Don't touch WP-Config!
Migrate to GoDaddy Managed WordPress Manually
Don't touch WP-Config!

Don’t touch WP-Config!

Wanna waste about 2 hours like I did trying to accomplish what’s supposed to be maybe a 30-minute job? Then by all means, replace the wp-config.php file that GoDaddy creates when a user signs up for their Managed WordPress Hosting account!

Not having migrated too many WordPress websites manually, I spent some time reading up on how to do so before pulling the trigger and beginning the process. The consensus across the internet (roughly), seemed to be:

1. Back up all existing WordPress files
2. Back up existing database
3. Edit the database file if the URL will be different from the original
4. Drop the entire GoDaddy database via PhpMyAdmin
5. Upload your old database to GoDaddy’s
6. Upload the old wp-content folder to GoDaddy, replacing the current one
7. Replace/update your wp-config.php file with your new GoDaddy database credentials

See how number 7 above is struck-through and in red? DON’T DO IT! It took me forever to randomly stumble across this article (only after entering the correct Google search terms… this article definitely didn’t show up via searching through GoDaddy’s articles on their own site): https://my.godaddy.com/help/move-your-wordpress-site-manually-12371.

The issue was with the database host name. Instead of the typical ‘localhost’, or even the IP address of your new site, GoDaddy uses a special, unique hostname. The one that worked for me was ‘test3290301462.db.3290301.hostedresource.com:3310’, as in:

/** MySQL hostname */
define('DB_HOST', 'test3290301462.db.3290301.hostedresource.com:3310');

As far as I can tell, this information isn’t listed ANYWHERE within your GoDaddy account, so, whatever you do, don’t touch the GoDaddy-generated wp-config.php file for your managed WordPress account.

Clearing Cron Jobs Via PhpMyAdmin
Clearing WordPress Cron Jobs Via PhpMyAdmin
Clearing Cron Jobs Via PhpMyAdmin

Clearing WordPress cron Jobs Via PhpMyAdmin

Just in case you’ve ever wondered how to clear, oh, I don’t know, maybe 537 cron jobs that may or may not have been accidentally scheduled by your own custom WordPress plugin, here’s how to do it:

– Log into PhpMyAdmin
– Click on the database in question
– Click on the ‘SQL’ tab
– Paste this code, replacing the ‘5ea_options’ with the name of the options table of your particular wordPress installation:

UPDATE 5ea_options SET option_value = '' WHERE option_name = 'cron';

– Click ‘Go’
– That’s it, all cron jobs (expect for the ones WordPress itself has created) will be removed!

Donald Trump
Holy shit, Donald Trump is president.
Donald Trump

The Donald. 45th American President. Hmm.

I’ve

had quite a few mixed opinions about this election season, and Donald Trump in particular. In the beginning I was pleased that Donald Trump was running, that someone was willing to break all conventions and by doing so, might cut through political correctness and get something done, might be able to produce results and trade in the currency of action as opposed to rhetoric. During the primary, I naively hoped his crass, bombastic, vulgar style was a “… and that he’d ‘pivot’ to a more decorous, ‘presidential’ candidate. He did not.” tactic devised to help him clench the republican nomination, and that he’d ‘pivot’ to a more decorous, ‘presidential’ candidate. He did not. The longer the general stretched out, the more disillusioned I became with him. By election day, I wasn’t worried; there’s no way Donald Trump could become the President of the United States. At 6 AM on November 9th, 2016 I learned otherwise.

Months ago I remember having this deep, quiet certainty that, if elected, Donald Trump would turn out to be a slightly better president than most expected; that he’d be a pleasant surprise. That feeling thrived only as long as election day was an intangible concept months removed from reality. I don’t have the luxury of allowing myself to feel that way anymore – he is here, and this is reality, today – Donald Trump is our president.

I’m under no illusion that every past president has been a pillar of moral virtue and that we’re now politically ‘slumming it’ with The Donald for the first time in American history- I imagine we’ve had quite a few presidents whose character has come up lacking… I think the difference here is that Trump’s not hiding it – indeed, he’s flaunting it, which, turns out, is one of the reasons for his popularity in the first place.

In my opinion, based on my current knowledge of history, politics, economics and technology (and I’m sure I’ll have a radically different opinion 10 years from now), Donald Trump is a symptom of a country undergoing a change not seen since the Industrial Revolution. We’ve had significant economic downturns before, but the difference with what happened almost 10 years ago has been timing. Had the Great Recession happened maybe 30 years ago, we might’ve quickly bounced back and regained everything we lost, as the economy was ‘typical’, with more predictable market demands and ways of doing business that we all understood, and that a larger percentage of Americans could readily take an active role in without higher education, from the coal miner to the steel worker to the assembly-line employee putting our cars and planes together.

But the world is simply different today. it’s easy to chalk that difference up to corporate greed or the moral failings of our country, but those are cop-outs, nothing more than simple, comforting excuses. The real answer, the underlying issue, is “The world has continued it’s accelerating trend of social and technological progress while we slept.” more significant and frankly, frightening to most… we simply don’t need the worker of yesterday. The world has continued it’s accelerating trend of social and technological progress while we slept. What we need is a more educated workforce to fill current and emerging jobs that will replace the blue-color jobs of yesterday. Right now, the ‘App Developer’ seems like an exotic, intellectually-loaded job title… instead, it, and other job titles like it, need to be viewed as the new job of choice for blue-collar workers. We need to accept and embrace the fact that changing technology and socio-economic situations have upended everything. Once we do, we can move forward and create a new, different – but still fundamentally American – country.

I get it, the frustration and anger of those that voted for Trump… I understand. I came from the Midwest, I’ve seen that side of things. I’ve had the same frustrations myself. I’m in no way downplaying the motivations behind Trump’s election. My argument is one of ‘what to do about the frustration’. What scares me, and I hope I’m wrong, is that, instead of electing a candidate that understands the world has changed, and that we must change with it and not fight against the current, we’ve elected someone who may do everything in his power to fight against the real world, to deny it’s validity.

What we need are concrete solutions. We need to push workforce training and re-training for tomorrow’s demands. We need to emphasize higher education. We need to look forward to where the country, and more importantly, the world as a whole, is moving, and ready ourselves for that, instead of lamenting what’s been lost and futility trying to hold on.

Maybe I’m wrong about Trump. Maybe Trump has simply been playing the showman. Maybe he’s been doing everything in his power to pander to the greatest amount of Americans, whether he believes in what he’s selling or not, just to get elected, and now he can begin the job of leading the country in a direction that it must go to become prosperous again. I’m not holding my breath. Instead, I’m putting my faith in larger, more long-term social and economic trends, and in those silent, dedicated Americans – and other global citizens – empowered by technology, who initiate grassroots change for the better from a computer in a basement or from an app on their smartphone. Oh, and I’m putting a whole lot of hope and faith in that whole Seperation-of-Powers thing.

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