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How To Download and Install Skype

July 28, 2012


In this video I show you how to download and install Skype.  Skype is used by so many people to communicate online, you are at a disadvantage if you don’t have it and use it.


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Forget what I said about using the Login Lock Plugin

July 18, 2012


Well, I’ve learned several good lessons in the past few days.  More on that at the end of this message.  My problems started when I couldn’t complete logging in as the administrator on this website.  The login page allowed me to enter the username and password but then it would just hang and would not let me go further.  That was on Internet Explorer.  Next I tried Firefox and after I entered my username and password, I got a “cannot redirect” error.

At this point I didn’t know what had happened.  I didn’t know if someone had hacked my website, or whether a recently installed plugin was causing the problem or what.  I logged into Cpanel for my site and looked at log files and anything that might show what was going on.  I didn’t see anything that led me to resolve the problem.

I decided to restore the website from a backup I had just taken using the DUPLICATOR WordPress plugin.  This would prove that my backups worked and would only take a few minutes.  My website is in a directory on Hostgator called TIREDOFTHECUBE so I renamed the directory to TIREDOFTHECUBE_OLD.  That would allow me to keep my website in case I needed anything from it.  Next, I created a new directory called TIREDOFTHECUBE and copied my 2 backup files there via FTP from my home system.

The instructions told me to run the install.php file so I double clicked on the file and install.php opened on the screen showing the text inside the file.  Instead it should have started restoring my website from the backup.  I couldn’t get the install.php file to work.  “What was I doing wrong”, I asked myself.

Instead of double clicking on the file to run it, I should have opened a browser and typed in the URL TIREDOFTHECUBE.COM/install.php.  I actually knew this but was having a brain dead moment I guess.

I finally got the website restored and the problem remained.  I restored several other earlier versions and still had the problem.  Finally, I got on an electronic chat with Hostgator support.  We discovered that the Login Lock Plugin was the problem.  The support guy disabled the Login Lock plugin and things magically worked.

So, I have loved using the LOGIN LOCK plugin, but I can no longer recommend it.


Go to Login Lock support page, or the support page for whatever product you are having problems with to see if others are having the problem and whether a fix exists.

Do backups often.

Let the support folks help you.


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Using the Duplicator Plugin for Backing Up Your WordPress site.

June 26, 2012


You’ve put a lot of hard work and effort into creating your website. What would happen if you lost it all. I’m sure a very sick feeling would come over you and you would wish you had saved all your work.

There are several free plugins available to help you backup your WordPress website. I like a Plugin called Duplicator. I’ll tell you about it in the video. Let me know if you have any questions of comments. Thanks.

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I’m a Hostgator and AWeber affiliate now!

June 20, 2012


I’m pretty excited!  I just signed up to be an affiliate to Hostgator and AWeber.  You can see the new widgets/banner_ads on the right of the screen.  Basically, when someone clicks on either of those links, it takes you to those companies websites where you can find out more information and decide if you want to signup for the service.  If you don’t, that’s fine.  If you do, then I get a small affiliate commission.  You are not charged anything extra!

So, whether you go directly to Hostgator’s website (for example) or whether you go from my website, you pay the same to Hostgator.  Of course, I would really appreciate it if you clicked on the link on the right of my website since it will earn me a small affiliate commission.  Thanks!

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