company will provide advertising services as part of some or all of its hosting packages.

You should only pay for results. In other words, paying a monthly fee for advertising that does not actually work is pointless. A good plan will give you flexible payment options, help you build target audience profiles, and provide you with tracking tools to make sure you are reaching those audiences. Although it is not the primary function of a web host, having these advertising services available is a definite plus.

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