Troubleshooting: BackWPup Next Cron Job at Dec 31, 1969

As usual, on the new website, I created few backup jobs in BackWPup (Free) – my favorite WordPress backup plugin, setup the scheduled start time with WordPress cron. Because I setup one daily backup also send a copy to Box.Com via email, which will trigger an automatic notification email from Box.Com, I get to know if the scheduled backup is executed on time. But something strange happened after the following two days. The scheduled backup didn’t start as expected.

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Troubleshooting: Archive Link Not Working

On one of my WordPress website, the archive link is not working. The site has over 2 dozen plugins installed, and just been handed over to me a week ago. I have no clue when and what was done to the site, neither did my client. Instead of the usual routine of disabling all the plugins, I turned to Google Search. There are few possible solutions, I quickly located mine.

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Missing User Registration Date?

Default users list in WordPress dashboard yield limited information, only userame, name, email, role & posts. Once we customize the website with membership, more requests related with member registration information start emerging. For example, I want to know the user registration date.

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Change Howdy User Greeting Message on WordPress Admin Bar

“Howdy, $user” is the default greeting message on the top right corner after successful user login. I didn’t give it a second thought until today. I got a request asking me to change the greeting from “Howdy” to “Hello”.

Sounds simple?

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List All WordPress Posts by Category

If you are looking for a way to automatically generate a post index page, with all the post title & link in a WordPress website, the simple way is to use WP_Query, with “posts_per_page=-1” as $args.

There are ways to organize the list, for example, group the post by Category. In this case, we can add a new parameter in $args, which is “cat”, and put the query inside a category loop. Here are the code snippets.

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Manually Reset WordPress User Password

From time to time, we need to reset user’s password because user forgets his / her password on a WordPress website. There are few ways to do so. Either use “Lost your password?” function on login page to reset the password, or to change password with the help of one of the site administrators. In very rare cases, none of this works.

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Safe and Easy Terminal Login with SSH Config File

Managing so many WordPress websites, dealing with Terminal & command lines is inevitable. I use Mac OS X, so Terminal app and SSH command are the tools get me connected with remote machines occasionally. Although Coda 2 is my main code editor, FTP client & Terminal app, there is time I like to pop up the simple Terminal app, and use few command lines for a quick checkup.

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