Exploring The Internet http://www.learningwp.com Exploring the web - Growing my online experience Mon, 04 Apr 2016 02:21:50 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0 How to Transfer a Domain from IX Hosting to GoDaddy?http://www.learningwp.com/how-to-transfer-a-domain-from-ix-hosting-to-godaddy.html http://www.learningwp.com/how-to-transfer-a-domain-from-ix-hosting-to-godaddy.html#comments Tue, 09 Apr 2013 20:48:20 +0000 Lana http://www.learningwp.com/?p=1645 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?http://www.learningwp.com/add-top-sidebar-to-cutline-theme.html http://www.learningwp.com/add-top-sidebar-to-cutline-theme.html#comments Mon, 28 Jan 2013 02:00:19 +0000 Lana http://www.learningwp.com/?p=1631 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
    I changed the above code to be the following code, see the differences in red:
  • 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?http://www.learningwp.com/make-self-hosted-wordpress-blog-dofollow.html http://www.learningwp.com/make-self-hosted-wordpress-blog-dofollow.html#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2011 05:21:08 +0000 Lana http://www.learningwp.com/?p=1345 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 Accountshttp://www.learningwp.com/learn-about-google-adwords-accounts.html http://www.learningwp.com/learn-about-google-adwords-accounts.html#comments Thu, 03 Dec 2009 01:08:42 +0000 Lana http://www.learningwp.com/?p=861 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:
  • 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.

Learn more about Google AdWords here.

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How to Rename a Folder Without Much Downtime in Your CPanel?http://www.learningwp.com/rename-folder-without-much-downtime-cpanel.html http://www.learningwp.com/rename-folder-without-much-downtime-cpanel.html#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2009 21:12:56 +0000 Lana http://www.learningwp.com/?p=711 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

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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.


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/ 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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How to Transfer a Domain From GoDaddy to Hostmonster?http://www.learningwp.com/how-to-transfer-a-domain-from-godaddy-to-hostmonster.html http://www.learningwp.com/how-to-transfer-a-domain-from-godaddy-to-hostmonster.html#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2009 06:59:10 +0000 Lana http://www.learningwp.com/?p=640 I’ve successfully transferred learningwp.com – the current blog domain from GoDaddy to Hostmonster.com a while ago. Since many people are interested in how each step was being processed, I think it is necessary to write them down before my memory is faded. It is also good reference for myself if one day I want to do it again.

I ordered this domain at GoDaddy.com back in September, 2008. However, GoDaddy would not allow me to transfer my domain within 60 days. Since I also ordered five other domains to take advantage of getting Free private registration, because of that it made it so hard for me to transfer my domain from GoDaddy.

I had to call GoDaddy‘s support hotline, someone helped me get the user-id so that I could login to Domains By Proxy to disable the private protection on learningwp.com.

After that I logged in to my GoDaddy.com account, go to MY PRODUCTS ->Domains->Domain Manager, a new window will pop-up.

  • Click on the active domain link you wish to transfer.
  • On the top menu, click on Nameservers and change server 1 and server 2 to be Hostmonster.com nameservers and click on OK. See screenshot below:
  • set_nameservers

  • Then make sure you unlock your domain.
  • Set Auto Renew to be manual instead of auto-renew.
  • Then click on Refresh Page.
  • Before you click on Send by Email about your Authorization Code, double check to ensure you have an updated email (very important). See screenshot below for these details:
  • domain_information

  • Next step is to login to Hostmonster.com. If you don’t have an account yet, now it is the best time to sign up since it is offering $4.95/month. I don’t know how long this offer will last. However, if you have other web host, your cpanel might look a little bit difference than mine.
  • On the top menu, click on Domain Manager.
  • Under Shortcuts, click on Transfer a new domain to your account.
  • Enter the domain you want to transfer and click on Continue button.
  • Next you need to enter Epp authorization code that you’ve got earlier in email from GoDaddy.com and click on Continue button.
  • Then click on Add to Cart button.
  • Make sure you also turn on the Free private protection. No charge.
  • Lastly you just have to wait for GoDaddy to send you an email of notification about your transfer.

Please be aware that Domain Name System (DNS) usually takes 24 to 48 hours to propagate. The whole process should take about 7 days. In my case it took 5 days.

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What is New With WordPress 2.7.1?http://www.learningwp.com/what-is-new-with-wordpress-271.html http://www.learningwp.com/what-is-new-with-wordpress-271.html#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2009 05:11:42 +0000 Lana http://www.learningwp.com/?p=538 WordPress 2.7.1 was released on February 10, 2009, and it fixed 68 tickets.  Here is the full set of changes between 2.7 and 2.71. I’ve received this update notification of WordPress 2.7.1 within my WP-admin for a while now. I’ve always waited for a few weeks to see everything is OK.

