Do Not Fear the Command Line

A year and a half ago and the Mac terminal scared me spitless. I didn’t know how to do anything with it and I didn’t know of anything that I really wanted to do with it. Then I started working with Vagrant, and then Git, and then Grunt, and pretty soon the command line didn’t seem so frightening any more. In fact, once I got down a few basic commands I started helping with server administration and other command liney things at the agency I worked for. Read more

WPSessions VIP Enrollment Opens

I just received an email from Brian at WPSessions with the word that WPSessions VIP is now taking enrollments. This signup period will be limited to the first 100 enrollees so if you want to signup then you need to act right away. Here’s the cool part, even if you didn’t sign up for the WPSessions VIP waiting list, you can still use my referral link to secure a spot!

One other thing. Use the coupon code FIRST100 get $50 dollars off of your subscription reducing the price from $247 to $197. But again, you must move quickly because the offer is only valid for the next 48 hours or first 100 enrollees.

I just enrolled and hope to see you in WPSessions also!

A Better Developer via WPSessions

This past week I attended WordCamp Seattle and boy was it amazing! One of my favorite sessions was a panel on Becoming a Better WordPress Developer. During this session, the panel was asked how a developer could become a better developer. The general consensus was to surround yourself with professionals in your field that constantly push you and introduce you to new tools and techniques.

I wholeheartedly agree, but this is somewhat of an abstract idea if you don’t know where to find the professionals in your field, specifically in this case WordPress development. WordCamps are a great place to find these people, but wouldn’t it be great if there was a place to find out about new leaders and stay up to date on a regular basis?

WPSessions

Enter WPSessions

I found out about WPSessions several months ago and promptly signed up for the WordPress and Backbone.js session and it was fantastic! Most recently I signed up for Working with BuddyPress and look forward to watching the recording since I missed it live because of WordCamp Seattle. Read more

Basecamp for WordPress Anyone?

As many of you know, I have been doing this freelancing thing for nearly 3 months now.  I have really been enjoying it and as I ponder what my focus/specialty will be I keep coming back to BuddyPress. I really love the idea of using WordPress to build powerful interactive websites that empower people to collaborate and create a community.

While I would like to start bringing in some more BuddyPress clients, I also have a few product ideas that I am really excited about and one in particular that I would like your feedback on.

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Fighting with MySQL

Feel free to skip ahead to the conclusion.

Recently I just set up a new droplet on DigitalOcean for managing client staging sites. Since I already have a droplet setup there for my blog, I figured I’d just create a new droplet from my existing backups.

This worked great for the first 15 minutes until I started messing with MySQL. I chalked up the first issue to a faulty VM creation sequence and proceeded to destroy and recreate the droplet.

Once setup, I went in to start managing my databases like I had done the previous time and received the same error: “ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can’t connect to local MySQL server through socket ‘/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock’ (2)”. Disheartened I Googled the issue and after coming up empty, decided to destroy and re-create the droplet a third time only this time I would leave the existing databases and only add new ones.

Success! Or so I thought. That strategy worked well for the first day, but as I went in to add another client site today I again came up with the same error. Now I am not a MySQL wiz and barely know enough to keep my server going. So I was scared. I realized this was an issue that I would have to face.

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