Akeeba For WordPress – Kickstart AJAX Loading Error 500

Moving a customers WordPress site to a new hosting plan I ran into this error.

This turned out to be an semi-easy fix. The website size was too large for the hosting. Well not really; however, Akeeba requires 2.5 times the size of the site to fully extract the site.

I looked at the website files to see where I could trim some fat. The site was 400 megs.  There was a folder called “wp-snapshots” which held a backup. I removed all the extraneous files including my first Akeeba backup. Made a new backup which was only 40 megs. This time when I ran Kickstart the site installed without an issue.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

White Label CMS – Brand WordPress CMS as your own

There is some much to learn and know about the various CMS systems out there. While working on a customers WordPress site I noticed how well the site was branded by the company that built it. I was Word-Im-Pressed for sure.

The plug-in was White Label CMS.

They also used Manuals Plug-in. This plug-in has a bunch of video tutorials to show administrators how to do different functions in WordPress. Here is a link to their site.

www.videousermanuals.com

 

I hope this helps someone else out there…

[Solved] – Akeeba for WordPress – The output directory is not writable

I had to move a WordPress site from a test server to my localhost. When I finished my changes I went to run an Akeeba backup, but got the error that the default directory wasn’t writable.

I found this article that helped me.

https://www.akeebabackup.com/documentation/warnings/ch01.html#q001

The solution was to go into Akeeba  >> Configuration Page >> in the output directory field put in “[DEFAULT_OUTPUT]”.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

Solved – WordPress / Gravity Forms and Office 365 Not Receiving Emails

We had a customer move their email to Office 365. They realized they weren’t getting emails from the website anymore. Three people in the company with the same domain name in their email ( ie: @somecompany.com ) were included in the contact us form weren’t getting the emails anymore.

The site was WordPress and they were using Gravity Forms for the contact us form. I added my personal email and I could get the email, but the customer didn’t.  I eventually discovered the email was going into the “Junk” box of their Office 365 account. I needed to “whitelist” the email that was used in the Gravity Form form. That was “recruiting@somecompany.com”.

What eventually solved everything was “whitelisting” their domain in Office 365. I had to go into their Office 365 account as the Admin. Go to the Exchange area.

office_365_admin_center

Select Spam Filter in the Protection menu.

office_365_exchange_center

Edit the default spam filter.

office_365_filter

Lastly, add the domain to the allow lists.

allow_screen_domain_only

 

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

Hively Customer Feedback – tried it, liked it.

I recently used Securi to clean a wordpress site. If you have never used I would highly recommend them. They were fast and through.

When the job was complete they had a “how did we do” box at the bottom of the screen. This link took me to a quick survey made by Hively and integrated into Sucuri’s site.

I really like the way it worked. I don’t know a ton about the service but the experience was very pleasant. I am suggesting to check them out.

http://teamhively.com/

I hope this helps….

Preview your godaddy website before a domain transfer

We often build a clients site on a hosting account where the domain  name hasn’t been transferred or the DNS has been pointed to the new hosting. A common way to solve this issue is to modify your host file on your local machine.

Depending on your Operating System will determine where your local host file will be. Open the file in a common text editor like notepad. The following link helped my find my host file.

http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/website/how-to/modifying-your-hosts-file

Add a line so there is no “#” before your next entry. Add the IP address and the fully qualified domain name.

host_file

To get the IP of your new host it can often be found in the CPanel. In Godaddy it is currently on the left side, down at the bottom under server information.

host_file_server_settings

After you save the host file you will be able to use a browser and go to the domain name and you will get to the new hosting to preview your site. You may need to wait a few minutes. You may need to clear your cashe or hit refresh.

I hope this helps someone else out there….