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How to Transfer a Domain from IX Hosting to GoDaddy?

April 9th, 2013 · Blogging Tips, WordPress Tips

Two years ago I signed up to IX Hosting just to try out their Expert Plan and I got a free domain. Time flies! Now it is almost time to decide whether stay with them or not. Their CPanel is different than others. Since I already have most of my domains with GoDaddy and hosted with Hostgator, I will transfer my domain I’ve got free with IX Hosting. Although I am a happy customer with both of IX Hosting and Hostgator, honestly I do like Hostgator better. It is so easy for me to moving things around and do what I need to do. Now Godaddy let me transfer my domain from only $0.99 & Free 1-yr extension. The following steps describe how I transfer my free domain fro IX Hosting to GoDaddy:

On IX Hosting site:

  • I  logged in IX hosting account. From there I clicked on Manage My Domain Reg(s). See below: An Image of Manage My Domain
  • It led me to a new page. I then click to unlock my domain (it is needed for transfer). See below: An Image of Unlock Domain
  • On the same page, I clicked on Settings under Actions, see below: An Image of Actions Settings
  • An extended page open, I then clicked on Domain Overview. See below: An Image of Domain Overview
  • It led me to a page that allows me to get an authorization code (it is needed for domain transfer) by click on a button Send Auth Code. See below:  An Image of Send Autorization Code
  • Now check your email to make sure you get the authorization code.

Next on GoDaddy website.

  • First I logged in Godaddy site, and click on Find Your Domain. See below: An Image of Find Your Domain
  • Next clicked on Transfer Domain link. See below: An Image of Transfer Domains
  • Then typed the domain to be transfer in the text field and click GO. See below: An Image of Type Domain Name
  • It led me to the next screen. See below: An Image of Domain Transfer
  • I clicked on Proceed to Checkout. It led me to a couple of offers. See below: An Image of Offers
  • I just skipped all the offers and clicked on Continue button a couple times.
  • Now I just paid my $0.99 plus ICNN fee $0.18 with GoDaddy code CM99COM
  • After that GoDaddy showed we’ve sent emails to xxxxxx@gmail.com with important information about your new purchases.
  • Login to GoDaddy, click My Account.
  • In the My Account section under Domain Related, select Domain Transfers.
  • Select the transfers to restart, and then click Restart Transfer to proceed.
  • Clicked Launch, it led to the next screen.
  • Clicked Restart Transfer, then it popuped and said “To restart your domain transfer request, click OK.”
  • Then GoDaddy would show this: When we’re done, we’ll send your Transfer IDs to your admin email address. Be sure to check your spam folders. This usually takes less than 5 minutes. However, this can take up to 30 minutes to reach your inbox. These time frames are estimates and not guaranteed.
  • Next click Authorize Transfer button, a popup window showed up. See below: An Image of Authorize Transfer
  • Filled in Transaction ID and Security Code (you should get them from your admin email that GoDaddy had sent to you), and clicked Next
  • A new popup showed up. See below: Another Image of Authorize transfer
  • Next entered Authorization Code that you got earlier from IX hosting, ticked next to “I authorize the transfer of all domains in this list not on hold”, and clicked Next.
  • Next the popup screen showed up: An Image of Final Note
  • Then clicked OK.

In about a week GoDaddy will send an email to you saying your domain transferred successfully.

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How to Add a Top Sidebar to a Cutline Theme?

January 27th, 2013 · Blogging Tips, How to, WordPress Themes, WordPress Tips

This site is using Cutline-1.4-3ColumnRight. I have already made many customizations to this theme. As you may already notice, I’ve added a top sidebar to my existing sidebars. The following steps describe how I’ve accomplished this task.

  • First I opened functions.php with my Dreamweaver editor (if you don’t have Dreamweaver editor, using others), then I found this line
    register_sidebars(2)
    I changed the above code to be the following code, see the differences in red:
    register_sidebars(3)
  • Second I opened sidebar.php with Dreamweaver and saved this file as t_sidebar.php (it doesn’t matter whatever name it was saved). Then I found these lines
    <div id="sidebar">
    <ul class="sidebar_list">
    <?php if (!function_exists('dynamic_sidebar') || !dynamic_sidebar(1)) : ?>

    I changed the above code to be the following code, see the differences in red:
    <div id="t_sidebar">
    <ul class="t_sidebar_list">
    <?php if (!function_exists('dynamic_sidebar') || !dynamic_sidebar(3)) : ?>
  • Third I opened index.php, page.php, single.php, search.php, archive.php, archives.php files and scroll each file all the way down to find these lines
    <?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/sidebar.php'); ?>
    <?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/r_sidebar.php'); ?>

    I then added the third line to the above code, see the red line below:
    <?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/sidebar.php'); ?>
    <?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/r_sidebar.php'); ?>
    <?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/t_sidebar.php'); ?>

    I then saved all these files.
  • Finally I opened this file style.css and styled the t_sidebar the way I liked.

Check it out at the top right corner! What do you think? Would you like to add a top sidebar to your Cutline theme blog? Tell us why or why not in our comment section.
 
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How to Make a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog Dofollow?

August 22nd, 2011 · WordPress Plugins, WordPress Tips

How to make a self-hosted WordPress blog dofollow? There are many articles out there on the Internet talking about it. Basically a dofollow blog is a blog that will give you link juice when you comment on it. Search engines will follow your link back to your blog. Each link will be counted as a vote. The more votes you have the better.

