23 Jun 2013

Backing Up Your Site via cPanel

If you are reading this post via email, click here to see the video online.

This short video shows how to use your cPanel (that is the hosting control panel) to backup your WordPress installation and database, etc. That is what the 'warning' before you do an autoupgrade is referring to, but my nightly backups preclude the need to for the most part, but if you are safety conscious, I wouldn't ever discourage doing this. And while a WordPress upgrade should not harm your site–and IS RARE, many times unsupported/un-updated plugins or even badly coded themes can break your site. At that time a roll back to your last backup is necessary.

While I do back up your site (those hosted by me),* you may wish to keep a snapshot of your installation on a monthly or weekly basis (as I only go back one week and one monthly snapshot) that you can keep on your computer if you ever want it. I encourage you to do a manual backup before doing anything major. I can roll back your site to the latest version, however if backups for the night before are still running, I will have to use the last complete backup (you may lose one day). You can make as many backups as you'd like, however all I ask is that you only keep the latest one on my server… download and delete the other versions (I show you how at the end of this video.

*Clarification of automated backups by WebsByAmy: a benefit of my hosting is daily backups (but they backup the day before, overwriting the day before that) as well as weekly (that overwrite the previous week) and monthly (overwriting the prior month's). However, you can make backups in a matter of minutes–and it includes all aspects of your hosting (your email, databases, etc.) in a manner that is easily (by me) restored.

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17 Aug 2011

Create a Watermark in Paint.net

I have created a short (okay, 15 minutes… so not that short) step-by-step video on how to make your own watermark in Paint.net and then place it on a photo.  If you are receiving this post via email feed, the video won't show up, you must go back to the article (click on article title).

I have created two previous videos on how to download free Paint.net and install it as well as how to edit a photograph and embed a watermark in it HERE.  The latter video assumes you already have a watermark and this one shows you how to create and save as a transparent .png.  Good luck!

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16 Aug 2011

Paint.net Tutorial

I have embraced Paint.net as my new 'free photo editor' of choice over Gimp. The videos below are for the purpose of giving you a free alternative for editing your photos for the fastest viewing quality for the web as well as shows you how to watermark your work.

I have found Paint easier to install and use immediately.  And recently I have found that there are plugins that will add functionality, such as one that allows editing of Photoshop .psd files and another one that allows Paint.net to use Photoshop brushes.

DOWNLOADING & INSTALLING PAINT.NET – you would think that this wouldn't be difficult, but I have found that the page that you usually are directed to when typing in www.getpaint.net, is full of other software that you can be easily tricked into downloading accidentally.  UPDATE:  CLICK HERE to download the .exe file, once you download it, you probably can update it.  If you want to download the latest version, this video will navigate you through downloading the zip file, unzipping and installing.

EDITING & WATERMARKING A PHOTO from your camera for viewing on the web.  This video does import and place a watermark that is a pre-existing .png file.  If you wish to see how to create your own watermark, CLICK HERE for a video tutorial.

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