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  1. In notepad paste what WP says in the permalinks section, name this file .htaccess.txt (note the dot at the beginning) then upload it to your public_html and rename it to .htaccess (ie remove the .txt part). :)

     

    Gosh - that doesn't sound too bad. Okay, I think I can handle that. Thank you!!!!!!

     

    Apparently I can't stop asking questions. . . Sorry! Thank you guys for all your help. I'm sure I'll be back on later tonight or tomorrow with more questions. LOL :tchrocks:

  2. That's going to be difficult without a link. But a place to start is did you turn on permalinks in the admin section? If so turn them off and see if you are still getting the error.

     

    :) :tchrocks: :tchrocks: :P

    I did as you said and changed my permalinks back to default. And now you can see my pages!!! You are AWESOME!!!!!!!

    Uhm - so that means I can't change my permalinks at all???

     

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!

     

    :tchrocks:

  3. After that (while still have the "edit css" open), in the same "css" menu, chose "View style information".

    Now when you hover your mouse over your site, a red square shows up.

    Hover over your logo for example, then click on the logo, so your logo gets kind of marked with that red square.

    Now the css part that controls the logo part will show up in the lower part of your Firefox window and you can see which part to edit.

    Then go back to the tab saying "edit css" (lower part of your Firefox window) and make a change in the logo section.

    Your change(s) should show up instantly and if it looks like you want, save the new css file to your computer and upload it to where your "old" css file is.

     

    Whew - ok. I'll try that. I'll have to refer to your instructions as I do it though! :P Thank you guys for your time, assistance and patience with me.

     

    Okay, I have another question. . . Hopefully it's the last one for at least a day or two. :)

     

    I don't know what I've done - but I don't think I've done anything at all - but my pages that I'm creating on my WP site aren't showing up.

    I actually changed the templates today to see if it was an issue with the template that I had uploaded - and it's not. I get a 404 error when I go to the "About FollowAWriter" page and the "A Writer's Arsenal" page. My website is www.followawriter.com

     

    Do you guys have a clue what I could look for or check on and where to check for a problem?????? As I said, I did change templates today and still had the same issue so I don't believe it's the template itself that's the issue.

     

    Again, bless you guys!!! :tchrocks: :tchrocks:

  4. The choice of webmail is mostly a matter of which you like.

     

    As for setting up your email in Outlook, have a look at this page. :tchrocks:

     

    Thank you, Thomas! I see what I was doing wrong. I'll do this later... :)

     

    Uhm, I installed FireFox - and downloaded that toolbar thingy. And went to my page and clicked on the little css section and clicked on "edit css" and a box came up and it showed my page in css format. Wheee!

     

    And - well - I don't know what to do next! I think I'm screwed! LOL Royally screwed. I don't know a thing about css and editing this looks scary.

     

    Anyway - I'll research and figure somethings out - in the meantime - I don't really understand what I'm supposed to do. This is what I THINK I'm supposed to do. I'm supposed to use that css sheet, make changes where necessary, click on that little save icon - save it to my computer - then ftp it to my cpanel file, where necessary. Right?????????????

     

    Sorry for being a PITA. It's just been so long since I've done this and I'm more than extremely lost.

  5. Hi Bruce -

     

    I'm sorry I had this posted in the wrong place. Thank you for moving it.

     

    I think I understand what you are saying.... TCH - Thomas had said this to me in another post:

    If you know a little css you will have no problem with this either.

    If you use Firefox, you can install an extension called Web Developer Toolbar (chrispederick.com/work/web-developer/).

    With this toolbar you can mark the header for example and it will show you where in the css to modify things for your header. Do your changes right in your browser, save it to your computer and upload it to the folder which contains the css file to overwrite it.

    Don´t forget to always have the themes original css file stored on your computer if something goes wrong.

    I believe you are both talking about the same thing... I think. :) Is this correct??? Is there another way to make template changes - or am I really going to have to learn CSS??

     

    I'll go back and change my permissions back to original and download this toolbar and try it out tonight. Lord willing I won't kill everything... LOL Thank you!!!!

     

    Also - - is there a particular webmail that you guys use/recommend? Horde? SquirrelMail? I'm having trouble setting up my domain email through my outlook. We're using Vista, so I'm thinking it won't work. There were no set up files for Vista.

     

    :tchrocks:

  6. Woo-Hoo!! I can't believe I remember how to do some things. I actually got a wordpress theme uploaded and unpacked into my cpanel in the right place. Amazing!!

     

    I need to change some things on my theme template and I read in the WordPress Codex about setting permissions. I did that in Cpanel, but I can't get the theme to save my changes in the theme manager.

     

    I don't know anything about CSS but I can kinda figure out what number is the header box height/width, etc. When I go to make those changes in the header that I changed permissions to groups writable (per Codex) it won't allow me to save it.

