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WordPress Set File As Default Link To

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A comic book site I edit uses a lot of images as you would imagine, but frequently contributors forget to set the Link To section of adding images. More often than not this means instead of readers getting a nice enlarged version of the image popping up on their computer it does nothing (Link To None) or goes to a new page showing the image at the same size (Link To Attachment Page). I’ve asked everyone to make sure this feature is set to Media File, but people are people….read more

Adding CBZ format to WordPress

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On a SEO company website I look after we wanted to add a store for digital downloads, and one of the formats offered would be CBZ, a standard format for unencrypted and DRM free digital comic books. Turns out you need to add that file type to WordPress before you can upload them to the media library. Finding an online solution to adding new file types to WordPress was easy, but the MIME type was required. That proved a little more complicated but internet searching led to this great site…read more

Windows 7 Install Doesn’t See SSD

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I was setting up a new PC and pulled a 60 GB SSD from an idle system to use in this build. I started the Windows 7 installation but when it trundled along to the hard drive portion no local drives were detected. I rebooted and checked the BIOS, but the drive was recognized. Another step into Windows and the same thing: no drive. A few more trips to the BIOS and adjustments made to hard drive type (AHCI, native mode IDE) but no changes. Furious internet searching led me nowhere…read more

Remove “Insert from URL” in WordPress

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I don’t like pulling images from other sites directly for posts: it’s using the bandwidth from someone else’s website. Instead I’ll save the image, upload it and then credit the image back to the source. I look after a multi-author website and sometimes people forget our policies and I have to edit the post to remove that image URL, download it and upload it. To get around this I wanted to remove the option of “Insert from URL” that’s part of WordPress. A quick search of the internet provided exactly…read more

BurnCDCC: A Very Small ISO Utility

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I was looking around for a boot CD that would allow me to edit TrueCrypt volumes the other week and came across one that included a tiny 81 KB utility called BurnCDCC. It does one thing and one thing only: burns an ISO image to an optical disc. It’s one file, that’s it, and at that size perfect for getting the job done. Did I mention it’s free? Thank you Terabyte Unlimited for creating BurnCDCC; go to their Freeware page and grab a copy.

WordPress Issue: Only the homepage loads

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So, I was tinkering with one of the websites I look after and made one change to the .htaccess file. I only make one change at a time to any file so I can reverse it if things go south. After my change only the home page would load: clicking anything just reloaded the home page and showed page not found in the tab (browser) title. OK, back into .htaccess and remove my change. No luck, still only the homepage loads. Hmm. As always, Google to the rescue. It seems…read more

WordPress Publish Button Missing: 1&1, Akismet and SQL

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Last month I [intlink id=”2831″ type=”post”]wrote about an error[/intlink] on this site that caused me to start fresh: the Publish button was missing from WordPress and you couldn’t post anything. Here’s a screenshot of the error. At the time I couldn’t locate a fix for the problem, but last week the same thing happened to my wife’s site so that caused me to have a closer look. Since both sites were hosted at 1&1 that narrowed things down. I have an old hosting package with them that limits SQL database size…read more

WordPress Publishing Error

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For all my local readers out there, thanks for holding on. Early August I experienced an issue with this site and WordPress: the publish button disappeared from every menu. Where Publish should be there appeared Submit for Review, and the Preview button was also gone from the top right. Since this site is a one person experience I checked my users and saw that I was the only login and was, in fact, an administrator for WordPress. OK, so I made another user and promoted them to administrator but the…read more

HighPoint, Motherboards & A Flashing Cursor

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I was lucky enough to take part in an Intel retailer incentive that netted me an Intel P4304BTLSFCN barebones system with an Intel Xeon 1230 and an Intel AXXRMS2AF080 on-board RAID module. I added some hard drives and 16 GB of ECC DDR3 RAM. This is my new home server and since it has plenty of horsepower I installed Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Home Server 2011 in a Hypervisor; not exactly sure what I would be using it for but WHS won’t use more than 8 GB of…read more

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