Can I make mistakes or Not?? Part Two

Getting ready to move Monster Highway over to a new ‘production’ web server and restructuring the underlying ‘files’ system. (See note *). I realized I didn’t need a registration system there anymore (just a doorway for hackers and spammers) so I killed that off.  (See note **).

Then I get the great idea to run a ‘Zombie’ user purge program on Monster Highway’s Pligg CMS based system. Don’t do that if you have users setup for Inbound RSS accounts. ‘Zombie Killer’ doesn’t show any list of it’s intentions (intended removals) and sure enough, it clobbered three RSS users.

By itself that’s not a real biggie! But…….the RSS import still runs and imports on the next feed. Then Pligg shows the post but attributes it to a random author in admin. And, on the public side, Pligg throws a cryptic error code to the user and refuses to run.

And….. this doesn’t happen until the affected account runs and finds a new post to import. That could be three or more months down the road. And…… you can’t see the problem…. and you forgot the cause… and you’re just gonna have to look at several hundred posts until you figure it out. In other words “You’re SOL”!

So the moral here is, “Don’t run Zombie Killer until you’ve got a good list of ‘system essential’ users like admin accounts and InboundRSS Users.

Notes:

* We’re planning a Multi-User Multi-Site WordPress install with Domain Mapping and Multi-Pligg running all of the Monster Highway family of sites with lots of interaction between them. If I do this right the changes will be transparent to the users, easier to maintain, and faster on response.

** Since native Pligg CMS thrives on user input in the form of article votes, we allow anonymous voting but track those via IP, sessions,  and cookies. This keeps users from voting more than once for a given article and artificially inflating/deflating the counts.

Some of my WordPress clients are doing something really neat with Social Media

Some of my WordPress clients who make extensive use of Social Media are doing something really neat.

These clients are trying to post something timely, interesting or otherwise informational to their Facebook Page every 4 days or so. Their WordPress based site is pulling their Facebook Page posts in via RSS to a ‘draft post’.

They wait a few days (depending on urgency and timing) then edit the ‘draft’ and publish it. On their website they have social sharing turned on so when a article there is ‘edited and published’ the draft it is shared out to all their social media outlets (including Facebook) which really increases their reach.

And the original Facebook post serves twice. Smart!!!

 

Lost admin access in Pligg after running Killspam?

When activated, the Pligg spam module disables the ‘spammer’, sets the user account to ‘spammer’ and I think it also changes the password. Been my experience anyway. Every once in a while this activity can Killspam the admin or ‘God’ level account. You probably missed the admin username in the confirmation box but I can’t swear to that happening either.

What I’ve done in the past is: Get into the user portion of the database, re-enable the user, set the user to admin (or god in 1.2.2 and earlier versions) and double check that the email address is a ‘known good’ working address. Save your changes and login from a second browser window. If you get a ‘bad password’ response on this attempt, just use the ‘forgot password mechanism’ to the ‘known good email address’ and follow the directions in the email.

Optionally, You can setup a new user account then get back into the database as above but set the new user to admin ((or god in 1.2.2 and earlier versions). You won’t need to set anything else in the database but the user level with this method and once you’re in you can fix the old user.

Further Discussion:

You may have noticed that in the above I didn’t call the user table ‘pligg_users’ either. That’s something that only works if you set the database table prefix to the default ‘pligg_’ during install or upgrades.

Some of my Pligg installs don’t use that as they run several Pliggs in one database or are running under Multi-Pligg. I figured I’d better mention that before someone calls me out on it or it confuses someone.

Intimidated by the Plethora of Web Jargon??

You might be thinking your competition is leaving you by the wayside with their online presence. You might just be wanting a simple, easy to maintain website. Or maybe you already have one and are disappointed at the results.

But, when you start looking around at your online options, you find a huge list of Buzzwords….. Web Hosting, Hosting Providers, Domain Names, Web Sites, and Social Media. Your wondering what is all this?

