heroku-wordpress-svbtle Updated to WordPress 3.5.1

WordPress has been updated to 3.5.1 – I have updated heroku-wordpress-svbtle to this version.

I have also updated wp-svbtle to the latest, I have forked the repo so I can keep track of the changes here: webjames/wpsvbtle.

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Enabling email on WordPress on Heroku using SendGrid

In a previous post I told you how to set up WordPress on Heroku using the Svbtle theme. This post will expand on that set up by adding email – this is useful for password resets and alerts of comments.

The changes in this post have been merged into the same GitHub repository as before.

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Thirty Million Footsteps is a Long Walk

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Link:Paul Salopek: Going for a seven-year walk

US journalist Paul Salopek is going to spend the next seven years walking from Ethiopia to the tip of South America, retracing the journey of early humans out of Africa and around the world.

I’ve read Bill Bryson’s excellent book A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail but this is puts Bill’s 500 miles to shame.

I look forward to following this one! You can follow it at Out of Eden.

Hosting a WordPress Blog on Heroku with the Svbtle Theme for free

Wordpress blog on Heroku with Svbtle

In an earlier post I looked at hosting WordPress on AWS – whilst this is still valid this new post focuses on a different approach.  The decision to use Heroku was all do to with the simplicity of the set up, and the significant reduction of the hassles that go along with managing your own server.

As I note in the title, this setup is free. Although some charges might be incurred for the usage of an Amazon S3 bucket for your media storage, however this is likely covered by their free tier – but more on that later.

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The White House Response To The Death Star Petition

Link:This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For‘ is a great response to the petition to “Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016“.

The petition at the time of writing has 34,435 signatures!

EC2 + nginx + WordPress + Varnish + Ubuntu

AWS EC2 + Nginx + WordPress + Varnish + Ubuntu, or how to host a WordPress blog for free for one year with an AWS EC2 micro instance using nginx, Varnish caching, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

First spin up a fresh instance of Ubuntu 12.04, this should only take a few minutes. Right click on your new instance and click ‘Connect’. This should give you a few different ways of ssh’ing into your new instance. I use a Mac, so I chose the ‘native’ option, but if you are on Windows you can use PuTTy.

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Rancilio MD 50 – a dirty grinder made good again.

This should hopefully aid anyone who has purchased a old (or new, they haven’t changed much at all) Rancilio MD 50, or Rancilio MD 40, or perhaps even a Rancilio Rocky – as i would imagine that they are somewhat similar in design.

I purchased my grinder, the Rancilio MD 50, from a popular auction site, then went to collect it. It was made in 1994, but had been left unused for at least 5 years. Most of the parts were present, but it was very dirty and the burrs had seized during their time of storage.

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