For the previous versions I’ve always upgraded my WordPress blog manually. Today I attempt to do the same thing so I hit the manual button, but to my surprise that my blog was upgraded automatically instead. I am thinking, “Is this a bug?” Or “Did I do something wrong?” I am wondering that anybody has the same experience as me. I hope I did not screw up anything. Good thing is I’ve always backuped my site.

For people who have versions earlier than WordPress 2.7.1, you have to upgrade your version to this new one manually. But first you have to find out whether your theme, plugins, or anything related to this upgrade are compatible or not. Then proceed to download WordPress 2.7.1 here.  For instructions of how to upgrade to it, follow this link here.

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Monetize Your Blog With a RSS Plugin?http://www.learningwp.com/monetize-your-blog-with-a-rss-plugin.html http://www.learningwp.com/monetize-your-blog-with-a-rss-plugin.html#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2009 03:07:04 +0000 Lana http://www.learningwp.com/?p=322 I recently found a very useful RSS plugin that will allow you to monetize your blog with it. It will permit you to place RSS feeds below each of your articles. With it you can now promote eBay’s products, ClickBank products, and any other affiliate products that allow you to generate RSS feeds with. I am so excited that I want to share this great plugin with you.

This simple RSS plugin is called FirstRSS. Download it from its owner’s website. Did I mention that it is Free? After that unzip that file and upload it to your blog’s directory like this: /public_html/wp-content/plugins/. (assuming that you are using self-hosted WordPress blog too).

One drawback that I found out so far is you can only be allowed to show its default feeds which is 10. I don’t know about you but I think 10 feeds for an article is too many. I want to show less than 5 feeds or at most 5 feeds. Here is the solution for that:

  • Log in to your WordPress admin erea.
  • Click on Plugins/FirstRSS/Edit.
  • Before you attempt to make any changes, make sure you save a copy of it.
  • Find the following codes in firstRSS.php:

    foreach($rss->items as $item) {
    $title = $item[title];
    $link = htmlentities($item[link]);
    $desc = $item[description];
    if ($title != '') $disp .= "\t<b><a href='$link'>$title</a></b>\n<br />";
    if ($desc != '') $disp .= "\t$desc\n<br />";

  • And replace them with the codes below:

    foreach($rss->items as $item) {
    if($i < 5) {
    $title = $item[title];
    $link = htmlentities($item[link]);
    $desc = $item[description];
    if ($title != '') $disp .= "\t<b><a href='$link'>$title</a></b>\n<br />";
    if ($desc != '') $disp .= "\t$desc\n<br />";

This will allow you to control how many RSS feeds you’ve preferred. I like to display [rsspara:URL] instead of [rsslist:URL] below my post because [rsspara:URL] will allow me to show not only links but images and descriptions of the products as well. Make sure you get a RSS url from any affiliate site you’ve participated and replace the URL with the feed’s url that you’ve got. If you’ve done it right, you will see an example just like the one below.

Another drawback is that it shows what category and keywords with a logo in its feeds. I don’t like that. I am still searching an answer for it. I’ll keep you posted once I find the solution.

Update: The solution for the above question is shown below. You need to find the following three $disp code lines and comment them out. Make sure you save the file:

$disp .= "\t<a href='$link'><img src='$url' alt='$title' /></a><br />\n";
$disp .= "\t<big><a href='$link'>$title</a></big><br />\n";
$disp .= "\n\t<br />\n";

Now go ahead and test it out. Does it work? Mine is working. See the example below.

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How to Change Your Cutline Theme’s Background Color?http://www.learningwp.com/how-to-change-your-cutline-themes-background-color.html http://www.learningwp.com/how-to-change-your-cutline-themes-background-color.html#comments Sun, 28 Dec 2008 23:58:25 +0000 Lana http://www.learningwp.com/?p=262 Although Cutline is not compatible with WordPress 2.7, I don’t plan to change it because I have customized this theme a lot for my blog. I upgraded my blog to WordPress 2.7 not long ago, I don’t see anything wrong with it yet. Maybe time will tell. Here are the steps that I’ve followed to change the background color in my Cutline theme – by the way I am using Cutline 3-Column Right:

  • Log in to your WordPress 2.7 admin area.
  • Expand Appearance (at the left side bar)if it is collapsed.
  • Click on Editor/Stylesheet(style.css), find body { background: #fff; and chang #fff to be any other color you like.
  • Now the problem is that your entire blog page color will be changed to whatever body color you’ve chosen. You need to find the following codes and add background: #fffff to the end of each code (change fffff to be any other color you prefer). See the changes below:
  • #container { width: 970px; margin: 15px auto 0 auto; background: #fffff }
    #content_box { width: 970px; text-align: left; float: left; clear: both; background: #fffff }
    #content { width: 500px; padding: 0 20px 0 0; float: left; background: #fffff }
    #sidebar { width: 210px; padding: 0 0 0 15px; float: left; background: #fffff }
    #footer { width: 970px; padding: 1.2em 0 0 0; border-top: 2px solid #ccc; float: left; clear: both; background: #fffff }

