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WordPress 2.7.1, 4 Things I've Learnt This Fortnight and Using Magento

I upgraded to WordPress 2.7.1 and found it relatively painless and easy to do so. So far, no problems. I zipped the folders wp_admin and wp_includes to make it easier to upload to the server which cut the time down considerably considering I am on a dialup connection. More on upgrading instructions and backups after the jump.

If you are upgrading to 2.7.1, follow the detailed upgrading instructions here. You need to know what folders and files to leave alone when you do and that page will list them for you. Make sure you have a backup. Easiest method? Create a backup folder in your root directory on the server and copy over your entire blog folder into it. Just in case you can’t access the server though, use phpMyAdmin to download an SQL backup of your wordpress blog. Details on how to find phpMyAdmin on your server and how to do this are located here.

In other news: surprisingly and ironically enough, most of my paid work these days is coming from website design and server and website maintenance at a relatively basic level. As in this is what people are paying me to do and what they need. The ironic part is that while I have practical experience (10 years + depending on what you are talking about), I do not have a paper qualification. This doesn’t worry my clients though.

So I guess there are a few lessons there. 1) Sometimes you have skills that are not part of the degree you earned but instead stem from an interest or hobby and it pays to sell these skills as well on your resume, C.V. or whenever you meet a potential employer/client.

2) You need to pay attention to your market. I started out marketing my editing and writing skills and suddenly realised that the small business owners in this current financial crisis want to market their business more efficiently to a larger amount of customers on a budget instead of worrying about whether all their documents look good. This means they want to go online but can’t afford the $80 – 200 per hour that qualified web designers usually charge, especially when they want something that looks good and functions at the most basic level of what they need but does not have all the latest whizzbang technology. They want simple, elegant and efficient and something that can be easily upgraded later on to include Flash, videos and the like when they do have the money to spend on someone that can do all that.

For me at this point, the hardest part is looking at everything I have learnt via being on the internet and running my own sites and trying to figure out if I have the capability to do what people are asking me to do. 3) You should never accept work that you are not capable of doing due to lack of time or knowledge.

4) It is very hard to translate a client saying “Make it look good” or the equivalent into something as technical as “What font style did you want then?” and back the other way. “Could you get your graphic designer to send me the images in a PSD format?” gets a lot of blank looks.

But now I have a question: I am interested in what anyone has to say about the Community Edition of Magento. I have heard that it is the best e-commerce software to use but I will be taking a gander at it real soon but I would like to know what any of you who have dabbled with it/know of it, have to say about it.

Cheers & Thanks, Marisa.

Marisa is a globetrotting freelance writer, journalist and editor with cat for hire (her, not the cat). She is currently based in Melbourne.

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