     

    What am I doing wrong??

     

    **I am going to be on here a LOT in the upcoming months.... sorry! :tchrocks:

  7. Do I have to watch out for themes that make it clear that they're "widget-friendly"?

    While you can certainly use a non-widget ready theme, a widget ready theme are more easy to use.

    Lets take a menu for latest posts for example, the difference is basically that in a non widget theme you need to place some php code in to special file in your theme to make this menu show up in your blog.

    With a widget ready theme you just go in to your wp admin > design > widgets and tell it where you want it to show up. Much more easier.

     

    Gotcha!! I think I'll find widget-friendly themes to use then... I thought that's what I was reading, but I wasn't sure. Thank you!!!

     

     

    How strict is TCH on using plug-ins??

    If the plugin is server intensive, you might get in to a problem, but if the all plugins you use play nice with the server and are secure you will have no problem.

     

    Great. I plan on vetting very carefully, so hopefully I won't get in trouble.

     

    How easy, hard is it to modify headers, footers, etc in WP themes? I'm praying they're WYSIWYG-friendly. Are they??

    If you know a little css you will have no problem with this either.

    If you use Firefox, you can install an extension called Web Developer Toolbar (chrispederick.com/work/web-developer/).

    With this toolbar you can mark the header for example and it will show you where in the css to modify things for your header. Do your changes right in your browser, save it to your computer and upload it to the folder which contains the css file to overwrite it.

    Don´t forget to always have the themes original css file stored on your computer if something goes wrong.

     

    Uhm, I know absolutely nothing about css other than it stands for cascading style sheet. That's the extent of my knowledge. I can use Firefox though and that toolbar sounds cool. But I still don't know css. I'll learn as I go though. I'm usually pretty good at researching and figuring things out - with LOADS of help. :tchrocks:

     

    Also, I'm thinking of creating another site (domain name already purchased). In the meantime, it's not hosted somewhere. What do I do with this domain name? Leave it parked at GoDaddy? Can I "park" it as a subdomain on my 1st site? Is that recommended?? I understand that I'll have to purchase another hosting package when I'm ready to do something with it - so what do I do with it in the meantime??

    You can not park it as a subdomain since it would be against the rules.

    I would either have it parked where it is now or put it on top at the other domain until 2nd package is purchased.

    If you decide to park it on top of the other in the meantime, just point the nameservers to the same nameservers as domain #1. Then when you are ready to purchase a second hosting package, just submit a ticket with the helpdesk and tell them you want to use domain #2 for the second package.

     

    What would be the advantage/disadvantage of pointing the 2nd domain to my 1st domain? Does it help/hurt? It will probably be 3 - 6 months + before I'm ready to open the 2nd domain.

     

    Thank you, Thomas!

    And thank you, getitdone!! I don't know how to include your comments in this one. Sorry.

     

    You guys are great!

  8. Wow! I didn't know I could still get in here. It's been at least 2 - 3 years - and I tried a username and password just to see if it worked - and it did!! Woo-Hoo!!

     

    Anyway, I posted yesterday, as a guest, in the pre-sales forum. I used to have a website hosted by TCH and loved it here - and I'm coming back. I bought my hosting package today, so I'm just waiting to get clearance for pointing DNS here. Can't wait!!

     

    Anyhoo - - (sorry, I'm a writer by profession and tend to ramble) I was trying to decide on using WP or Joomla. I think I'm going to use WP on this site. I may use Joomla on another site I bought the domain for later..

     

    So, I'm looking around at WP themes, checking out WP forums, TCH forums and I'm thinking that I really need to get a clear picture of what I'm going to want my site to do, correct? I guess what I'm asking is:

     

    Do I have to watch out for themes that make it clear that they're "widget-friendly"?

    How strict is TCH on using plug-ins??

    How easy, hard is it to modify headers, footers, etc in WP themes? I'm praying they're WYSIWYG-friendly. Are they??

     

    Also, I'm thinking of creating another site (domain name already purchased). In the meantime, it's not hosted somewhere. What do I do with this domain name? Leave it parked at GoDaddy? Can I "park" it as a subdomain on my 1st site? Is that recommended?? I understand that I'll have to purchase another hosting package when I'm ready to do something with it - so what do I do with it in the meantime??

     

    I have a thousand other questions and I'm sure I'll be on the forums quite a bit in the next few months. I love the support and family here. I'm glad to be back! :tchrocks:

  9. Hey Bruce -

     

    I actually took out the popular tags code - then, I got another error for Latest Posts....

     

    I'm assuming that I'll either have to remove all of those codes - - - OR - - - install those plugins. Right? :D

     

    I don't know anything about plugins, but there's a place in WP admin to go to plugins. Is that where I go and what do I do to install them? Is it as simple as uploading it into my CPanel? Where would I install them?

