If you’ve ever wanted to host your own WordPress blog or learn more about the world’s most popular CMS, you’re in good company. By most counts, WordPress sites make up almost a quarter of all websites. Amongst CMS based sites, WordPress accounts for about 60 percent of the sites. Last week Rackspace was happy to announce a brand new CloudU WordPress learning series. This free course combines written and video instruction with a 30-day free trial of Rackspace Cloud Sites to give a hands on practical look at hosting your own WordPress sites.
The cloud is another year older but ambiguity still lingers around what the cloud actually is and what it does. Built-in-the-cloud companies like Facebook, Netflix and Dropbox have popularized massively scalable and shareable applications that are easy to navigate and consume. They’ve created the gold standard for accessing software and growing a business on the cloud.
You may have already heard about it. You may have already tried it in the Rackspace Control Panel. Automated application deployments is live at Rackspace. Launching common apps on the Rackspace Cloud is easier than ever with our automated application deployment service, which is now available to all users.
This is a guest post written by David Anderson, the main developer of UpdraftPlus, a WordPress backup plugin. He lives in the UK and loves Jesus, WordPress, technology, sports, good books and his family.
Want to improve the experience of working with media on your WordPress pages on Rackspace Cloud Sites? We have upgraded our one-click WordPress installer to the latest version of WordPress, version 3.5. WordPress 3.5 streamlines and improves how you work with media. The latest version of WordPress includes a re-imagined flow for uploading photos and creating galleries, and a new default theme with a mobile-first responsive design. Check out the WordPress 3.5 announcement for more details.
Want to install WordPress blogs and sites quickly and with fewer headaches? Well, you’re in luck. Today, Rackspace is announcing the WordPress installer, a fast and simple way to launch WordPress pages using Rackspace Cloud Sites.
I have been using WordPress for the six years; developing using WordPress for five years; and contributing to the WordPress code base for four years. Over the course of this time I have found three things that make WordPress awesome.
With WordPress it is important to update three things: the actual WordPress application, themes and plugins. However, before you begin updating any of these items, you should make sure that you have a current backup. This is important because sometimes these updates don’t go as well as planned and you need to restore a previous version of your site. Additionally, you might have made some modifications to your theme or plugin and forgot about the changes you made. Having a backup can help in that situation as well.
There are two pieces to a WordPress site: the database component and the file component. Often people will neglect one of them when backing up their WordPress site. Many backup plugins are written to backup a certain component, but there are plugins that cover both bases. You definitely need to backup both your database and file system; without both, your backups will be useless to you in most scenarios.