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Tips & Tricks: Backup and Restore DesktopServer

Backing up your live website regularly is vital. Backing up your local sites is too. DekstopServer can be a go to backup if your site were to get hacked or become dysfunctional and you needed to restore it quickly. Because you have a copy of the site locally you can deploy it quickly. Read more »

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In Case You Haven’t Heard. . . We LOVE WordCamps!

October is another busy month of travel. This month has been a busy time for WordPress conferences. PodsCamp, Prestige Conference, WordCamp Dallas / Fort Worth, WordCamp Ann Arbor and WordCamp Tampa. We were involved with three of them. We went to Texas and Michigan. Those of you that found us, it was great seeing you and talking to you! Read more »

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How to Deploy a DesktopServer Created Website to GoDaddy’s Managed WordPress Product

Earlier this year, GoDaddy started offering Managed WordPress Hosting. As with most other Managed Hosting services, there are some additional steps that need to be taken in order to do a successful deploy. This video shows you the steps necessary to successfully deploy your site.
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Antivirus Compatibility on Microsoft Windows

DesktopServer for Windows is designed and built exclusively for running on Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 operating systems. We test DesktopServer for complete functionality and compatibility on Windows systems running approved OEM Microsoft Antivirus solutions such as Microsoft Security Essentials (free at http://microsoft.com/security-essentials) and Microsoft Defender (which is built into all Windows 8.X systems). In most cases, no modifications are necessary to run DesktopServer. However, certain third-party, non-Microsoft antivirus can create compatibility and performance problems by permanently altering or inhibiting your core operating system in an effort to “protect you”. This document will will help you overcome common third-party related issues.
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Tips & Tricks – Customizing wp-config-sample.php for your Blueprint

Making changes to your wp-config every time you create a new site can be a chore.

But wait! Did you know that you can save changes in a Blueprint? That way, you only have to make the changes once, and they’ll be the default settings every time you create a new site using that Blueprint!

(First, if you don’t already know how easy it is to create DesktopServer Blueprints, check out our super-simple tutorial!)

Here are some really cool things you can do to increase productivity with wp-config! Unless otherwise specified, add these changes to wp-config-sample.php, which DesktopServer will use as a template to create the wp-config file when you create a new site with your Blueprint.

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Plugin Recommendation: Clef

By: Brennen Byrn, Founder, Clef

How many passwords do you remember? More importantly, how often do you forget a password? On average, we need to remember more than 25 passwords each, and almost half of us would rather clean a toilet than think up a new one. If you’re managing WordPress sites for clients, it’s probably even worse. We built Clef to kill passwords and solve that problem with a free plugin.

But making your life easier is just the beginning. The WordPress Security team says that “The weakest link in the security of anything you do online is your password. It’s the key to your site, your email, your social networking accounts or any other online service you use. If your password is easy to guess, your online identity is vulnerable.” (http://vip.wordpress.com/security)

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WordCamp Summer Roundup!

By: Marc Benzakein

July and August have been very busy months for WordCamps. In the last few weeks, ServerPress had showings at WordCamps in Kansas City, Milwaukee, New York City, and Omaha. Read more »

New DesktopServer Version 3.6.3 Released

A new version of DesktopServer (version 3.6.3) is now available in our downloads section. While we are working diligently on our next major release of DesktopServer 4.0, version 3.6.X has been updated to provide existing customers with continued support and up-to-date capabilities.

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July 2014 Latest DesktopServer Videos

Our two most recent videos are both about deploying your locally-developed site to a live environment:

First up, is How to Deploy a DesktopServer Site to Flywheel. Flywheel is a managed hosting server, that specializes in high speed, highly reliable WordPress sites, but their proprietary server configuration require a few additional steps to the Direct Deploy process.

In this video, we show you how to take your locally created WordPress site and use DesktopServer Premium to deploy to FlyWheel’s managed server.

Our second video is How To Deploy Your DesktopServer Site to a Live Host In a Subdirectory. Most WordPress installations are either in a top-level domain (such as example.com), or in a subdomain (subdomain.example.com). WordPress can be installed in a subdirectory (such as example.com/site/), but if you want to deploy a locally developed site to a subdirectory, there are a few additional steps that must be taken. This video shows you how.

Be sure to check out all of our other videos, and subscribe to our Youtube channel for more!

July 2014 Tips & Tricks

Whether you’re deploying a site from your local environment to the live server, or pulling a live site down to local, there are some plugins that just seem to get in the way of a smooth migration.

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