     

    Thanks for the fast reply!!

  10. Hey guys -

     

    I am brand new to using WP and I have been playing around with some themes and stuff.

     

    One of the themes that I really love is giving me a huge error message. I found out where and how to edit it, but I don't know what to edit.

     

    Can you help?

     

    My page is: http://www.shellecastlesmelton.com

     

    You'll see the error there.

     

    Here's the page with the code. Do you see anything wrong??

     

    <div id="leftcol">

    <ul>

    <br />

    <li><!-- Calendar -->

    <div class="sidebartext">

    <?php get_calendar(1); ?>

    </div>

    </li><!-- End of Calendar -->

    <br />

     

    <li><!-- Popular Tags -->

    <h2><?php _e('Popular Tags'); ?></h2>

     

    <?php

    $minfont = 8;

    $maxfont = 12;

    $fontunit = "px";

    $category_ids_to_exclude = "";

    popular_tags($minfont, $maxfont, $fontunit, $category_ids_to_exclude);

    ?>

    </li><!-- End Popular Tags -->

     

     

    <br /><br />

     

    <li><!-- Latest Post -->

    <h2><?php _e('Latest Post'); ?></h2>

    <?php query_posts('showposts=10'); ?>

    <ul>

    <?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>

    <li><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>"><span class="date"><?php the_time('m.j') ?></span> <?php the_title() ?> </a></li>

    <?php endwhile; endif; ?>

    </ul>

    </li><!-- End of Latest -->

     

    <li><!-- Recent Comments -->

    <h2><?php _e('Recent Comments'); ?></h2>

    <ul>

    <?php get_recent_comments(); ?>

    </ul>

    </li><!-- End of Comments -->

     

    <li><!-- Recently Commented Post -->

    <h2><?php _e('Recently Updated'); ?></h2>

    <ul>

    <?php c2c_get_recently_modified(3); ?>

    </ul>

    </li><!-- End Recently Commented Post -->

     

    <li><!-- Categories -->

    <h2><?php _e('Categories'); ?></h2>

    <ul>

    <?php list_cats(0, '', 'name', 'asc', '', 1, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0,'','','','','') ?>

    </ul>

    </li><!-- End of Categories -->

    <li><!-- Archives -->

    <h2><?php _e('Archives By Month'); ?></h2>

    <ul>

    <?php wp_get_archives('type=monthly'); ?>

    </ul>

    </li><!-- End of Archives -->

    <?php if ( is_home() ) { ?>

    <?php if (function_exists('wp_theme_switcher')) { ?>

    <li><!-- Theme switcher -->

    <h2><?php _e('Themes'); ?></h2>

    <?php wp_theme_switcher(); ?>

    </li><!-- End of Theme switcher -->

    <?php } ?>

     

    <li><!-- Blog Stats -->

    <h2><?php _e('Blog Stats'); ?></h2>

    <?php

    $numposts = $wpdb->get_var("SELECT COUNT(*) FROM $wpdb->posts WHERE post_status = 'publish'");

    if (0 < $numposts) $numposts = number_format($numposts);

     

    $numcomms = $wpdb->get_var("SELECT COUNT(*) FROM $wpdb->comments WHERE comment_approved = '1'");

    if (0 < $numcomms) $numcomms = number_format($numcomms);

     

    $numcats = $wpdb->get_var("SELECT COUNT(*) FROM $wpdb->categories");

    if (0 < $numcats) $numcats = number_format($numcats);

    ?>

    <div class="text"><?php printf(__('There are currently <span class="counts">%1$s</span> posts and <span class="counts">%2$s</span> comments, contained within <span class="counts">%3$s</span> categories.'), $numposts, $numcomms, $numcats); ?></div>

    </li><!-- End Blog Stats-->

    <?php } ?>

    </ul>

    </div>

     

    Anyone see anything wrong? I just don't know coding at all.

    Thanks in advance.

  11. GroovyFish and Mr. Lucas -

     

    Thank you guys!!

     

    Uhm, I'm thinking that I need to scrap everything I've done and do something with a template I can change.... LOL

     

    I'm confused on these issues:

     

    1. The only file I'm changing is the index.html file I think. Right? It has buttons and a graphic logo on it that I want to change. Is each button it's own separate file? I'm confused!

     

    2. What format do I need to make note of? What files? I'm lost! ARGH!!!

     

    3. I'm going to print out both of your notes and try to follow them step by step. I just don't understand the file and file names and types. Can you give me an example so I understand??

     

    4. When you edit the original PSD file, how do you retain the font type? And, I lost the tiny "down arrow" graphic on the button too - how do I keep that? I saw no way to just "change" the text on the buttons - only how to delete it and create my own.

