A Little Spring (Fall?) Cleaning

August 12th, 2012 by Curtiss Grymala
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In the beginning, we set up a WordPress website to act as our public-facing site for Ten-321 Enterprises. As somewhat of an experiment, we set it up as a multisite installation, even though the main Ten-321 website was initially the only site in the network.

As WordPress projects came along, though, we would add a new site to the network and do all of our development (plugins, custom themes, etc.) in that new site on the Ten-321 network. At first, this was no big issue. However, over time, we’ve been slowly adding and adding to our main network; and it started to become a bit unwieldy after a while. Read the rest of this entry »

WordPress Summit 2012

May 12th, 2012 by Curtiss Grymala

I am extremely proud to share that I will be presenting at the 2012 Environments for Humans WP Summit. Environments for Humans brings fantastic conferences online, allowing attendance from all over the world. They put on the Accessibility Summit, the WP Summit, the jQuery Summit and more (including the dotEduGuru Summit).

During this year’s WP Summit, I will be presenting a brief overview of WordPress Multi-Network; explaining what that means and how it works.

If you’re interested in learning a little more about WordPress Multi-Network, or any of the other topics being discussed at the WP Summit, I would highly recommend attending.

Updating to WordPress 3.1

March 9th, 2011 by Curtiss Grymala
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As you may or may not know, WordPress 3.1 was released about 2 weeks ago. We at Ten-321 Enterprises have slowly been going through and updating many of the WordPress-based websites we maintain. Overall, the process seems to take an average of around 30 minutes. To some, that may seem like a long time, but we want to make sure we do everything methodically and take extra precautionary measures when performing updates.

The process we follow is:

  1. Perform a complete backup of the site (this includes the whole database and all files on the site/server – even tables and files not directly related to WordPress). Under most circumstances, we will use the WordPress EZ Backup plugin to perform the backups. However, some servers do not support the tools necessary to use WP EZ Backup, so we have to run a manual backup.
  2. Update all plugins with available updates, checking to make sure nothing on the site broke after each plugin is updated.
  3. Perform another complete backup (so that we can revert to the version with updated plugins if the core update fails for some reason).
  4. Deactivate any plugins that are known to cause conflicts or errors when updating the core.
  5. Perform the core update.
  6. Ensure that any cached pages (we use WP Super Cache on quite a few sites) are cleared out.
  7. Reactivate any plugins we deactivated prior to performing the update.
  8. Review the entire site to ensure no errors or issues popped up after the update.

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