New host, new plugin, new updates

I’m using a new host ( on an Ubuntu-based VPS. REALLY liking the flexibility that a VPS can provide vs. a shared hosting provider. I strongly recommend Linode if you are in the market for one. I was thinking of documenting the setup but got to distracted. Maybe next time.

I’ve also recently discovered a new plugin for automating WordPress backups called XCloner-WordPress. This is a very powerful plugin that allows you to create WordPess file backups as well as MySQL backups and upload them to various cloud-based solutions, such as Dropxbox of OneDrive. Definitely check this out if you need (should!) to make sure your WordPress site is being backed-up just in case anything happens.

I’ve been very, very busy with other life things lately but I’ll likely be posting some new stuff soon, likely some PowerShell related things I’ve been working on.

MiniDLNA paths in OpenWRT

I’ve recently made the switch from using DD-WRT to OpenWRT ( which is essentially what DD-WRT is based on. I now have a much leaner, cleaner and more control over my router.

One thing that has bugged me was that I decided to enable MiniDLNA on the router but was having issues getting it to recognize folders correctly.

The note on the miniDLNA setup screen read:

Set this to the directory you want scanned. If you want to restrict the directory to a specific content type, you can prepend the type (‘A’ for audio, ‘V’ for video, ‘P’ for images), followed by a comma, to the directory (eg. media_dir=A,/mnt/media/Music). Multiple directories can be specified.

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Automated WordPress backup via Linux Shell

I am using No Support Linux Hosting as my webhost, mostly because it’s cheap ($12/year!) and meets my needs for hosting.

One thing about my host is, well, no support! So if anything goes wrong or I have some technical questions I’m on my own. With that in mind, I wanted to implement a solution that would allow me to copy the WordPress backups generated by Softaculous in case something happens with my host.

The goal: total automation of the backup and email notification once the job was completed, and I think I’ve come up with very nice process to accomplish just that.
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