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WordPress Installer Updates, Plugins Make Media A Breeze On Rackspace Cloud Sites

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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.

New WordPress plugins are ready for use

The updated WordPress one-click installer also includes two new WordPress plugins: Root Relative URLs and WP Super Cache.

Root Relative URLs

This plugin converts all URLs to root relative URLs for hosting the same site on multiple IPs, which results in easier production migration and better mobile device testing.

Key Benefit: The Root Relative URLs plugin enables seamless transitioning between staging/production host environments and debugging/testing from mobile devices. On Cloud Sites, it is used to fully render the page on the test link so developers can see sites in development with full CSS. This is an alternative to having the WordPress installation fully deployed only on the test link.

Click here to learn more about the Root Relative URL plugin.

WP Super Cache

This plugin offers a very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files.

Key Benefit: The WP Super Cache plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After an html file is generated, your web server will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts. This will help you cope with high traffic events such as a front-page appearance on digg.com or other social networking site.

Click here to learn more about the WP Super Cache plugin.

Previous Cloud Sites Product Updates

As always, we welcome your feedback on Cloud Sites and your experience with these and other features on ourĀ product feedback site.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Tarun Bhatti.

As a founding member and marketing lead for Rackspace's DevOps Automation Service, Tarun enjoys spending half of his time talking to customers about about their DevOps needs and other half working with the team to build the offer that meet customer needs. At Rackspace, Tarun has led various growth initiatives and product marketing for the cloud portfolio, including SaaS, Hybrid Cloud, Managed Cloud, Cloud Sites, Cloud Monitoring. Connect with him on @TarunBhatti, Google+ or Linkedin

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I installed using the one-click, and I can’t seem to set my preferred url. It’s chosen for me and not editable. How do I change this?

avatar Josh on February 8, 2013 | Reply

With the Roots Relative plugin, the URL is hard coded for you and it defaults to the root domain. I have requested to not have the Root Relative plugin automatically activated (and the WP Super Cache).

In order to be able to edit the Domain field in your WordPress General Settings, you have to uninstall the plugin. But, after removing the plugin, it is not a clean removal. You have to remove the following code from the WP-config file:

define(‘WP_HOME’, ‘http://’ . $_SERVER[‘HTTP_HOST’]);
define(‘WP_SITEURL’, ‘http://’ . $_SERVER[‘HTTP_HOST’]);
define(‘WP_CONTENT_URL’, ‘/wp-content’);
define(‘DOMAIN_CURRENT_SITE’, $_SERVER[‘HTTP_HOST’]);

Hope that helps.

Anthony

avatar R. Anthony Solis on February 9, 2013

Wow. This gave me some major headaches. I was trying to use the WP eStore plugin and couldn’t get it to work because it was sending a bad IPN link to PayPal as a result of Root Relative being installed. I never activated the plugin, but I still needed to delete those lines from the wp-config.php file to get things straightened out.

Thanks for the tip. Such a headache!

avatar Matthew Fries on February 25, 2013 | Reply

…otherwise I really like the WordPress installer! Makes everything else much easier.

avatar Matthew Fries on February 25, 2013

I’ve tried to get several commenting systems (Disqus, Livefyre, etc) to work with Root Relative URL plugin and they will not work. If you plan to have an open discussion on your site, I would strongly recommend against using the default Rackspace WP install since Root Relative is included.

@rackspace – I’m stoked that you guys are including/promoting WP Super Cache, but Root Relative is not ready for prime time and I don’t think the plugin author will be doing much in the way of updates.

avatar Michael Taus on October 8, 2013 | Reply

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