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Leave of Absence Notice

Unlike what the nice official looking title says, I am taking a small break, I have to get some studying in, because I have exams in May. So I will be off blog, for a few weeks, (about 7 weeks to be exact), but fear not, the blog will live on. Oh and sad to say this notice is 5 days late, so no Inspirations for April, and May.

I know I haven’t even looked at this blog in weeks, honestly, I didn’t have the motivation or the time, to run through the entire set up needed to make a lot of these blog posts. Right now, I am focusing my efforts on going back to my roots, I am learning the design theory, which will allow me to make better designs.

Then I haven’t coded from scratch in so long, that I am practically useless, in that respect, I however am working with the _S starter template, now I should back track all of this a little, and add that on top of this, I have an 8-4 job now, (I started this week), so no more late nights for me, but here is the kicker, my job is to do everything, that I now do.

It seems like yesterday, I started this blog, but here I am two years down the road, and I just have to smile at all that running this blog has taught me, I would not have, given up this experience for nothing.

Til May Ends,

This is DDMBOSS saying Live, Love, Enjoy: Life / Learn, Create, Inspire: Art

Peace :P

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I started writing this blog post, probably six times now, This week has been hectic, I didn’t really do much development, I fiddled around with my Ubuntu Server, WordPress works just fine, I have BuddyPress setup on it, no problems at all, runs just like it did on xampp. I tried prestashop, I can’t even get the installation to work, it just gives a 403 forbidden error. Personally, I am not really concerned that it isn’t working, because of my history with the platform, I know it to be a pain in the kiester.

I did do a bit of research on eCommerce platforms, and from the looks of it, it’s easier to just use one of the hosted eCommerce platforms, as a lot of these “open source” platforms are extremely unstable, and the ones that are even remotely stable, are either hard to get installed, or hard to develop for. Which in my opinion, does a lot more harm to these platforms than good, and if you are thinking about using woo commerce, on WordPress its expensive as hell. It would be nice if someone, came up with a shopping platform that was is as stable and easy to work with as WordPress, but also came with everything you need to get your store up and running in under an hour.

Other than that, I did a lot of reading and I started familiarizing myself with Markdown, because it makes my life easier when I have to add snippets of code into my blog posts, if you check some of my newer posts you would see it already being used. That is all I have, for now, I am just focusing all my efforts on mastering the WordPress platform (theme and plugin development), then, I see where it goes from there.

Till the next time, I drop one of these, Live, Love, Enjoy: Life

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Just Because Its Been A While

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Would you look at that it’s the end of another month, well, while I can’t bring the month back, I can give you some amazing artworks, that would help you forget about it for a bit. One other thing, If you like the artwork, be sure to support the artist, without any further jibber jabber, here are my picks for the month of february, in no particular order.

I'm My Own Master Now by lonefirewarrior

I’m My Own Master Now by lonefirewarrior

Phare de la pointe Saint Mathieu by Florent Criquet

Phare de la pointe Saint Mathieu by Florent Criquet

KONECRANES/TERSA/BARCELONA INDUSTRIAL by Jesús M. Chamizo

KONECRANES/TERSA/BARCELONA INDUSTRIAL by Jesús M. Chamizo

Fire & Ice by Lisa Holloway

Fire & Ice by Lisa Holloway

Frozen (Elsa) by AllaD8

Frozen (Elsa) by AllaD8

Neverland by Martin Nabelek & Miriam Stastna

Neverland by Martin Nabelek & Miriam Stastna

Magma by Tristan O'Tierney

Magma by Tristan O’Tierney

The Final Journey by LiliaOsipova

The Final Journey by LiliaOsipova

Lost in Red by Laszlo Gal

Lost in Red by Laszlo Gal

Speedpaint: Nothern Light by RHADS

Speedpaint: Nothern Light by RHADS

Emagister by Vasava

Emagister by Vasava

Mount Kidd Reflecting Pools Winter Horizontal by Chip Phillips

Mount Kidd Reflecting Pools Winter Horizontal by Chip Phillips

ARTY by Jose Herrera

ARTY by Jose Herrera

Forest Spine by MoofyModelling

Forest Spine by MoofyModelling

Blizzard Portraits by Joey L.

Blizzard Portraits by Joey L.

Dreaming of Spring by Lisa Holloway

Dreaming of Spring by Lisa Holloway

Ms-Majestic by Mr.Xerty

Ms-Majestic by Mr.Xerty

Magic by SEO

Magic by SEO

Zero the Grappler by Bluefley

Zero the Grappler by Bluefley

Roomie by pjacubinas

Roomie by pjacubinas

Old stuff by Дмитрий Клюшкин

Old stuff by Дмитрий Клюшкин

[ ... solar reflection ] by D-P Photography

[ ... solar reflection ] by D-P Photography

Digital City by Marcin Struniawski & Pixege

Digital City by Marcin Struniawski & Pixege

Lamborghini Sinistro Black Spec by mcmercslr

Lamborghini Sinistro Black Spec by mcmercslr

Sunny by E.G. Photography

Sunny by E.G. Photography

Historical Moments by David Palumbo

Historical Moments by David Palumbo

Insukati Valley by AlexTooth

Insukati Valley by AlexTooth

sun break by Mark Bridger

sun break by Mark Bridger

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Inspiration

Inspiration Pack For February 2014

Thirty pieces of art, to enrich your friday, I hope you enjoy them.

