Various articles pertaining to web design and development

Setting Up a Mail Server Using iRedMail

Published Category: Ubuntu

After finding out about Windows Live Admin Center shutting down, I thought I’d investigate the best way to set up our own mail server for Obstance. There was the option of upgrading to Office 365, but the cost for a small business subscription really didn’t appeal to me. After doing some research, I decided that

Windows Live Admin Center With Exim4

Trying to send email from one of our WordPress sites hosted here at Obstance, to an email, ended up showing us this in our Exim logs: A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its recipients. This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed: **** Unrouteable address

Getting Fonts Working Cross-Origin

We use a font icon set called FontAwesome at Obstance and ran across a small problem: we were unable to get it to load cross origin. What this means is that if you’re linking your fonts from a domain other than the one you’re on, such as one from a CDN, it won’t load in

Getting Textpattern to Work With Nginx

Published Category: Nginx

If you’re thinking about giving these two a go with each other, this little snippet may help you out. Open up or create the file for your website that goes into the sites-available directory and add the below along with what you have so far. Make sure to change the socket to TCP if that’s

Converting a Few MySQL Columns to UTF8

Today, I ran across a bit of a situation on a client’s website. For some odd reason, out of nowhere, special characters were converted to question mark symbols — anything from quotation marks to diacritical marks. Using the W3 Validator, it spat out: Sorry! This document can not be checked. Strange. Well, not the part

Renaming Your WordPress Site’s wp-content Folder

Published Category: WordPress

WordPress is a flexible CMS in that it allows you to easily rename the folder without any hassle. Keeping URLs looking tidy and human readable is great. Sharing links, particularly images, with /wp-content/ in the URL isn’t a big deal for most people, but it’s still nice to have the option to change it. We

Making the Switch From MySQL to MariaDB

Published Category: Ubuntu

Over the last few days, we’ve been working on some server optimizations here at Obstance. Part of the process was making the switch from MySQL to MariaDB. Or maybe more appropriately worded, upgrading to MariaDB. It’s such an insanely simple process, you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it yet. We’ll let you know how to

Changing Your WordPress Username Using SSH

Published Category: WordPress

Since WordPress doesn’t allow you to change your username without digging into your website’s MySQL database, I’ll walk you through a short and painless process of changing it using SSH (secure shell) on an Ubuntu server. Note: A much easier alternative is to simply make a new user with administrative privileges and delete your old