  • Now if you check your blog, you will find out that your navigational bar background color is still the same as your theme’s body color. Search the following codes and do the same procedure as above step:
  • ul#nav { list-style: none; width: 970px; padding: 0 10px; background: url('images/hr_dot_black.gif') repeat-x; border-bottom: 3px solid #000; float: left; clear: both; background: #fffff }
    ul#nav li { padding: 0.85em 40px 0.7em 0; font: bold 1.4em Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; float: left; background: #fffff }
    ul#nav li a, ul#nav li a:visited { color: #000; text-decoration: none; background: #fffff }
    ul#nav li a:hover { color: #000; text-decoration: underline; background: #fffff }
    ul#nav li a.current, ul#nav li a.current:visited, ul#nav li a.current:hover { color: #090; text-decoration: underline; background: #fffff }
    ul#nav li.rss { padding: 0.85em 0 0.7em 0; float: right; background: #fffff }
    ul#nav li.rss a { padding: 0 18px 0 0; background: url('images/icon_rss.gif') 100% 50% no-repeat; background: #fffff }

  • The last thing you need to do is to give your template some left and right margins. How can you do that? Find the code and see the changes I’ve made for you:
  • #content { width: 468px; padding: 0 15px 0 15px; float: left; background: #fffff }

I also find out that I needed to change the number in my footer section. See the change below:

#footer { width: 955px; padding: 1.2em 0 0 0; border-top: 2px solid #ccc; float: left; clear: both; background: #fffff }

Now go to check your blog again. Did it come out the way you like? Hope you enjoy it.

Update as of January 12, 2009, Cutline versions 2.2 and 1.4 3-Column were released and they are compatible with WordPress 2.7 since.

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Upgrade to WordPress 2.7? Ready?http://www.learningwp.com/upgrade-to-wordpress-27-ready.html http://www.learningwp.com/upgrade-to-wordpress-27-ready.html#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2008 22:34:08 +0000 Lana http://www.learningwp.com/?p=244 WordPress 2.7 was released on December 11, 2007. This is the next generation of WordPress. Are you ready for it yet?

WordPress 2.7 has a completely new look of its dashboard. It allows its users to arrange new modules by dragging and dropping them around. It also provides new features such as QuickPress, comment threading, paging, and the ability to reply to comments inside the dashboard. Moreover, it built in the ability to install any plugin directly from WordPress.org with a single click only.

On the upper side corner there is a new feature named “Screen Options” which allow you to check or uncheck the choices of the modules to be shown in the dashboard. The most excited news about WordPress 2.7 is that it built in the ability to allow you to automatically upgrade your future WordPress version with a single click.

Although some people don’t like the new dashboard of WordPress 2.7, I don’t mind to have that. I can understand why some people are not easy to accept new ideas, new looks, new technologies, and etc. For me I am ready. So this is the last time you ever have to manually upgrade WordPress again. If you are readdy, here we go:

  • Check to see your host is compatible with WordPress 2.7.
  • Check to find out your plugins are compatible with WordPress 2.7.
  • Check to be sure your theme is compatible with WordPress 2.7.
  • If everything works fine for you, then you can download WordPress 2.7 here.
  • Deactivate all your plugins before you proceed.
  • You can use WordPress Automatic Upgrade Plugin to upgrade to WordPress 2.7 in about two minutes (after that say bye-bye to this plugin because you don’t need it any more). If you like to manually upgrade your existing WordPress version to WordPress 2.7, just follow along.
  • Back up all your WordPress files to your laptop/PC. You may use FTP to get the job done.
  • You should double check to make sure that your backups are usable.
  • Delete the old WordPress files except the following files:
    • wp-config.php file
    • wp-content folder
    • wp-images folder (only older installations from 1.5.x days will have this folder)
    • wp-includes/languages/folder; if you are using a language file, and it is here rather than in wp-content/languages/, do not delete this folder (you might want to move your language files to wp-content/languages/ for easier upgrading in the future)
    • .htaccessfile (if you have added custom rules to your .htaccess, do not delete it)
    • Custom Content and/or Plugins (if you have any images or other custom content or Plugins inside the wp-content folder, do not delete them).
  • You may use FTP to upload your unzipped WordPress 2.7 files to your WordPress directory.
  • In your web browser, type http://www.yoursitename.com/wp-admin/ and hit enter. It will guide you whether you need to upgrade your database or not. It turns out that I needed to upgrade my database this time. (Make sure you replace yoursitename wiith your own domain name.)
  • The final step is to reactivate all your plugins in the dashboard of your WordPress 2.7.

Now go ahead. Get familiar with the new features in WordPress 2.7 and enjoy!

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