     

    5. Are you thinking what I'm thinking?? This stuff is too hard to relay to someone. :)

     

    ...*sigh* And I like to think of myself and somewhat computer literate...

     

    Groovyfish - - did you notice that I lost the Gallery? I lost it in a virus my computer had and it corrupted my files on my server... :dance: I"m sorry. You were sooo wonderful helping me. I finally decided to just use the FP picture placard program and it works for my purposes for now. Bless you!! I didn't want you to think that your work was all in vain.

     

    Thank you both!!!

    Shel

  12. Ohhh - - I know you!! We've talked before!! Bless you old friend!!! Bless you!!

     

    :)

     

     

    Not that you're old or anything, just that we haven't talked in a while... you know, ahh - fuhgedaboudit! LOL

  13. Hey GroovyFish! I didn't get an e-mail telling me I got a response! Sorry!!

     

    Thank you! Thank you!!

     

    Got a few more questions:

     

    1. As for the PSD file, it has all these lines on it. Is that slices????

     

    2. What file type do I need to adjust the image output to? I'm guessing .gif, but I'm not sure.

     

    3. I need to save the images (because it'll create several images, right?) in my web folder under the images folder, right?

     

    4. Save as type - which is better? Just images or HTML & Images? What's the difference?

     

    5. I think the template comes with a CSS file that allows me to create a drop down menu. I don't know much about CSS and I'm wondering if saving the images as images or both will affect that...

     

    6. You gonna write that e-book and get rich? You should!

     

    7. Template only looks good so far because someone else created it.

     

    8. I slept well, thank you! Did you?

     

    9. Yes, I have said it before. And will keep saying it!

     

    10. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!

  14. I'm somewhat (okay, very little) familiar with PhotoShop. Using PS 5.0.

     

    I'm changing the psd file on a new template for a new website and I finally figured out how to change the text where I needed it. YAY! Don't ask me how long it took - you'd die.

     

    Anyhow, I've got a few questions and I can't find answers anywhere. Can someone help?

     

    1. I saved the new psd file as something else. What do I do with the old psd file?

     

    2. I'm not sure what to do with the new psd file - how do I get it to show up in my index.html file - with the new changes? I'm updating my template in FP2002.

     

    3. Am I supposed to rasterize (whatever) the newly created psd file or something?

     

    4. FYI - Someone could make a killing on an e-book showing step-by-step how to change psd template files!!!

     

    5. Wanna see my new website? Don't laugh - it's not finished yet and I've got to figure out how to get the new psd file to show up. http://www.patriotictroops.com

     

    6. I'm brain dead, going to sleep now - so if you post a response, it'll be tomorrow before I get back.

     

    7. Thank you in advance - anyone - who helps me.

     

    8. I think I've said it before - but here it goes again - - :clapping:

     

    TIA!

  15. Okay Bruce, or anyone else....

     

    I'm ready to start buying new domain names and creating new websites.

     

    I'm still just a tad bit confused. Do I have to get a reseller account to have multiple domain names? Or, can I go with something else like a Gold account? Or, do I absolutely have to go with a reseller account?

     

    I know I'll have to open a help ticket to do it.... I'm just trying to save $$. As usual... LOL

     

    Help?

     

    Thanks!

    Rock Sign

    Shel

  16. I love you guys! I'm always referring people here because I believe in your company.

     

    Great support, great prices, great add-ons, great forum, great site... The list is endless.

     

    So, I got to wondering if you guys had an affiliate program. Apparently you don't, unless I missed it.

     

    Is that in the works or planning stages soon?

     

    With or without an affiliate/referral program in place - I'll still keep referring you guys!

     

    Why? Because - Rock Sign

     

    LOL

     

    Blessings!

    Shel

  17. Yes, I replaced "cpanelname" with my own.

     

    Yes, there are strings.

    Connection Strings

    Perl $dbh = DBI->connect("DBI:mysql:thecorp_lma:localhost","thecorp_shelwrit","<PASSWORD HERE>");

    PHP $dbh=mysql_connect ("localhost", "thecorp_shelwrit", "<PASSWORD HERE>") or die ('I cannot connect to the database because: ' . mysql_error());

    mysql_select_db ("thecorp_lma");

     

    Does that help?? Is it okay that I posted it here? Lord, I'm lost!

  18. Lisa -

     

    Thanks for reminding me of that. Yes, I did do it though! LOL The install instructions told me to. Otherwise I wouldn't have known. I named the new database "lma" and added a user with all access.

     

    Anything else you can think of? I'm searching their forums for advice on this, but everything I'm reading says this type of error has to be dealt with from my hosting company. (sigh)

     

    I'm sorry!

    Shel

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