You dig a little deeper and about the time you think you understand you find more Buzzwords…. Web Content, SEO, Blogs, CMS, Web Safety-Security, CRMs, Web Bulletin Boards (Forums), Online Stores, Calendars, Log analysis, Demographics. The list just goes on and on.

And, when you start looking for help, you find companies who want way too much and seem to deliver way too little. Or you make a DIY effort that seems to fall flat. Or you buy something that winds up being unnecessary like a Online StoreFront that never generates a sale or you try a Facebook Profile only to realize it’s a bunch of Relatives and ‘Friends’ who seek you out then fill you Timeline with trash, family info, pictures that might be a little too personal, slogans you don’t even like, dirty jokes/stories and game requests.

Plus one guy tells you that you did things wrong there and a business associate or customer can’t see your profile because you’ve reached the 5000 friend limit.

That’s where a guy like me comes in and tames that beastly ‘glossary of jargon’ for you. Guys like me will fix your website. Get your Facebook (and other Social Media) efforts in order. Then we guide you through the process of making your site seamless for your customers and easy to update in house.

If we do a good job you’ll want us around… but if we’re doing a good job you won’t need us very much after a time. That’s because we’ll train you and your staff and automate a lot of the day to day functions within your website.

So, you’re wondering, “How much will this cost?”. $50.00 dollars a month if you hire me. For your $50.00 a month you’ll get regular backups. Up to Four (4) hours of web master service (updates, testing, Analysis, adjustments, and changes!).

I have two computers here that do nothing but check websites and gather new files/pages together. These two machines alert us to many troubles (missing files, dead web hosts, downtime, etc.) and changes (updated files, spams, hack attempts, etc.).

I also periodically do a manual check of the site and your domain name including the records (DNS records) that keep your domain registered and your website compliant with Internet standards. This keeps your site running. At the same time I’ll install software to automatically backup your web site and help me (and you) keep an eye on visitor demographics.

Each month we’ll communicate with you (phone, email) and look at site reach, update needs and changes. Your site will reach into Social Media and I will guide you (or your staff) with Social Communications to improve your standings.

At the same time I will also look for possibilities to promote your site, improve income, and add features.

As you can see, your $50.00 each month buys you a lot of service and peace of mind. Of course you’ll be paying for a domain name and web hosting (there’s that jargon again). But we’ll makes sure you’re getting your moneys worth there or have you move to our Paradigm Domains service (at wholesale while you remain my service client).

Interested? Want to talk or pick my brain? Give me a call: (540)-440-1850

 

 

Services

Besides the many great hosting website hosting products I offer at Paradigm Domains, I also offer several complete website solutions. All my offerings include Social Media Integration and carry a 99% uptime Guarantee.

These sites can feature your own artwork, images, and written content. Any content I create for your website is done as a ‘Work For Hire’ so you retain ownership.

 

Development Websites

I usually have a few openings for what I call Development Websites. These are hosted on various hosting plans and services I use for testing and pre-building client websites. They carry a 99% uptime (as do all my offerings).

Pricing starts at $45.00 per year or else $60.00 per year with a Domain Name but you can save a few dollars by bringing your own domain. You may search for and register a domain at Paradigm Domains.

You save money on hosting costs. You also save $$$ and avoid many pitfalls by having a web tech available for technical issues. You’ll also gain the advantage of any services I might develop here and your site remains portable. You may take it with you to a new host or sell it with your business.

 

Hometown Commerce Standard Websites.

These are just basic WordPress (or Pligg) websites hosted on our webservers. Nothing real special but these can provide your business with all you’ll ever need in a website including the ability to add content yourself (or your staff) and you get full use of  your account.

There are community based websites available to help promote your website(s) automatically included with this product.

Pricing starts at $88.00 per year or else $100.00 per year with a Domain Name but you can save a few dollars by bringing your own domain. You may search for and register a domain at Paradigm Domains.

Hometown Commerce Full Websites.

Hometown Commerce Full Websites are WordPress (or Pligg) websites hosted on our webservers. Nothing real special again but these can provide your business with all you’ll ever need in a website including the ability to add content yourself and you get full use of  your account.

