Showing posts with label Blog. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blog. Show all posts

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Troubleshooting WordPress Installation and Configuration Issue

I have been hosting my blog in multiple site, AWS, GCP, IBM Openshift , etc. During migration between those sites, there were multiple issues happened and I spent some time to resolve them.  This post is to record those typical issue bothered me and hope it can save you some time if you have same problem.

Also Wordpress plug-in "All-in-One WP Migration" helped a lot during this migration or upgrade process. Whole blog was exported to a 50M to120M package depending on plug-in numbers.

Here are list of those troubles:
1. PHP is out of memory.
2. WordPress Site and Home URL Change
3. Change Upload file limitation 2M
4. Wordpress PermaLinks Issue
5. Prompted for FTP details when update plugins
6. Plugin JetPack Error Updating Settings – FetchNetworkError

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Install Portainer to Manage Containers - Nginx, MySQL, WordPress

Portainer is a lightweight management UI which allows you to easily manage your different Docker
environments (Docker hosts or Swarm clusters). It is meant to be as simple to deploy as it is to use. It consists of a single container that can run on any Docker engine (can be deployed as Linux container or a Windows native container). Portainer allows you to manage your Docker containers, images, volumes, networks and more !

1. Installation in CentOS / Ubuntu
1.1 CentOS 7/Debian 9

Here is an easiest way to install docker into your CentOS / Debian system. It is just one command:

sudo -i
yum -y update
curl -sSL | sh

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Install Nginx, MariaDB, PHP (LEMP) and WordPress on GCP Free Tier Ubuntu/CentOS VM

I was using LAMP for my WordPress blog for quite a few years. Because of Google Cloud Platform free tier VM's limitation (614M Memory and 1 vCPU), my website always suffering the performance issue if put all of components into one machine. Since last year, I keep trying using a different type of technologies to help. I tried to use Docker, also I separated Mysql db into a different vm. All those changes were working for certain conditions, but not a good enough for GCP f1.micro VM until I find Nginx and MariaDB. This combination has less resource usage and also providing me a possibility to squeeze all components into one GCP free tier f1.micro VM.

This post is to record all steps and commands I used. You will find a YouTube video at the end of post to present the installation process. The whole steps will take 30 minutes to 45 minutes to complete.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Nginx Tips and Tricks - Load Balancer Configuration

1. Configure Nginx to do load balancer

If you have multiple sites, you can configure Nginx to load balance between multiple servers.
There are two files you will need to change:

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Migrate WordPress Site from Ubuntu 16.04 to Ubuntu 18.04 at GCP VM and Cloud DB

I were using Ubuntu 16.04 as my web server and mysql server for quite a few years. They are all in the same server , either running in a docker container or in a service. For better performance, I decided to separate them to different layer. I am going to use GCP Cloud SQL service as my database layer.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Google Blogger Usage Tips and Tricks

Here are some collections for bloggers from my blogger experience:
1. Adjust Right Sidebar margin width
2. Add youtube Playlist into blogger
3. Add Third Party Domain
4. Redirect Blogspot Site from One to Another
5. Put images side by side in Blogger's posts without any codes
6. Add a table into Blogger post
7. Add a code section into your post

There are one related post in this blog:

Friday, October 6, 2017

WAMP and Wordpress Install on AWS Free Tier Windows 2012 R2

AWS provides a 750 hours free tier on Windows machine. I am always wondering how to install wordpress on it to use this free tier instance . Here is all steps I followed today. Most steps are same as WPMU DEV's post "Setting Up WordPress Locally for PC/Windows with WampServer". I do add some of my own experience in the steps.

Basically WampServer = (Apache, PHP, MySQL on Windows). WAMP is the software suite installed on popular Windows operate system, includes Apache, MySQL, PHP and some other tools. It is derived from LAMP which stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. As the name implies, while LAMP is used on Linux servers, WAMP is used on Windows servers.

Note: Microsoft WebPI is another popular way to install wordpress on Windows server. But truly not recommend. I managed to get it working and eventually still find WAMP is better and easier to use.

For Windows: WAMP and Wordpress Install on AWS Free Tier Windows 2012 R2
For Ubuntu: LAMP and WordPress Installation on Ubuntu

Saturday, September 30, 2017

LAMP and WordPress with HTTPS Certification Cloud Installation on Ubuntu

I have selected Ubuntu as OS platform to install my php, wordpress and mysql. It gave me lots of learning experience on Linux. Here is many steps I recorded during working on my blog site.

