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I cannot believe it has been nearly two years since I wrote about Choosing a new Wordpress theme for my other site but I have finally got round to changing the old theme.

It is different from the original winner though – called Venice Lite. It is even more cleaner and uncluttered than Nisarg mainly because it doesn’t use those little icons with such things as the date author and category. Talking of which I like the way the category is listed above the post title.

The only thing I want to change at the moment is the font used in the site title. Although very stylish I have got two consecutive o’s in my site title which makes it look like it has a pair of eyes.

There are definitely some style elements I want to use when I eventually get round to making a theme for this website.

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Well I made it – this is my last day of working at Amazon.

I have actually still got a week to go to the end of the assignment but, after taking a while to think about it, decided to take advantage of the offer to use my unused holiday balance.

Yes, I did have to think about it. I was tempted to work the last week, the extra money has come in quite useful and I felt slightly guilty not getting as much as I could. But, on the other hand, Amazon didn’t need me as the the peak period was over and the thought of not having to get up at 5.10 in the morning for another week was so enticing.

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Day Zero is Amazon’s Health and Safety induction session and runs for 5 hours. A nice easy introduction back to full time work for me after so many months off.

I am filled with a bit of trepidation about the next three months though.
I think I am pretty fit for my age but I haven’t done much physical work since I used to help out a friend with his window cleaning round about 8 years ago. 10 hours makes for a very long shift and as for having to get up at 5.10, for me thats the middle of the night.

There is also worry about all those horror stories circulating at the moment about the working conditions in Amazon warehouses.

Oh well, only one way to find out.

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I am back again – in more ways than one.

It had been so long since doing anything with this site that I had not realised that the latest version of PHP broke my Textpattern 4.6.2 and visitors could only see a couple of lines error codes.

My first port of call was the Installatron Applications Installer, but it’s latest version was still 4.6.2 , so I had to do it the hard way.
After backing up my data I first tried following the upgrade path but I couldn’t get it to work. Most probably because I think on the previous major upgrade I had to move a couple of files to make it work.

Anyway every cloud … For some reason my textpattern was in the directory textpattern/textpattern/ and to me it looked untidy so at least I had the chance to amend this and have all the files in the right place.

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Now that Wordpress is installed and I have imported everything from my online website it is time to try out some new themes. My original theme is many years old and has not been updated for a long time. I am not sure how adaptive it is now that so many people are using tablets and smartphones to browse the web.

After a long time searching I find and install three themes that look suitable for my website; Clean Retina, Nisarg and Bhari. After trying them all out in live preview, there is one outright winner.

Nisarg.
This stylish theme is, clean and uncluttered with elegant and readable typography. It is not as customiseable as my old theme or the other two I tried but, to be honest, there is not much about it I want to change.

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Now that I have updated MySQL it’s time to make use of my webserver. So, as I want to try different themes for my other website, I shall install Wordpress.

The install went successfully but, when I logged in I was faced with an update. Already! – I had only downloaded the latest version two days ago. But, this does give me the opportunity to try out the Wordpress automatic update as I have never tried it on my home webserver before.

Download failed.: No working transports found

After a quick Google search I find out that It is the php CURL extension that performs data transfers and deals with HTTP and HTTPS requests.

So it is just a case of opening php.ini in a text editor, uncommenting extension=php_curl.dll and then restarting Apache.

Wordpress automatic upgrades now works.

Job done.

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Having already updated Apache and PHP I thought it was about time I updated MySQL now at version 5.7.

Downloaded, installed and tested successfully.

The only problem, for me at least, is that there is no option in the installation process to change the program and data directories. I need them to be in a subdirectory named Webserver on the D: Drive. So, after a bit of trial and error, I came up with this solution.

Open a command prompt as administrator.
Stop the Mysql service with net stop mysql57
Remove the service with sc delete mysql57

Now it is time to move the directories from their default location. I also move the my.ini file from the data directory to the server directory – its natural home.

Next it’s time to edit the my.ini file
uncomment and change basedir path
change datadir path
change secure-file-priv path

With that done open a command prompt as administrator in the MySQL bin directory as MySQL now can be re-instated as a service using mysqld.
e.g. mysqld —install MySQL57 —defaults-file=“D:\Webserver\MySQL\my.ini”

Service successfully installed.

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Today I decided to upgrade Textpattern to its latest iteration using Installatron Applications Installer.

At first everything seemed to go OK – the blog loaded well but when I tried to log in as Admin to write a post I got this error.

config.php is missing or corrupt. To install Textpattern, visit setup.

There is,of course, no setup for the link to go to, so I go in search of config.php. I find it on the top level directory textpattern/ and seeing a sub directory also called textpattern decide to move the file there.

I try logging in again. This time I have lost the error and now get a 404 Not Found page. So, as I have moved the config.php down a level, I try pointing my login link to here also.

Et voila!
Back in business.

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Oh dear. I knew it had been a long time since I had posted anything but I did not realise how long. Where did all the time go?

I had intended to restart this blog when I upgraded to Windows 10 and even took loads of notes about my experience. Now all I have to do is find them.

Looks like I have a lot of retroactive posting to do.

My first problem is that I cannot remember when I actually installed Windows 10 but I found this tip:

Open a command prompt and type in systeminfo | find /i "Original"

Result – Original Install Date: 22/09/16, 15:32:26

Except this is wrong because I know that I had the free upgrade and the last date for that was July 29th 2016. Ho hum.

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I have just realised that Apache has not been starting, so, I try to start it up from the Apache Monitor.

Apache Error – The requested operation has failed!

Looked in Event Viewer:
The Apache service named reported the following error:
>>> AH00451: no listening sockets available, shutting down.

Something has stolen the use of Port 80 and the usual suspect for this is Microsoft’s own webserver IIS which is run by the W3SVC service. So lets fire up Services and have a look.

And there it is, hiding under the Display name: World Wide Web Publishing Service.
Right click on service and select Properties:
Stop service and set Startup type: to Manual.

Now Apache should start – back in business

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