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Create a Custom URL for your Youtube channel

Today, I am going to show you how I created a custom URL for our GIDBlog Youtube channel using our own gidblog.com domain name.

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Backup WordPress UPLOADS folder

I develop my web sites from more than 1 computer typically. So, in the case of all my web sites developed with WordPress, I need to have a local copy of the wp-content/plugins and wp-content/uploads folders on each development machine if I want to test anything for my web site locally — on my laptop, for instance — before pushing it back out to the web server.

FYI: Computers, laptops and servers I use are all powered by Linux.

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Certbot and Cloudflare DNS Plugin

I learnt today that I can run Certbot to create and renew Let’s Encrypt SSL/TLS for domains/web sites not hosted on the same machine – a fact I didn’t know before today.

Also, because Certbot can be used to manage Let’s Encrypt certificates for domain names hosted elsewhere, there is no requirement for the system running Certbot to have a web server like Apache/httpd running (for domain verification purposes).

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Compress your PHP-FPM pages

Since the recent upgrade to gidblog.com, this web site is currently being hosted by various Docker containers. One of the Docker containers used is, of course, one derived from a Docker image like php:7-fpm-alpine.

I must confess that this is my first endeavour using PHP-FPM with Apache. All these years I have only been using the Apache module: mod_php to handle all my PHP web pages.

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WordPress Plugin for Google AdSense Auto Ads

I will show you how I inserted Google AdSense Auto Ads JavaScript ad code to this web site today.

The Google AdSense Auto Ads ad code is only a single line long, so it was unnecessary to get overly complicated with the plugin or PHP code.

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WordPress Plugin for Google Analytics

I will show you how I inserted Google Analytics tracking code to this web site today.

I chose to write a WordPress plugin to accomplish this task but since I only manage 2 WordPress sites, I didn’t develop it with a lot of bells and whistles.

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yii-user Extension “include(UserModule.php): failed to open stream” Error

Creating a new (Yii) controller and implementing access control for it with the yii-user extension, I got this PHP warning/error today:

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How to change your WordPress Permalink Structure

Today I sat down to modify the permalink structure for this web site. The URLs for this blog used to include the /YYYY/MM/ date parts in them, and until recently, I never really gave them much thought except to think that it was sometimes interesting.

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Yii Exception: Alias “user.UserModule” is invalid

I was attempting to get the Yii Framework yii-user extension working for a test web site earlier today when I got this fatal error / exception message:

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Redirect all subdomains to www

If you ever need to redirect all your subdomains to a main subdomain like www, here is a method for you to easily accomplish that. I kept these notes from when I wanted to implement it for my own site: www.gidforums.com.