Strange Outage

Monday, October 27th, 2008

We’re back up after a very strange outage. The 500 internal server error was because our .htaccess file was sideways. What I mean by sideways is that part of a line had been truncated which led to an incorrect htaccess rule and all sorts of error pages thrown up. Interestingly the only thing happening prior [...]

WordPress Fancy Permalinks not working Giving 404 error

Monday, August 25th, 2008

I spent the better part of a Friday night sorting this out. I had just launched 4 new wordpress blogs that were secondary installs on each server. (I use a VPS and /home/domain/www/ was the primary wordpress install – the secondary installs existed at /home/domain/www/secondsite ) . The problem was that I switched on the [...]

Experiencing some turbulence

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

I knew for some time that a server upgrade at my hosting provider was coming – they were essentially upgrading the underlaying software. (New versions of apache/php/etc. the entire system.) The original time was postponed and I breathed a little sigh of relief because I host somewhere in the order of 7 domains here. Well, [...]

Web translation

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

I found this link of plugins for wordpress to aid in multilingual site building. I’ve been experimenting with English/Spanish designs of one site I maintain using plain html (index.html.en index.html.es and the server gives the correct page depending on the browser localization. It seems as though there was an .htaccess change that I had to [...]

Virtual Server on Apache to listen on an alternate port

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

In the last few days, I had to set up something a bit unusual with apache. Basically the goal was to have apache listen for connections on two different ports (the standard port 80 and an alternate port 85). The problem was that I wanted different content at each port. Port 85 was to be [...]

Saving you from yourself or specifying which index file to use with apache

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

As I said, I mistakenly uploaded a page of links that I use for the main administration across many sites to this domain. Unfortunately, the server preferred using the index.html to the index.php that serves up the USUAL home page. So, for about an hour after my slipup…. the main page for this site showed [...]

Using .htaccess to ALLOW directory browsing

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

By default the apache install for most sites now restricts directory browsing. It’s a good idea, you don’t want just ANYTHING to be browsable on a web server, but there comes a time that it makes life easier for a directory (or tree of directories) to be browsable without having to write (copy and paste) [...]

WordPress trackback problem FINALLY SOLVED….

Saturday, April 8th, 2006

For around 3-4 months now I’ve had a REALLY annoying problem with the wordpress install on this site. Trackbacks suddenly stopped working. Somewhere around my 800th post or so while the WMF vulnerability was circulating (between Christmas and New Years) and I was typing furiously – poof…. suddenly trackbacks stopped going out. (Incoming trackbacks seemed [...]

Google indexing weirdness

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

In looking at my Google Analytics info…. I checked on the Northcarolinagenealogy.net site’s stats and found that it’s really dropped since about Friday or Saturday from decent traffic to next to nothing. (20 visitors a day now.) The first thing I noticed was no google.com referrers…. So, I started looking and sure enough the last [...]

Having multiple domains direct to one web site

Thursday, August 11th, 2005

Recently I’ve consolidated a few domain names that I’ve acquired to direct to this site, and a few others to direct to another site that I maintain. One of the things that I wondered about after I set things up in the sites control panel to receive requests as the other domain names was how [...]

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