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How To Install WordPress on Ubuntu Server

About WordPress

WordPress is a free and open source website and blogging tool that uses PHP and MySQL. It was created in 2003 and is now the platform of choice for many new websites.

The Setup

Obviously you must have the LAMP stack installed before you can do any of this so LAMP Install Tutorial.

Step One – Download WordPress

you can get WordPress straight from WordPress; just enter this command in the terminal

wget http://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz

That command will download the zipped wordpress package straight to your home directory. Now to unzip it

tar -xzvf latest.tar.gz

Step Two – Create the WordPress Database and User

If you have phpmyadmin installed you can do this entire step from there, and save yourself some time if you don’t proceed.

After we unzip the wordpress files, there will be a directory called wordpress in the home directory.

Before we get going, we need to create the MySQL database for wordpress.

first log into the MySQL Shell:

mysql -u root -p

Login using your MySQL root password (The one you set for MySQL while you were installing it), and then we need to create a wordpress database, a user in that database, and give that user a new password. All MySQL commands must end with a semi-colon

First, let’s make the database. You can use whatever databasename, username, and password, you prefer:

CREATE DATABASE wordpress;
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)

Then we need to create the new user.

CREATE USER wpman@localhost;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

Set the password for the new user:

SET PASSWORD FOR wpman@localhost= PASSWORD("pass");
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

Finish up by granting all privileges to the new user. Without this, the wordpress installer will not even start:

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON wordpress.* TO wpman@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'pass';
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

Then refresh MySQL:

FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

Exist out of the MySQL shell:

exit

Step Three – Setup the WordPress Configuration

The first step is to copy the sample wordpress configuration file, in the wordpress directory, into a new file which we will use as the wordpress config

cp ~/wordpress/wp-config-sample.php ~/wordpress/wp-config.php

Then open the wordpress config file we just created:

sudo nano ~/wordpress/wp-config.php

Find the section containing the fields below and enter the correct name for your database, username, and password

// ** MySQL settings - You can get this info from your web host ** //
/** The name of the database for WordPress */
define('DB_NAME', 'wordpress');

/** MySQL database username */
define('DB_USER', 'wpman');

/** MySQL database password */
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'pass');

Save and Exit.

Step Four – Copying the Files

We are on the home stretch now, all that we have to do is copy the wordpress files that are sitting in our home directory, and move the to the website’s root directory.

sudo rsync -avP ~/wordpress/ /var/www/

Then we need to enable a few things

For the wordpress form to work you need to make sure that ~php5-gd~ is installed if it not

sudo apt-get install php5-gd

then we need to allow for Pretty Permalinks (like the one you clicked to view this tutorial)

sudo a2enmod rewrite

after that we need to allow the apache user ownership of the directory

sudo chown -R www-data:username /var/www && sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www

then we need to edit the website configuration file

If you are using the default apache configuration (no virtual hosts), the apache directory rules for the website would be in one of two places,

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default.conf

or

sudo nano /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

open one of the files and look for:

<Directory /var/www/>
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Require all granted

changing AllowOveride None to AllowOverride All . This is required so that wordpress can use .htaccess.

Save and Close the document.

Finally. Restart Apache

sudo service apache2 restart

Step Five – Access the WordPress Installation

After all that hard work, you can now go ahead to the rest of the wordpress installation.

Reference: Digital Ocean

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How To Install PhpMyAdmin on Ubuntu Server

About PhpMyAdmin

phpMyAdmin is a free web software created to work with MySQL on the web. It provides a convenient visual front-end to the MySQL capabilities.

Setup

Before anything can get started you must have the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack installed  on your server. If you don’t go here first then come back.

Once you have everything in place, let’s get down to business.

Installing PhpMyAdmin

Open up the terminal and enter the following

sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin

During the installation, phpMyAdmin will walk you through a basic configuration. Once the process starts, follow these steps:

  • Select Apache2 for the server
  • Choose YES when asked about whether to configure the database for phpmyadmin with dbconfig-common
  • Enter you MySQL password when prompted
  • Enter the password that you want to use to log into phpmyadmin with

This next step is optional, you can add it, but if apache returns an error just remove the line.

add phpmyadmin to the apache configuration

sudo nano /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

add the phpmyadmin config to the file

Include /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf

Restart apache

sudo service apache2 restart

if everything goes well just go to [ipaddress or domain name]/phpmyadmin. The default user is root, and then just enter the password you set for phpmyadmin and that is it.

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Good News and Even Better News

Good day fine people of earth, yep another update, (at this rate I should just open a whole category for it) anyway, yesterday was the official 2 year anniversary of this blog. Would you believe it, 2 whole years, this blog has been active for. In other awesome news my Tumblr blog, this blog’s namesake, turned 1 yr yesterday. But to just throw every thing over the top, I finally got WordPress working in Ubuntu, (with pretty permalinks). So that plus the tutorial for the setup of PhpMyAdmin will be coming later (for around 8 – 10).

Right now I am overjoyed, but I am still testing it, I am thinking about setting up virtual hosts and installing Varnish, if I do and they work, well you will hear about it. Other than that, tomorrow is the end of the month and its time for me to take in some fine art,  and feel inspired.

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Quote #200 – Love A Girl For Her Gameplay

For those of you who don’t get it, it means you should love someone for what is inside, and not how they look, rather appropriate if I do say so myself.

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