There are community based websites available to help promote your website(s) automatically included with this product.

Pricing starts at $88.00 per six months and $15.00 extra per year for a Domain Name but you can save a few dollars by bringing your own domain. You may search for and register a domain at Paradigm Domains.

 

Complete Website Service

I also offer a Complete Website Service. I’ll build your site and handle all technical issues including one domain name. This is Priced at $600.00 per year but includes a fully implemented website, Contact Relationship Manager and other features. All hosted on a client account dedicated to just your company.

I’ll add a Ecommerce System for $1.00 per each SKU!

The Plaza

I have one more ‘system’ type I can build. It’s call it “The Plaza”. I designed it for Shopping Malls/Centers, Small town Business Promotions, Geo Sites, Fleas Markets with steady vendors, etc.

Plaza Runs Multi-site WordPress with domain mapping and a single Pligg instance. The Pligg is the public front end while WordPress runs the backend and individual sites for store owners Vendors etc.

The WordPress ‘sites’ are closely coupled to their respective Facebook Pages and companion WordPress.com sites. a lot of the content updates to the pages are from the Facebook side. This makes it easy for the store owners to update their social media and their website at the same time.

Additionally the WordPress sites feed to the main Pligg which promotes the whole shopping center and the individual stores.

It’s a great system for anyone who wants to ‘up’ their location specific offerings with an additional attractive service. This system may also be used to promote umbrella businesses with multiple divisions. Motorsports teams with multiple interests, And Geographic Locations that attract or are trying to attract quality stores and shops.

Pricing varies but starts at $65.00 per month for the main page, system, installation, support, with five ‘vendor spots/pages’.

 

And finally: The Super Website Service

CRM and Ecommerce StoreFront available at no extra charge if your hosting can run these.

Multiple websites within WordPress MultiSite or Pligg (with limits).

You’ll host your site yourself on a host of your choosing. I certainly hope you’ll choose Paradigm Domains.

Added Hosting account sites are just $600.00 extra.

 

This product is for companies with ambitious projects and large accounts who need lots of support and technical expertise.  You’ll want to discuss this with me as a project before committing to this service but you’ll be very well served and your satisfaction is guaranteed.

 

Training

On site Training for your staff is available for $200.00 per day and all expenses including travel. Training is offered ‘As Available’ and is a 4 hour day (usually 10 AM to Noon and 2PM to 4PM class time with two 15-20 minute breaks in between). These times are to keep the training  sessions short and lively yet highly informative.

Some individual training time may be conducted for free over the phone or Internet and we will work to keep you and your staff informed and able to perform their assigned duties.

 

About our APPs

 

I offer WordPress, the absolute best Blogging Platform available. You might also want Pligg, a content management system that features social sharing services/abilities, RSS Aggregation, and a voting system for posts and comments.

I can add forums and storefronts to most WordPress type accounts.

I also support Sugar CRM, OpenX, and will consider most requests for most APPs. I’ll be glad to install Drupal CMS on the Super Website Service if you wish to opt for that CMS Blogging Platform.

I also am familiar with PHPBB, and phpLD if you’d like that installed. Call for Prices if you don’t already have me under contract for the Super Website Product.

Of course if we are already under a Super Website Service then just call me and tell me to add your selected APP to your website today!!!

 

Free Development Websites

I sometimes offer a free Development Website for interesting new businesses, enterprises, and organizations. These are hosted on my development systems and services. I offer this to expand my business knowledge, to test new ideas and in hopes of gaining customers.

If you have an interesting idea or a fairly new business, let’s talk. I may be able to guide you through your first website’s implementation and help you build a lasting partnership with your customer base, audience and myself.

Selling Your Business Soon?

If you plan to sell your business and don’t already have a website or need some help I might be interested in that as a project! If your plans include selling your site as part of the sale offering. All I ask is that you make an effort to advise the potential buyer on how to contact and work with me.

