Another Cup of Coffee is now a DesignRush Verified Agency

I am pleased to announce that Another Cup of Coffee has become a DesignRush Verified Agency. DesignRush is a B2B directory and marketplace helping companies find and partner with top performing digital agencies. Founded in 2017, it has now grown into a global agency network. You can find Another Cup of Coffee’s DesignRush profile here …

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How to quickly migrate your WordPress site using the Backup Migration plugin

You may not have heard of BackupBliss as, it being a relatively new entrant to the backup and migration plugin space, doesn’t appear in the usual ‘top plugins’ style articles. Nevertheless, I have personally used the Backup Migration plugin and find it a good alternative to more familiar names such as All-in-One WP Migration, BlogVault and UpdraftPlus.

How to set up a MySQL database server on Ubuntu for Drupal to WordPress migrations

Content Management System (CMS) migration projects involve moving data between databases with different schemas. Table names, field types and constraints often don’t match up, leading to a number of frustrating errors. This is especially the case with highly complex Drupal to WordPress migrations that use custom scripts to extract, transform and load the data. Read on to find out how to set up a MySQL database server on Ubuntu for Drupal to WordPress migrations.

A guide to WordPress Backups and Staging

This WordPress Backups and Staging Guide is a guest post by Melinda Bartley. If you’ve run a WordPress site long enough, you’d know how making changes to it can be tricky. Sometimes, even minor changes can cause major glitches. This makes backups and staging such lifesavers! Every WordPress site should have backup and staging solutions …

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Ubercart to WooCommerce migration notes

I’ve now had several Ubercart to WooCommerce migration projects so it’s time to start documenting the process. As with all my documentation, I’ll start off this post as rough notes and improve it over time. If this topic interests you, be sure to check back every so often to see the updates. Please keep in …

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Migrating Drupal events to WordPress Events Calendar (Tribe Events)

The The Events Calendar, sometimes known as Tribe Events, is a popular plugin for managing event content in WordPress. It’s so popular that it’s often the first choice when clients ask me to migrate Drupal event content into WordPress. Here is some sample SQL queries if you need to do something similar. Sample SQL queries …

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How to fix a ‘Object of class WP_Error could not be converted to string’ error in WordPress

If you see a blank page while trying to log in to your WordPress site, check your web server’s error logs. You may get the following error: stderr: PHP Catchable fatal error: Object of class WP_Error could not be converted to string in /var/[PATH TO YOUR DOCUMENT ROOT]/wp-includes/default-constants.php on line 139 Note that the line …

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How to fix https version of a site redirecting to the wrong domain

Some hosting providers restrict customers to a single SSL/TLS certificate per socket. (In simple terms, a socket is the combination of IP address and port number.) Since Apache listens to port 80 for non-SSL connections and port 443 for SSL connections on the same IP address, customers usually need a separate IP address for each …

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Why is Drupal the second most dreaded platform?

According to the Drupal Shell site, Drupal is the second most hated CMS platform. I think this sounds a little harsh. Digging into the source survey on stackoverflow, we find that it’s actually listed as the second most dreaded platform. While perhaps more even-handed, I’m still not at all surprised as a large chunk of …

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How to fix Error Code 2013 Lost connection to MySQL server

If you spend time running lots of MySQL queries, you might come across the Error Code: 2013. Lost connection to MySQL server during query. This article offers some suggestions on how to avoid or fix the problem. Why this happens This error appears when the connection between your MySQL client and database server times out. …

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Post-migration troubleshooting: Gateway timeout when enabling plugins

Here’s one that caught me out on a recent Drupal to WordPress migration. As is common with my projects, there were three parties involved: the client, an external development team and myself. The WordPress site was first built on the development team’s server, after which it was migrated to my local environment. When everything was …

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How to change the WordPress table prefix prior to a migration

When working on a Drupal to WordPress migration project, I like to migrate into a set of intermediary WordPress tables that live in the Drupal database. These are working tables where I can run various scripts to process and clean up the content before exporting to a working WordPress installation. It’s not necessary to do …

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Post-migration troubleshooting: WordPress redirects to old site after updating database

If you’ve ever migrated a WordPress site, either to another URL or for a Drupal to WordPress migration project, you’ll know that WordPress stores the domain name in its database. This means you’ll have to jump through some hoops when moving WordPress to another environment. A critical step is to update the database to reflect …

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Handling the Drupal file directory when migrating to WordPress

Attaching media to the WordPress Media Library is one of those things that many clients don’t realise can add lots of time to a Drupal to WordPress migration project. The reason is a little detailed and involves some knowledge of WordPress’ inner-workings. When you upload a file to the WordPress Media Library, WordPress does some …

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Migrating Bare Bones Yojimbo to WordPress

In a previous post, I wrote about exporting data from Bare Bones Software’s Yojimbo and using Tomboy as an alternative. My migration script scraped the content from Yojimbo Sidekick and wrote XML files in Tomboy Note format. Though there were some drawbacks, such as tags being unavailable in Yojimbo Sidekick, I thought Tomboy’s search feature …

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Migrating Delicious Bookmarks to WordPress

Delicious is one of those services that few people know about but loved (and probably hated in equal measure) by those who use it. Their offering is easy to grasp: Delicious is a social bookmarking service that lets you “Save, organize, and remember the links you find interesting or useful around the web.” I’m sure …

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How to write a Drupal to WordPress migration mapping document

Performing a Drupal to WordPress migration can be very complex, especially if you have many content types. You’ll make the process easier if you create a migration mapping document beforehand. A common migration mapping is to convert Drupal pages to the WordPress page type and Drupal stories to the WordPress post type. However, many Drupal …

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Importing a WordPress database: How to fix the Unknown collation: ‘utf8mb4_unicode_ci’ error

If you do a lot of exporting and importing to different database servers, you’ll be familiar with the frustration of encountering MySQL import errors. Every so often when importing a WordPress dump file into a client’s database, I will encounter an Unknown collation error like the following: Unknown collation: ‘utf8mb4_unicode_ci’ Sometimes it will come up …

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