Posted 21.10.2014 @ 9.47PM
I heard today what for me was an unusual method of updating a small to medium size Wordpress site but got me curious if I was just naive at thinking so. It is a methodology I've managed on enterprise level sites but seemed overkill on most Wordpress sites.
My current process:
1) Backup files & database, ready to roll back if site breaks at any time.
2) Update Wordpress version, test site to make sure it's still working.
3) Update plugins, one or two at a time if many to update, test each update to ensure site is working.
Process someone else described:
1) Copy & migrate site to a new folder.
2) Export DB from live site and import into new DB.
3) Change all relevant URLs and settings to point copied site to new DB, to create a "staging" version of the site.
4, 5, 6) Go through steps 1-3 from my process above.
7) Change staging site settings and config file to live site URL.
8) In Cpanel or similar point live URL to updated staging site.
9) Test updated live site thoroughly to ensure all your settings and URL changes have been done correctly.
As I said to the person who told me this, it seems like a lot of extra work just for updating plugins, which 90% of the time proceed without a hitch. You might obviously look to do this if something goes wrong with the updating and you need to debug of course, but most of the time why?
What say you folks?
Posted 21.10.2014 @ 4.23PM
Trello would be nice if you could see the top task or two on each of the panels at a glance, rather than having to open each one separately.
And Podio looks great if I wanted a multi-team member tool, a "proper" project management tool in a way, albeit for small projects. But a little much just for myself I feel.
I didn't mind Wunderlist when trying it previously, one drawback for me was not being able to copy a list (above mentioned "master" project task list). I love it's simplicity though, would almost be ideal for me if you could copy lists.
(Ha ha, and seems I'm not the only one: https://support.wunderlist.com/customer/portal/questions/8261079-clone-a-list-list-templates)
I was actually using gubb.net previously before falling out of the habit, and while it doesn't look as "sexy" as some of the others, I like the fact you can copy lists (ie. a "master" project task list) and can view them all on the one screen. I guess it shows how much having a "shiny" interface can help in that if it looked as good as Wunderlist I'd probably still be happy to continue using it. ;)
Posted 18.10.2014 @ 5.15AM
Wondering if anyone can recommend a simple/clean online task management app?
At present just using Google docs, simple enough to create a spreadsheet with task + notes on each line, cross off as I do each one. I find project management apps way overkill so works fine for smaller projects, but always like to know about new tools that I may find useful...
Posted 13.10.2014 @ 5.23AM
This is good:
::For our smaller studio community and visitors there will be cleaner air and more enriching studio environment::
This sounds like more work, something which smaller studios especially are unlikely to have time for:
::coupled with a fascinating design task of setting up and maintaining the installation::
Best solutions need to be easily installed, and *very* low maintenance.
Posted 18.08.2014 @ 11.23AM
Can't add much to what Dave has said.
::there are no tricks, if it's a good site it'll get out there::
That kind of sums it up I think. There are a lot of people out there (the vast majority in my experience) that think 'SEO' is a plugin you can just install to make your site 'rank no 1 on Google' but as @Dave has explained, it's about how your site is built/written/updated.
@JustinFox my point about Coke was:
::Although if you search a company name on Google and it doesn't come up first I would be worried.::
Coke is first when you Google 'Coke'. But so are 99% of the world's companies when you **search for their company name**.
::I think SEO only comes into play when you are looking for "cola drink in Melbourne"::
When you don't know a company and you **search for something based on other information** (location, category, etc), that's when SEO is important.
::For the record, Coke is second on the list when you Google that.::
Karma Cola came up first in my Google search using this example.