The following plugins can help you enable dofollow attribute. Some of them allow you to manually turn it on or off. If this is what you want to do, then check them out through this link: DoFollow Plugins

For me, I prefer to make my self-hosted WordPress blog dofollow without a plugin because too many plugins will slow down my blog. Speed matters nowadays. If you like to change nofollow attribute to be dofollow attribute without a plugin, then these steps will help:

  • Sign in your hosting cPanel or use FTP as I do
  • Access this file through File Manager in cPanel
  • It should lead you to public_html/
  • Then locate this file as /wp-includes/comment-template.php
  • Before you make any changes to comment-template.php, save a backup of it first
  • Next hold Ctrl and hit F at the same time to bring up a search bar.
  • Copy and paste the following code in the search box to find it:
    $return = "<a href='$url' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>$author</a>";

    Change the above code to be the follow code:

    $return = "<a href='$url' rel='external' class='url'>$author</a>";

    You can see the differences in red.

  • Last make sure you save your file

That is it. If you want to know whether it works or not, Checking Whether A Blog is Dofollow or Nofollow can help. Or you can use a tool called SEO Toolbar to find out instantly.

Would you like to change your nofollow blog to be dofollow blog? Tell us why or why not in our comment section.

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Learn About Google AdWords Accounts

December 2nd, 2009 · Google Service

I just signed up for Google AdWords account to utilize the Google‘s $100 coupon I’ve got from my Google AdSense account. It will allow webmasters to purchase Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertisements. The following are the steps that show you how I’ve done it:

  • Go to http://www.adwords.google.com home page. Click on Start now. See below: google-adwords-sign-up1
  • Next step sign in with your Google AdSense account. See below: google-adwords-sign-up2
  • Next set up time zone and currency. Do it carefully because it can not be changed after being set up. See below: google-adwords-sign-up3
  • That is it. You have successfully create your Google AdWords account. There is a one-time $5 charge to set up your Google AdWords.
  • Next sign in with your Google AdSense account if that is what you chose to sign up. Click at Create your first campaign. See below:
    google-adwords-first-campaign1
  • Next name your first campaign and first ad group with keywords-targeted.
  • Next choose a locations, languages, and demographics for your ads.
  • Then create your first ad. Fill in the headline, ad descriptions, and your URL.
  • Then select your keywords, set daily budget, default CPC (cost per click) bid. Don’t set default CPC content bid if you are new to Google AdWords.
  • Finally save your campaign. Within minutes your ad will be active and running.

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How to Rename a Folder Without Much Downtime in Your CPanel?

August 5th, 2009 · Blogging Tips, Domain, How to, WordPress Tips

Recently I had to rename a fold from my server’s cPanel due to the reason that the domain used to be there had been transferred. Now the name of that folder does not reflect the new domain’s content. I just want a more appropriate name for that folder so I will not be confused either. However, it just would not allow me to directly rename it from the server. Every time when I attempted to change that folder’s name to something else. It would bring down that website. All I got is this

Not Found
The requested URL /index.php was not found on this server.

Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

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Apache/2.2.11 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.2.11 OpenSSL/0.9.8k DAV/2 mod_auth_passthrough/2.1 mod_bwlimited/1.4 FrontPage/5.0.2.2635 Server at www.mycoolonlinestores.com Port 80“.

I searched the Internet for a solution. Here is the way of how I’ve got it to work. I am sure someone may be interested in this. So why not writing down these steps of how I’ve solved this problem? By the way, the name of the folder I’ve tried to change is associated with a self-hosted WordPress site. And the cPanel is associated with Hostmonster‘s cPanel.

  • First download all the files within that folder to your local computer. I use FTP to get the job done.
  • Next create a new folder in your server with whatever name you’ve preferred and upload those files that you’ve downloaded earlier to this new folder.
  • Next log in to your cPanel and click on phpMyadmin. A new window would pop up. It will allow you to export (backup) your database. See details here. Don’t close this window, you’ll need it later.
  • Now go back to your cPanel. Click on MySQL ® Databases or MySQL ® Database Wizard to create a new database. See this tutorial here. Remember its user name and password.
  • Then open your database you’ve backuped earlier with Notepad editor. Hit Ctrl and F at the same time to bring up a search box. Type in Database and replace old database name with the new one. Also type in public_html and replace old folder name with the new one. Make sure you save it in your new database name.
  • Now go back to phpMyadmin window. The one I told you earlier not to close it. Click on Import to upload your amended database.
  • Then open wp-config.php (should be in the root directory of your new folder). Edit and upload it back to the same place. See details below:

    define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘databasename‘); // Change databasename to be your new database name
    define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘mysqlpassword‘); // Change mysqlpassword to be your new MYSQL password
    define(‘DB_USER’, ‘mysqlusername‘); // Change mysqlusername to be your new MySQL username
    define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’); // Leave the way it is.

  • Since the domain is assigned to the old folder, there is no way that you can assign it to the new folder. However, you need to click on Domain Manager in your cPanel. Once you are there, tick that domain. On your right side, scroll down to un-assign that domain to your cPanel. Quickly, during this time your website will be down.
  • Finally go back to cPanel and click on Addon Domains. A new page will open, assign that domain to your new folder and hit Add Domain button. See details below:

    Step 1 Tick next to “Use a domain that is already associated with your account”. Scroll down to find it.

    Step 2 Leave it alone.

    Step 3 Tick next to “Addon Domain”.

    Step 4 Tick next to “Use an existing directory”. And below “Sub-domain:” type in your new folder’s name.

Now type your website’s url in your browser. If everything works fine, you should be able to see your website up and running again. Some people might have different approach. Feel free to talk about yours here in comment section. Any other feedback is welcome too.

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