Move WordPress Site to New Domain

You have your WordPress site setup for some domain, such as mysite.com. Now you want to change that domain to sitenew.com. How do you do that? It’s easy. On a regular, single-site install (which is what most WordPress sites are), on the left side of your dashboard there is a Settings menu. Find “General” in there and click on it. Then there are two boxes: WordPress Address (URL) and Site Address (URL) Change those to your new domain sitenew.com and click Save. That’s it. πŸ™‚

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How to Install Laravel on Shared Hosting

If your host has PHP and MySQL, then there is a good chance that they can run Laravel. There are a few other requirements, such as certain PHP extensions, but those are fairly common. The only real issue is Composer. If your host can’t (or won’t) run Composer, then forget about it. πŸ™ But if they can, then most likely you can install Laravel. πŸ™‚ If they have Composer already installed, then you’re all set. If not, then you must install yourself, but it’s not too hard. The directions on the Composer Download page are great and they work on many machines. For shared hosting, however, you probably will need… Read More

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Laravel Tutorials

Getting started with Laravel is not easy, even for a developer who already understands the MVC model and has worked with it. We have compiled here a brief list of resources with good tutorials to get you started learning Laravel, and some advanced ones also, to keep you going. Laravel Specific Sites Below is a set of sites focused only on Laravel, each of which has tutorials: Laravel.com The first place for many is Laravel’s own Documentation site at https://laravel.com/docs. Everything there is of course free and text-based. Laracasts Laracasts is a paid-for only resource, but it’s one of the biggest and most well known. It’s all videos. Their tagline… Read More

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CiviCRM Extensions

CiviCRM is a fantastic tool right “out of the box” but there are also some important features not available in the core. Therefore we have CiviCRM Extensions, which are add-ons that give CiviCRM extended functionality. These extensions cover all kinds of features such as Webform integration, alerts, discounts, volunteer management, extended reporting and more. The official directory maintains a centralized list of all “official” extensions and that’s here: Extensions Directory. But you don’t normally need to visit there because extensions can be installed from within your own CiviCRM site. Installing Extensions The basic procedure is quite easy. When your CiviCRM is set up correctly, extensions can be installed from within… Read More

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Nextcloud vs ownCloud – The Whole Story

Battle of the Clouds Interested in finding the private cloud package that’s right for you? So are we! πŸ™‚ In the open source private cloud space, there are several options, such as ownCloud, Nextcloud, Seafile, Syncthing and Pydio as well as smaller players such as SparkleShare. To see what’s happening in this market, let’s take a brief look at this Google Trends graph of interest in the top four packages over the past 5 years: Shows pretty clearly that ownCloud and Nextcloud dwarf the competition, and it also seems pretty clear that since its inception, interest in Nextcloud has been growing fast and today has actually more Google searches than… Read More

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Nextcloud in a Subdomain

We are often asked if Nextcloud can be installed in a subdomain and the answer is yes. There are two ways to do this, technically speaking. Let’s say your domain is puppies.com and you have hosting for that and you’re not ready to change that, but you want a Nextcloud instance and you want it on a subdomain called cloud.puppies.com. To get that, all you need to do is purchase hosting from us and in the “Domain Name” box put “cloud.puppies.com.” We will then setup your account for you using that subdomain and install Nextcloud for you. Then we will help you create an “A record” in your DNS settings… Read More

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Over 560 Million Passwords Leaked

Yet another case of an online security breach, including emails and passwords. See Over 560 Million Passwords Discovered in Anonymous Online Database from Gizmodo.com for full details. In brief, this is what they say: A trove of more than 560 million login credentials has been exposed by a leaky database, researchers revealed on Tuesday, including email addresses and passwords stolen from as many as 10 popular online services. The Kromtech Security Center blogged about this and called it the Mother of All Leaks. Among other things, they say there: Database is 75+ gigs in size and contains data structured in readable json format which included at least 10 previously leaked… Read More

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What is CiviCRM

Jump straight to video version of this post In this post, we are going to clarify what CiviCRM is in very simple terms that anyone can understand. Overview CiviCRM is a free “CMS” (Constituent Management System) which means it’s a software package that allows you to manage a database of people, such as your donors, recipients, volunteers, parents, teachers, care-givers etc. You can view them, edit their details, email them, record activities and donations and more. They then can make contributions online, sign up online for events, sign up for memberships and more. Basic Contacts Features Each person in CiviCRM is called a Contact. Getting your contact list into CiviCRM… Read More

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