Some Days I Wish I Could Just Start All Over

Its been a month since my last blog post the one in which I promised to start blogging again regularly, well as you can see I am full of baloney. You know some days I browse through my blog and I just wish that I had known then what I know now and not have turned this blog into the “Windows 8″ of blogs, you know and honestly I just feel like just tearing this blog down and starting all over, fresh, but then to start all over and regain all the followers I have is not an easy task.

So this is what I am going to do, the entire tutorials section has to be revamped, and a lot of categories are going to be dropped, and I don’t mean hidden, I mean dropped as in no more shall it exist on the blog, unless I re-add it, and if I re-add any category, it would mean that I personally, have written up a tutorial for that said category, no more link cataloging, it has to be original or I must have done the tutorial myself before I can add it, which would greatly put myself control in check.

As of now, I mostly focus on web and graphic design so that is what most of the tutorials will be on, I will keep the tech category, though its name might change, because I do electronics repairs from time to time and it would be nice to post a few tutorials, but I would have to watch said tutorials from start to finish before I post them.

Movie Madness Weekend and Quotes, those I am not troubling them, because I know that as soon as I have more free time, they will be back in full. The inspiration category, will now have subcategories, instead of one post with everything from graphic design to mockups. Articles and series categories are gone.

I really wish I could post more regularly but, I am strapped for time, last week my motto was eat sleep work repeat, but that is a story for another time.

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What I’ve Been Up To – June 11th 2014

7257479392_434a3093b1_oSince the last time I posted anything on this blog, Life has been somewhat calmer, I am still not getting my full 8 hours of sleep, but I am much more relaxed.

Right now, I am still getting used to getting up everyday at 5 and having to get ready for work, still a new concept for me. For the foreseeable future I would try to drop one of these mega updates where I just write any and everything into one long rambling of a post, strap a bunch of pictures, videos and quotes and then hit publish.

So last time, I talked about the sites that I am working on, so after a huge spike in resource usage, still don’t know why, I just said “to hell with it”, and I took out BuddyPress from all the sites, and started using Disqus as my commenting system, so far, the sites are running smoothly, but I haven’t told my boss about it as yet, (that’s a bridge to be crossed at a later date). I am looking into though, moving existing WordPress sites into a multisite, but so far, everyone is saying the same thing, stay far far far away from the default WordPress importer.

The method I keep encountering is the manual way, where you go into you MySQL database, and get the specific tables and copy the data over, the run a few scripts to update the permalinks, now I am all for them, but they do seem a bit challenging, especially since a lot of these tutorials, seem to just gloss over things they feel everyone would/should know.

Once I can get it up and running smoothly I will try to do it, with a multisite, I have set up, and if it works, then I will start attempting to transfer the sites, I do have to recreate the existing multisite, but that isn’t any problem for me.

I did manage to drool over the new trailer for GTA V for PS4 and PC, even though the trailer was captured using a PS4, those graphics brought tears to my eyes.

kinopoisk.ruBut I quickly grew up, and manned up,
Because I got my hands on 300: Rise of an Empire, now don’t hate me or anything, but well all knew this movie was going to be shit compared to the original, but I watched the movie nonetheless, and I must say I was not disappointed, though, it is shit, I did want to watch it a couple of times more before I deleted it.

The storyline behind the movie was a C- at best but the action scenes and slow motion, made it hard for you to take your eyes off of it, and for those of you interested in the sex scene, she was hot, he was a noob, but that is my opinion

I have started watching a JavaScript tutorial course, so far it seems promising but 8hrs of video (God Help Me), but I do have a couple of months to work with so why stress. I still haven’t done any major designs, or graphic work since the last design I posted a year ago, but I am keeping my skills sharp. I am also still taking music lessons, my instrument of choice being the bass guitar, though, my mind and my hands know what to do, my biggest problem is getting them to do it.

Hopefully, you made it to the end of whatever I just wrote there, as always, Live, Love, Enjoy: Life.

