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More Time with cPanel and WordPress

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

I spent more time exploring what is possible with cPanel and WordPress plugins this morning. Here is a run down of what I discovered:

cPanel

Change Style

cPanel gives you the option to customize the appearance of your account. There are twelve styles to select from, including a bright blue-sky theme and beach background. I chose this seasonal fall theme:

RV Skin Changer

I would stay away from this! I switched to rvskin to see how the appearance of cPanel looked and discovered it was just an outdated version of x3. I returned to the RV Skin Changer page to switch back to x3, but the x3 option was gone!

I logged out of cPanel and tried to log back in to see if that made any difference, only I got an error message instead. It told me I couldn’t be logged back in and to contact my web host. Instead, I went to my history and was able to get back to my cPanel by clicking on a history item. I returned to the Skin Changer page, and x3 still hadn’t reappeared. This is where I learned, as Jim Groom said in class, that Google is my friend.

I typed “The server was not able to find the document (./frontend/rvskin/index.html) you requested” into Google and found a forum where someone posted about the same problem. A responder said to contact the web host or to quickly copy the URL after switching themes and replace the “old” theme (rvskin) with the “new” theme in the URL.

Success!

Webmail

I picked horde as my webmail application and established Megan@MediaMegan.com as my e-mail address. Hours later, I received my first piece of junk mail! The system is not attractive, which is partially why I immediately set my new account to forward any mail to my Gmail account.

Analog Stats

Like Google Analytics, which I mentioned in my previous post about themes and plugins, Analog gives site owners data about their visitors.

This is one way they present information:

Here is a version from Google. It is depicting different data, which is okay since I’m just focusing on appearance:

Any guesses why I would rather use Google Analytics to study my site’s traffic? It looks so much better and is more user friendly. With Analog, users have to scroll up and down a single page, while Google breaks off information into categories with their own pages. It’s easier to navigate and explore. It might be interesting to compare the two sets of statistics, though.

WordPress

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

When I tried to install the plugin, I got this dreaded message:

Please move the YARPP template files into your theme to complete installation. Simply move the sample template files (currently in wp-content/plugins/yet-another-related-posts-plugin/yarpp-templates/) to the /home/mediameg/public_html/blog/wp-content/themes/whitehouse directory.

I frustratingly clicked around WordPress for a few minutes and thought about abandoning the plugin before remembering how Groom showed us in class how to upload a theme through cPanel and started to explore there.

Here’s how I finially got the plugin to work through cPanel

(This might be the “long” way. I haven’t tried it yet, but perhaps you can click “Move” at the top of the screen and simply type the path you wish to move and where you want the files moved):

Click File Manager

When the File Manager Directory Selection box appears, select Web Root (public_html/www) and click Go.

Expand public.html

Expand blog

Expand wp-content

Expand plugins

Check the files you need to move, in this case everything located in wp-content/plugins/yet-another-related-posts-plugin/yarpp-templates/:

Click move at the top of the screen.

In the move box, type the location to where you want your files moved (in this case, /home/mediameg/public_html/blog/wp-content/themes/whitehouse).

Success!

WP-Cumulus

While I don’t like how they typically look on a site, I often use tag clouds to find posts on a select topic when I visit a website. So, WP-Cumulus is a good compromise for me. The plugin displays tags in a 3D rotating sphere, something I’ve never seen before. Still not my favorite plugin, but it is kind of cool!