Free Development Websites

I sometimes offer a free Development Website for interesting new businesses, enterprises, and organizations. These are hosted on my development systems and services. I offer this to expand my business knowledge, to test new ideas and in hopes of gaining customers.

If you have an interesting idea or a fairly new business, let’s talk. I may be able to guide you through your first website’s implementation and help you build a lasting partnership with your customer base, audience and myself.

Selling Your Business Soon?

If you plan to sell your business and don’t already have a website or need some help I might be interested in that as a project! If your plans include selling your site as part of the sale offering. All I ask is that you make an effort to advise the potential buyer on how to contact and work with me.

Can I make mistakes or Not??

Been fighting a bunch of spam posts on http://www.PullersvilleUSA.com

Pullersville USA is a Pligg powered site. Pligg sites are targeted by spammers a lot but my configuration includes several systems that should slow that including a new post moderation system, Spam Traps, Pacific Rim IP blocking,  etc.

Finally went back into basic configuration ande there was the problem staring me in the Face. I forgot to set the ‘Validate user email’ setting which requires users to validate their email address. Should have been set to ‘True’.

Anyway, I work on and can install Pligg based sites if you need someone to build you one. I also build and install Web Based Forum Boards, WordPress based CMS, Multi Site wordPress, Store Fronts, auction, Classified Ad sites and Link Directory systems.

Plain Vanilla Multi-Pligg 1.2.2

Always make current backups of your site, avatars and database just in case something goes wrong.

Discussion:

If you just need to run a second and/or third Pligg Install to divide up your site (and still allow the original, previously registered users to use the old and new pages) then you don’t need to do much more than install a second and third copy of Pligg in sub-directories under your original Pligg.

What you’ll need to do is:

Install Pligg 1.2.2 to the relevant sub directories then run install. Set the new Pligg install(s) to use the original DataBase info but you’ll need to set the MySQL Table Prefix slightly different for each install. Use a underscore at the end of the new name. Helps slightly when doing anything with the MySQL tables later.

Once you’ve done the install and confirmed everything works FTP into your sub-directory and navigate to /libs/define_tables.php. You’ll be editing this slightly. Find the line that says…..

define('table_users', table_prefix  . "users" );

Put a blank line or two above and below that whole line then replace the line with the code below.

// Begin Modified Tables definitions - MultiPligg
  // Modified to use the base tables for MultPligg by J.A.Hawkins
  // Mostly to use the user table from the base Pligg right now
  // More to come as needed
define('table_users', "pligg_users" );
// End of Modified Tables definitions - MultiPligg

 When you’re done save the file back and browse to your site and the proper sub-directory. If you’re logged in then good. If not, that’s okay ,too. Open a second tab or browser window and visit your main page. Login then go back to the Pligg in your new sub-directory. Refresh and you should be logged in there, too.

Do the same for any other sub-directories with new Pligg installs and don’t forget to set the MySQL Table Prefix slightly different for each install.

Think you’re done? Not quite. Each pligg install is a different system that only uses the user base from the top level Pligg. You’ll need to disable several features in the sub-Pliggs to cut down on confusion. Disable Groups for sure. And add a link to your main site on each subsite and disable profile in the menu while you’re there.

In your main Pligg’s menu you’ll probably want links to your sub Pligg Installations. And you can go to your Sub Pligg Installs and fix the Groups and Profile menu items to point back to your main Pligg install. I’ll leave all that up to you.

Posts:

Posts in your Sub Pligg Installs won’t appear in the main Install. I used RSS to send my Posts to main. Works for me. Maybe later I’ll address that issue.

Can I see this working?

Sure, try this link. It’s not a demo as it is a working website.

http://www.FreakyVirginia.com

Will this work with 2.0.x?

I can’t answer that. The idea should be mostly the same but I’m not running on 2.0.x yet. Take a look at the files and give it a try if you want. Your Backups will save you if it doesn’t work and corrupts the top level Pligg. Let me know if you try it…. especially if it works.