Quote: Don't Trust People Who Don't Love Themselves

Hello Again

Quote: Don't Trust People Who Don't Love ThemselvesA few weeks ago, I decided to drop everything, go full antisocial, no blogging, just pure studying, boy am I a hypocrite, I never studied for my exams until the night before, but I did get a lot of work done, and yes I still have my job, which is now the longest I have ever been employed for (because I have never been employed). Anyway water under the bridge, so without furdo wordy lingo WAZZUPP!

I must say it was extremely boring, everyday, I was “you have to study”, and then I would respond with, “I have time”, but I did my three exams, I think I passed them, I won’t say 90% but you know 75% never killed anyone.

Onto the topic of my employment, I am now working with SVGBC, I worked with them already in the past, and a place opened up and I got called. My job outline, as how I interpreted it, I am basically in charge of their websites, I am responsible for the web design, graphic design, content publishing, social media accounts, and general web maintenance of their four websites, which basically boils down to a shit ton of work, and I am only actively managing two sites. I like the work, because it is my area of passion, but for one person to manage, is too daunting of a task.

When I started, only one of the sites was being actively maintained, it was an entertainment type website for a radio station, so I went in got some fresh posts up and whatever, got the plugins up to scratch, got rid of all the extra rubbish and called it good to go.

Next up was a smaller website, this site has more of a pop culture type vybe, because it’s for an easy listening radio station, “fair enough”, I said, and I started working on a theme layout for it, I decided to modify the TwentyFourteen theme, which you can check out hereIt turned out really great, though I still have a bit of work to do on it, with regards to the post layout, I don’t really like how its the full post you get on the homepage, looking into making it more of a classic blogging layout.

Ofcourse, while I was redesigning the theme, I was busy designing a background for the first website, now unbeknownst to me, the header and background are one image, meaning that, you have to measure everything out and scale it to fit precisely where it is supposed to fit, now after I had came up with a design, which in truth and fact, probably the worst design I have ever created, I had to then go chop it, scale it and blend it to fit the area, needless to say, this turned out terrible, and I had to scrap it and start over.

The next design I came up with, is the one being used now, I had to do a lot of tweaking though, a total of 18 revisions, but while I personally don’t like the revision in use, (it wasn’t my favorite one, I will post a picture for you to compare), it does look really great, and I am pleased with the outcome. [actual look]

Present day: I am currently messing around with the caching plugin w3 Total Cache, I have used it before, but I notice that when I have the options in disk mode, there are always problems, but when they are in APC, because the shared hosting plan in use allows for the enabling of various tools, so I enabled it, the plugin runs really well, so I am testing it for around 30 days, before I move it over to the rest of the websites.

The sites currently allow persons to register on the site, I really am not a fan of this anymore, mainly due to all the major sites that have been hacked recently (ebay), so I will be dropping that and put in place an email newsletter for the websites, but I won’t use WordPress’ email feature, I would probably use Mailchimp, as they have a free scheme in place and it will allow me to get familiar with the newsletter business, plus I can sell this idea to company as a way for them to market products to their readers, so win-win.

Another thing I am looking into, three of the sites are ran on a wordpress multisite while the last remaining one is seperate, the problem that is stopping me from just bringing over the last site is that, it is the main site which was being kept up to date and has 1000+ posts, each of which has several images, so I need a better way to move posts that just the wordpress export/import method, because that it a hit/miss type thing, and when it hits its great but if it misses, I am f**ked.

Other than that the only thing I did was that I change the slogan for this website / business (coming soon), rather that Live, Love, Enjoy: Life / Learn, Create, Inspire: Art, its now just Live, Love, Enjoy: Life, because that is what is important, it makes no sense to spend half your life doing something you hate, and then regretting everything after, take chance if it doesn’t pan out, you tried!, and that is what matters.

Right now I have to end this post I have been typing for far too long, and I need to be up at 5AM local time, so I gots to hit my bed with my head. So I just want to say thank you and enjoy the rest of your night

Delano Maloney

DDMBOSS DESIGNS

Live, Love, Enjoy: Life

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

Just Because Its Been A While

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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Inspiration Pack For February 2014

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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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.

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.