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Installing WordPress on Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services  (AWS) offer a way to host your own WordPress sight with no hardware and little to no expense on a small WP blog site. This is ideal if you want to start working with a self hosted WordPress site for developmental purposes, monetization of your blog, or just good ol’ bragging rights.

In this article I will go into an overview of the EC2 service and the various Virtual Machines (referred to as instances from here on out) that are free and paid. Some may be free to download and initially spin up but may incur an additional cost to the AWS price tier even if you are in the Free Tier. Even though I discuss the free tier exclusively and micro-instances it should be mentioned that the AWS allows for scalability of your WordPress site so it can grow as your site(s) grow.

Bitnami Logo for WP instance.There are various pre-made instances for use with your AWS account that are configured for just about “one touch” configuration. Some are free, others are free to upload to AWS but incur a usage cost, and others cost for upload and usage. A few of the providers are; Bitnami, JumpBox, and Turnkey Linux. If you do choose to go with these “one click” solutions be sure to read all the print to verify if there are any charges for the instance or use of and how the charges are calculated. Continue reading Installing WordPress on Amazon Web Services

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Domain Name Services: Postman of the Internet

Domain Name Services (DNS) is a service which exist to help us humanize the addresses of networked resources. Humans remember words as a whole easier than numbers representing octal based Internet Protocol addresses of those same networked resources be them across the Wide World Web or just an arms length away on our local network.

That was a mouth full. Essentially through DNS you can type in a URL into your favorite web browser and through the process of name resolution your system contacts a server acting in your behalf to find the correct IP address that matches the human oriented address you type in.

Sounds simple but a lot of chatter between various servers near and far may happen just to pull up that favorite site that you wish to view. First your own system will see if it has the particular IP/URL pairing locally in it’s own tables. On your computer this information will be kept in a host.txt file and depending on the operating system the location varies. Continue reading Domain Name Services: Postman of the Internet

How to add Content to RSS Feed Readers

Bloggers need their news, and they need it now. Timeliness is essential. An aggregator for multiple newsfeeds is what an RSS Feed Reader can provide. Pulling in the most recent articles from your favorite news sources and putting them all in one place, organized and easy to locate.

Most Feed readers are free. A few charge a fee, some have a one time cost, while others are available through subscription. The paid apps typically include some degree of tech support, email and blogging tools. Fortunately, for students, there are Feed Reader apps that provide basic services free of charge.

Let’s have a look at the Add Content features found in popular free readers, beginning with the well-known browser-based app, Feedly. Continue reading How to add Content to RSS Feed Readers

Email Alerts for WordPress Topics

If you want to keep you ear to the ground on certain topics, you can use two popular methods, RSS feeds or email alerts. Email alerts can be fairly annoying when they keep going off every few seconds, I think we have all been there. But what if you want to stay in the loop but don’t want to get buried in superfluous information and postings? WordPress has you covered on that.

In WordPress you can set up email alerts for not just whenever an author posts, but when there is a certain sting of words used anywhere in the WP.org universe. There is a great tutorial over at WP Tavern on how to set up these very dynamic alerts. Continue reading Email Alerts for WordPress Topics

How to Use the WordPress.com Reader

WordPress.com Reader is ideal for the WordPress.com member who needs to be updated 24/7, those who work in industries where changes occur repeatedly such as news or finance, or just the average person who likes to have all the information they need at there fingertips. Can you just imagine having all this information fed into your computer or mobile device as it is happening? Well, this is what WordPress.com Reader will do for you.

The WordPress.com Reader displays all the posts in order as they are published with the most current blogs at the top of the list. You will see just a small excerpt of each post, as an introduction to the blog, with thumbnails of images. When you want to read more, just click on the blog title and you can read the full blog. Here is an example of what you might see from a blog excerpt:

WordPress reader blog feed example.

At the bottom of the WordPress.com Reader feed you have the option to Like and/or Reblog  by clicking on the icons in the bottom right corner of each post. Continue reading How to Use the WordPress.com Reader

How to Link to a Post, Page, Category, Tag, and Author in WordPress

Linking in WordPress can be an intimidating task at first, but this post will guide you through the steps and show you just how easy it can be. This post will also cover several different types of links, and the legal guidelines that must be followed when making these links. Soon you will be creating professional looking links that are neatly embedded in your own site.

The first thing you need to do is decide what it is that you want to link to. The methods are the same whether you are linking inside of a post or a page, but you must determine what you are linking to before creating that link.

Once you determine what you are linking to, there are a number of ways you can get the link information needed. The first is the most obvious, it is the address bar. You can just copy the information right from the address bar as shown below.
Copying Link Information from The Address Bar Continue reading How to Link to a Post, Page, Category, Tag, and Author in WordPress

WordPress Resources and Experts to Follow

This is a list of WordPress resources, experts, and sources for WordPress official news, unofficial news, tutorials, techniques, and information to help students learn more about WordPress.

These sites may be added to a feed reader such as feedly, or mobile feed reader apps such as Google Currents or Flipboard for tracking the latest updates from these sites.

WordPress Official Sites

The following are the official sites for WordPress, the WordPress Community, and news and information.

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