Tutorials

01October

Websites Backup Files (Akeeba Backup)

Here are the most commonly asked questions about the Akeeba backup file we send to our clients.

 

Why are backups important?

They can be used to restore your site if your hosting goes down, domain expires, or you accidentally break your website.  It is also a copy of all the work that you paid YellowWebMonkey to do

What is Akeeba?

Akeeba Backup creates a site backup that can be restored on almost any hosting. It creates a full backup of your site in a single archive. The archive contains all the files, a database snapshot and an installer similar in function to the standard Joomla! installer.

How often do we backup?

Our maintenance clients have weekly or monthly backups run of thier site depending on the plan.

What is JPA?

JPA is a file format that zips every file and the site database into one file.

Why don't we just upload all the files?

Manually downloading all the files is not an effective use of time or disk space.  Typically, sites have around 4000 files and that would require a massive amount of space on a compluter or cloud storage platform.

What do I do with file?

Simply download and keep in a safe place ensuring you can retrieve it if you are ever asked for it.

How do I restore my site from and Akeeba backup file?

The easiest way is to hire a web designer like YellowWebMonkey because a simple process for an experienced designer/programmer. If you are tech savvy you can use this tool: https://www.akeebabackup.com/products/akeeba-kickstart.html}

 Common Questions

My backup is in parts?

Depending on how big your site is Akeeba may break the backup into parts to prevent any timeouts while running the backup.  If this happens you must upload all parts: .jpa, .j01, .j02, etc.

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REFERENCES 

https://www.akeebabackup.com/documentation/troubleshooter/kscantextract.html 
https://www.akeebabackup.com/documentation/quick-start-guide/using-kickstart.html 

 

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26March

Register Your Domain/Hosting

One of the BIGGEST mistakes people make in a website, is not registering the domain name and the hosting in their name. The domain name is the address for your site, for example, YellowWebMonkey.com. The hosting is the server space where the website files are kept, kind of like your rental space on the web.

If a webpage developer tells you not to worry about it, they will register it through their company, then RUN! Here is a good metaphor. Think of it like someone coming to bid on a job to repair your vehicle. And they tell you "No Problem!! Just sign over the pink slip for the car over to me and I will get started." When someone is building a webpage for you, give the username/password, much like you would had a valet the keys. But that way if they default, you have legal recourse to call your hosting company and have it reset for you.


Here are some tips for getting a domain name:

- Stick with a ".com" or ".org" Having odd extensions like ".net", ".biz", or ".us" can hurt your search engine ranking. Plus people naturally assume ".com" so you will just be get the guy that has the ".com" more traffic.

- Be Memorable and Short. A good example would be that "The Spa at Canyon Oaks" in Crawford is just "wacospa.com"

- People CANNOT Spell. If you are a licensed entomologist, I suggest you stick with pest control or something with bugs.

- Be careful of acroynms. An example is "The Advocacy Center of Central Texas" which is advocacycntr.org. If you say that aloud, people will think "center" or "ctr" before they type in "cntr"

- Especially don't use acronyms that make words! If you are in the "Heart of Texas," PLEASE do not put HOT in your domain name. Trust me, you will end up in search results you do not want to be in.

 

Tips for getting hosting:

- Stick with the bigger companies unless you are getting personal attention from someone local. Many businesses are just resellers of the big companies, so you will just pay more. That is okay if that local person is going to manage the account and provide tech support, but make sure that is part of the agreement.

- If you are just getting the hosting, you should not pay more than $10/month. Some companies that provide good plans are iPower Hosting,GoDaddy, Host Gator, and Rochen.

- You do NOT need all the add-ons they try to sell you. You can always add those on after the fact if you change your mind. The only one I would suggest is domain privacy if you are using your home address to register the name.

- Just sign up for one year. Although you get a discount for multi-year plans, start with one year and see how the customer service is and how your website performance is. I can't prove it, but I think you get better service when they know you are not locked in for five years regardless of how they treat you.

- Buyer Beware! Some companies I would recommend AGAINST are 1&1 Hosting, AISO.net, FatCow hosting, and Network Solutions.

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You can find this article and more in our "Websites 101: What To Know Before Hiring a Web Designer" section.

Written by Alexis Priddy, Posted in Tutorials

25June

YouTube Tutorial

This is a step by step tutorial on setting up a new YouTube account, adjusting your profile and personal settings, uploading a video, and linking your YouTube Account with Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader and Orkut.


Go to the YouTube's home page.

Click Create Account in the upper right corner of the page.

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Fill out the Registration for New Account form and click I Accept at the bottom of the form to continue to the YouTube | Google Account Page.

YouTube Sign-Up
If you already have a Google Account sign into your Google Account on the left
If Not, you can create a YouTube | Google Account on the right side using your current email address and the password
you want to use for your YouTube Account.

YouTube | Google Account Sync

After you've been successfully registered you may have a suggestion list below, this is a list of people whom you may know

that also have a YouTube account. You may click Subscribe to their channel and get automatic updates on new videos and more.

There are three options on the right under "Get started using YouTube"

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1. Customize your channel Page. ( Image Below )

Here you can:

* Update your profile
* Manage your videos
* Manage people subscribed to your channel (as well as the channels you are subscribed to) * Manage friends
* Post Channel Comments
* View Recent Activity

The Top Menu allows you to change your channels settings, themes, modules, and Videos and playlist for your Channel Page.
( For the sake of time we will not go over that in this tutorial, but I recommend checking it out!)

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2. Upload and share your video. ( Image Below )

This is where you upload all of your videos. Click Browse and navigate to the video on your computer that you wish to upload to YouTube. Fill out the form with all the information associated with the video then click Save Changes.
***NOTE: DO NOT NAVIGATE AWAY FROM THIS PAGE UNTIL UPLOAD IS COMPLETE****

Once your video is uploaded you will be provided with a
URL (the address where you can find your video) and an
Embed (the HTML Code to embed your video on your blog or website).

This will appear below the form.

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3. The third and final option is to set up your Account Preferences. ( Image Below )

You want to make sure to go through each item in the Top Menu and the Left Menu to set up your account exactly how you want it. This is the whole overview of your account.

The one thing that you really want to look at is the Activity Sharing; here you can link your Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader and Orkut accounts to automatically update when you upload a new video. To Link Your Social Media Accounts just Click Connect Accounts next to the accounts you wish to link with YouTube. This will provide a link or embedded video on the Shared Accounts of your video and your channel.

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Now that your done with all of your settings you can start subscribing to other people's channels and making friends on YouTube. You can Search for Your Video from the Home Page of YouTube by entering the name of your video, one of the Tags that you entered on the Video Information Page, or by your Username. ( UserName finds them faster, your videos could be a ways down the result list if shearched by title or tag. )

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I hope this tutorial has helped you in setting up your YouTube Account and Uploading your videos, Subscribe to our blog and recieve new tutorials similar to this one every week.

and don't forget to Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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