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Lesson 14 – Administrative Tasks

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In Lesson 14 of our Build a Professional Services Website using the Thesis theme and WordPress we finish covering integrating your site with Google and then move on to important administrative tasks to keep your Thesis theme website healthy and running smoothly.

We go through WordPress backup basics such as when and what to backup on your site. Then we show how to backup your site manually and automatically. For the automatic backup we discuss how to pick the right plugin and show how to use EZPZ One Click Backup but we highly recommend using BackupBuddy.

The lesson concludes by showing how to upgrade plugins, the Thesis theme and WordPress. It is vital to the health of your website that you keep it updated and properly maintained. You don’t want to make it easy for hackers to get into your site.

Configure Webmaster Tools – Watch the Video

  • Add a site

  • Verify Ownership

    • Alternate method
    • GA tracking code
  • Add Sitemap

Tour Webmaster Tools – Watch the Video

  • Dashboard
  • Site Configuration
  • Diagnostics

WordPress Backup Basics – Watch the Video

  • Where WordPress Stores Information

    • Database
    • Files
  • What to Backup?

    • Database
    • Customization Files
    • Thesis Options
    • WordPress “content”
  • When to Backup?

    • Automatically
    • Manually
  • Test it occasionally

How to Backup your Site Manually – Watch the Video

  • A belt and suspenders approach – multiple independent redundant backups

  • Level 1 – Backup everything together

    • the whole database
    • all the site files
  • Level 2 – Backup Customization Files and Uploads

  • Level 3 – Backup easily imported settings and content

    • Theme settings
    • WordPress export
  • Store it all in a safe place

How to Backup your Site Automatically – Watch the Video

  • Pick the right plugin

    • Criteria
    • Options
  • Configure EZPZ One Click Backup

    • Schedule backups
    • Perform Repair
    • Fire Permissions
    • Backup Folder
    • Timezone
    • Maximum backups
    • Date Stamp
    • Database Tables
    • Alternate method
    • Excluded folders
    • Configure Dropbox
  • Download the backup

  • View the backup contents

How to Upgrade Plugins – Watch the Video

  • When in doubt, back it up first
  • Use the automatic upgrade
  • Do a Manual Upgrade
    • deactivate the plugin
    • upload new files via filezilla
    • reactivate

How to Upgrade Thesis – Watch the Video

  • Download current custom folder
  • Download current Thesis options
  • Install but don’t activate
  • Copy custom folder to new install
  • Activate new Thesis
  • Double Check

How to Upgrade WordPress – Watch the Video

  • Backup Everything
  • Deactivate plugins
  • Auto Upgrade
  • Reactivate plugins
  • You may need to re-save BYOB Website plugins

Question and Answer Session – Watch the Video

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  • Asif Mahmood December 22, 2013, 3:24 am

    I had messages that database is not working properly, so I planned to upload and restore my sql backup file through MyPHPAdmin. Now I have lost my website material and 4 years hardworkin also. When I upload following error is shown:
    — Table structure for table wp_commentmeta

    CREATE TABLE wp_commentmeta (

    comment_id BIGINT( 20 ) UNSIGNED NOT NULL DEFAULT ‘0’,
    meta_key VARCHAR( 255 ) DEFAULT NULL ,
    meta_value LONGTEXT,
    PRIMARY KEY ( meta_id ) ,
    KEY comment_id ( comment_id ) ,
    KEY meta_key ( meta_key )

    MySQL said:

    #1046 – No database selected

    help me please.. what should i do?

    • Rick Anderson December 26, 2013, 11:31 am

      Asif, I would just try it again. If it doesn’t work twice in a row then I would try a different backup. If that still doesn’t work I would look on Odesk or Elance for someone who is a MySQL expert to try to help you recover the database.

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