New host, new plugin, new updates

I’m using a new host (https://www.linode.com/) 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.

A bit of housekeeping

Yes, it has been quiet lately. I haven’t been updating much, but I have not neglected this site! I’ve gone through and modified a few little things here and there which you may or may not notice. The important things that have changed:

Some new posts will come here soon with some other cool things I have been tinkering with.

Now serving SSL

I’ve decided to add SSL support to this site on an effort to make the Internet and your browsing experience just a little safer. You should notice that all HTTPS requests are now being served as HTTPS.

Pretty cool!

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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