How to Back-Up Your WordPress Site Consistently and Automatically

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It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. There’s a SNAFU with your web host, and they tell you that your website is no more. It’s gone. Kaput. Like Elvis, it has left the building. And worse, they don’t have a recent back-up of the data. Or worse still … they don’t have ANY back-up copies of the data.

Think it can’t happen? It can. And it does. But it doesn’t have to be that big of a problem if you’re prepared for the worst.

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Video: How to Install WordPress Themes

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This is a short video that walks you through the WordPress Theme install process.

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WP-Launch WordPress Theme Demo Video

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Our latest WordPress Theme, WP-Launch, will be available very shortly, and I wanted to go ahead and publish a short demo video that I just uploaded. This video is a little under 10 minutes long, and it demonstrates some of the features of WP-Launch.

The video is still being processed by YouTube, so it may be a bit blurry still, but it will clear up in an hour or so.

If you’d like to embed the video on your own site, go ahead and grab the embed code from YouTube.

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Video: How to Install WordPress

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This is a short video that walks you through the WordPress install process. If you host offers WordPress Auto-Install, you probably want to watch this video instead.

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Video: How to Auto-Install WordPress

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As the title suggests, this is a short (5 minutes) video that walks you through the WordPress Auto-Install process.

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New Solostream Affiliate Banners

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Here are a few new affiliate banners for the Solostream Affiliate Program. These match the new upcoming site redesign. We’ll have more banners in various sizes coming along in the next few days, so please be patient.

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WP-Sublime WordPress Theme Demo Video

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I managed to get a new demo video posted on YouTube this morning. The video is a little over 5 minutes long, and it shows you how easy it is to customize our latest WordPress theme, WP-Sublime. If you’d like to embed this video on your own site, just grab the embed code from the video or from the YouTube page.

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New WordPress Theme – WP-Launch – Sneak Peek

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Well, we’ve been hard at work here at Solostream trying to create some new and innovative WordPress themes. And we thought you might like a sneak peek at one of three that are about to be released. We’re calling this one WP-Launch, and it boasts an incredibly clean and minimalistic design.

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We’re still in the final testing stages, but we hope to roll it out before Christmas. Just in time for a good stocking stuffer. Okay, so you can’t really put a WordPress theme in a stocking, but you get the idea.

Update: Looks like this will be rolling out just after the New Year.

You can see it live at the WP-Launch theme demo site.

Mastering Image Uploads/Inserts with Solostream WordPress Themes

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We received a thoughtful inquiry from a customer recently who wanted to know how to better understand the manner in which images are managed within our themes. This is naturally too good a topic for just one customer so we thought we would share our complete explanation with everyone.

At this time, our most popular themes incorporate the functionality of “Get The Image” to generate thumbnail images that appear in Feature Articles and Post Excerpts. There is some confusion as how this tool works and what happens when you use it. Without further ado, here’s our best explanation.

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A Sad Story, But A Good Lesson

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I recently lost my two ewes. For those of you who need a reminder, ewes are female sheep. The story starts two years ago when my friend and neighbor – horse breeding expert and I decided to invest in and share a small flock of sheep. The sheep would provide a source of wool for me to knit with and lamb for both of our tables. Seemed like a sweet idea.

Although neither of us had experience with sheep, I had plenty of passion and energy and was excited about the project. I had a pasture for the warm seasons and he had a barn for winter. We started with two beautiful all white females who we named Carmen and Cora. When they were old enough for breeding we bought two rams, selected carefully for their rich, brown fleece so we could introduce color into the next generation.

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