For Windows: WAMP and Wordpress Install on AWS Free Tier Windows 2012 R2
For Ubuntu: LAMP and WordPress Installation on Ubuntu

1. Basic Ubuntu Configuration (Not in Cloud)
1.1 Configure Interfaces

Welcome to Ubuntu 15.10 (GNU/Linux 4.2.0-16-generic x86_64)

 * Documentation:

48 packages can be updated.
37 updates are security updates.

Last login: Sat Feb 13 20:16:03 2016 from
[email protected]:~$ cd /etc/network
[email protected]:/etc/network$ sudo vi interfaces
[sudo] password for john: 

# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

source /etc/network/interfaces.d/*

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# The primary network interface -- use DHCP 
auto eth0

iface eth0 inet dhcp

# The secondart network interface -- use static ip address
auto ens160
iface ens160 inet static

[email protected]:/etc/network$sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Add a Read More button to Popular Blog Platforms

Having a read-more option in the posts can highly encourage  readers’ click-throughs and help you track your most popular entries. Adding read-more button is more than easy, this tutor post will show you how to Insert Read More Option on those popular blog websites such as Blogger, Tumblr, Weebly and WordPress.

1. Blogger


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Wordpress Attitude Theme Menu Bar Customize

Attitude Theme has been used for my Wordpress site // It is powerful and simple to use.

here are some introduction about this theme from its website:

"Attitude is a Simple, Clean and Responsive Retina Ready WordPress Theme which adapts automatically to your tablets and mobile devices. Theme is easily customizable with numerous theme options via Customize. Some of the highlighted options are two site layout (Narrow and Wide), 5 layouts for every post/page, 5 Page Templates, 5 widget areas, 4 custom widgets, featured slider to highlight your post/page, 11 social icons and many more. Also has custom background, header, menu, favicon, CSS, webclip icon, and logo. Supports popular plugins like Breadcrumb NavXT, WP-PageNavi and Contact Form 7. It is also translation ready. Available Translation: Traditional Chinese (Taiwan), Spanish, Norwegian (Nynorsk), German, Russian, Dutch, Italian and Danish. Get free support on"

In original theme, the menu bar was not placed in the right place I would like to. It located between site site logon and header image. I figured out to use some simple CSS codes to manipulate it.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Add “Related Links” Widgets for Your Websites and Blogs

The related posts are picked from your existing posts which has similar contents/labels/categories/tags. Some online services provide free widgets to show those related stories from your blog archive.It can under your post , or show at bottom of pages. Here are some popular websites to provide this free widget.
1. Addthis
AddThis is a social sharing tool that appears on a lot of websites. It is often displayed as a "share" button that expands to show a vast array of sharing options. Add this quickly allowed webmasters to add sharing features to their websites that fit well with the design and layout and didn't cost a ton of custom coding. The email updates from Addthis whenever there is a traffic spike on a certain page on the site or there is spike on sharing.
Addthis provides: .
  • Share Buttons
  • Follow Buttons
  • Related Posts
  • List Building
  • Link Promotion

Monday, November 14, 2016

Use Godaddy Domain with Openshift Apps

I have been using Openshift  to host my WordPress website for a while. Domain was registered at GoDaddy and I was struggled with plain domain or naked domain not corrected pointing to my openshift App, although is always working fine. Eventually after googled from Internet, I understood why and made it working . There are two different solutions, one is to use cloudflare domain services which is using flatten domain feature to achieve it. Another way is to configure Godaddy domain properly with forwarding option. Here are all steps for Godaddy configuration.

1. Openshift APP Alias Configuration

Open you openshift APP. Add as your only Alias for this app.

Create a Sitemap Page or Table of Contents Page for Blogger

There are a couple ways to do it but many codes were using a .js file stored on google drive which is not working since early of 2016.

I have moved some .js code file to GITHUB and here are some valid links and screenshots for my blog

1. Tabbed Sitemap Page

Demo page is here.

Add Dropdown Menu in Blogger Website

Here are all codes I found from Internet to display a dropdown menu on my website.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Website and Tools for Blog and Youtube

During working on this "Network Security Memo" blog, there are some helpful websites or tools being used but not listed in previous posts. This post will mostly focus on blog related tools. Hopefully this will help some other beginners when they are trying to set their blog site up. Here are the lists:
1. Website Speed Test and Monitoring Tools
2. Webmaster Tools
3. Website Analytics Tools
4. Making Money by adding ads
5. Buying Ads from advertiser
6. Plugins
7. Blog Promotion
8. Domain Manager and Registration
9. Free Image Hosting and Sharing Sites
10. Check if Your Website Blocked by GFW in China
11. Website Submission
12. Google Test Tools
13. SEO Tools
14. Free Audio/Video Bloging Tools
15. Free Business Email Hosting
16. Cheap Website Hosting and VPS

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