Computers Posts

How to Move Off of WordPress.com to Your Own Hosted Site

How to Move Off of WordPress.com to Your Own Hosted Site

This is a guide to exporting a blog off of wordpress.com, to your own site using the application provided by wordpress.org. Some back information, wordpress.org is where the actual program wordpress.org is located, and you can download and install on a server. Instead of hosting it yourself though, you can have wordpress.com host it for your at different price levels for different features. If you already have a wordpress.com account, but now want to move off the service, then this post will help you.

Free SSL

Free SSL

SSL certificates are a pain. Even though they can easily be found now for only $10, they still take a while to get load, and renew. A new service from the linux foundation fixes these problems. LetsEncrypt gives you free ssl certificates that are automatically installed and valid in all major browsers. This service is backed by big names such as Firefox, Chrome, CISCO, Facebook. Which makes sense, a more secure internet is good for everyone. Good for everyone but the people how sell the useless SSL badges. So making a free painless SSL installation program makes sense.

How to block a referer ddos attack with fail2ban

How to block a referer ddos attack with fail2ban

A site in Algeria was sending thousands of requests to a server that I manage. On various pages of their site they had hotlinked an image from our site. However, our site did not have that image on it, so I have no idea what it trying to do. Since it was getting a 404, it was not really bogging down the server, but I would rather it get stopped at the firewall level. That way it would not slow down Apache at all. To do that I used Fail2Ban. Here are the steps I used to do this.

Develop Web Pages in Virtualbox

Develop Web Pages in Virtualbox

Sometimes for work purposes you have to use a Windows or a Mac, but you want your development environment exactly the same as you production environment. Which in my case is a Linux Machine. So I my development is in a virtualbox container, and I have my test browser and IDE in Windows. First you need to download virtualbox and install it on your host machine. Go ahead and download what your development machine will be(eg. ubuntu server), this will take some time.

Cheap Stock Photos

Cheap Stock Photos

A lot of time that I spend on this blog is looking for free legal photos. I have used:

I have also used flickr.com and restricted my search by Creative Commons License. I do this by clicking advanced search and selecting “Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content”, “Find content to use commercially”, and “Find content to modify, adapt, or build upon”. I can then use the images legally by making sure I reference the user and link to where I got it from.

I have found a really good solution for stock photos in Dollar Photo Club. It is $99 for 99 photos that I can use them up in a year. Compared to other websites this is very cheap. It saves me a lot of time, I no longer have to scour other sites for my blog post image. It is very much worth $99. This post’s image is from the same site.

UPDATE: Dollar Photo Club has been bought and replaced by Adobe Stock. Boooooo!