TAPACOM http://www.tapacom.net Web development and Internet services Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:45:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Changes http://www.tapacom.net/2013/03/file-transfer-protocol-ftp-changes/ http://www.tapacom.net/2013/03/file-transfer-protocol-ftp-changes/#comments Sat, 16 Mar 2013 17:06:48 +0000 http://www.tapacom.net/?p=361 The system has been changed to provide FTP services using a different FTP server. The change enhances system security and provides additional services: WebDAV, Web File Manager, Secure FTP, Drop Ship, File Request and activity reporting.

More more information or to report any issues contact me at: http://www.tapacom.net/contact/

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Network outage http://www.tapacom.net/2012/08/network-outage/ http://www.tapacom.net/2012/08/network-outage/#comments Wed, 15 Aug 2012 02:41:04 +0000 http://www.tapacom.net/?p=339 Continue reading ]]> Early today a truck hit a utility pole providing network services to the building. Hawaiian Electric and Time Warner Telecom had to take network services offline in order to replace the damaged pole. Nearly all of the TAPACOM services were unavailable during this time. The domain name servers, list mail and database services remained online. All systems have been restored since about 1:00 p.m. today (Hawaiian Time).

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Support manager added to TAPACOM site http://www.tapacom.net/2012/03/support-manager-added-to-tapacom-site/ http://www.tapacom.net/2012/03/support-manager-added-to-tapacom-site/#comments Sat, 03 Mar 2012 16:44:26 +0000 http://www.tapacom.net/?p=315 Continue reading ]]> I’ve added a support management section to the TAPACOM web site. Clients will be able to view client projects and tasks to track the progress of support requests.

The support manager will report descriptions of project tasks, dates and times and pertinent notes. Clients will also be able to submit requests through the support manager.

Clients will be able to use their existing passwords to view their projects.


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TAPACOM Web Site Updated to WordPress 3.3 http://www.tapacom.net/2011/12/tapacom-web-site-updated-to-wordpress-3-3/ http://www.tapacom.net/2011/12/tapacom-web-site-updated-to-wordpress-3-3/#comments Thu, 22 Dec 2011 18:54:38 +0000 http://www.tapacom.net/?p=309 The TAPACOM web site has been updated to use the latest version of WordPress, 3.3.

If you find any usability issues with the TAPACOM site as a result of this change please let me know by contacting me at: http://www.tapacom.net/contact/

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Useful and Essential WordPress Plugins http://www.tapacom.net/2011/09/useful-and-essential-wordpress-plugins/ http://www.tapacom.net/2011/09/useful-and-essential-wordpress-plugins/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2011 00:37:15 +0000 http://www.tapacom.net/?p=275 Plugins greatly extend the capabilities of a WordPress driven web site. Posted at the Web Weaves Workshop web site is a list of some that are commonly used in many web sites.


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Updating WordPress plugins on TAPACOM hosted web sites http://www.tapacom.net/2011/09/updating-wordpress-plugins-tapacom-hosted-web-sites/ http://www.tapacom.net/2011/09/updating-wordpress-plugins-tapacom-hosted-web-sites/#comments Thu, 01 Sep 2011 20:30:37 +0000 http://www.tapacom.net/?p=262 Continue reading ]]> Date: June 6, 2011

Backup the MySQL Database

  1. In the Dashboard use the wp-dbmanager plugin to make a current backup of the MySQL database.
    Path = Dashboard > Database > BackupDB
  2. This will also be a good time to make repairs and optimize the database.
    Path = Dashboard > Database > RepairDB

    Path = Dashboard > Database > OptimizeDB

Download the New Plugin Files

  1. See which plugins have new versions.
    Path = Plugins > Updates Available
  2. Click on the link “View version xxx details”. On the succeeding page click on the link “WordPress.org Plugin Page” to see the plugin’s page at the WordPress.org plugin directory site.
  3. Download the new version at the link “Download Version xxx”

This will initiate a download of the compressed file to your machine. Extract the file compressed file.

Upload the New Plugin Files

  1. First, deactivate the plugin if it is active.
    Path = Plugins > Updates Available
    Click the “Deactivate” link.
  2. Launch the FTP client application (Fetch or another similar application).Connect to the web server with the FTP client application using the following access information:
    host = ( domain name )
    username = ( as provided to you by the system administrator )
    password = ( as provided to you by the system administrator )
  3. Go to the plugins folder.
    Path = Sites > wp-content > plugins
  4. Upload the folder containing the plugin files from your computer to the server.
  5. Reactivate the deactivated plugin.
    Path = Plugins > Updates Available
    Click the “Activate” link.


Test the functions of the updated plug in. Also test other functions of the web site. Look for any non-functioning services and unwanted changes in layout and appearances. Test functions like mail forms, feeds, forums, posts, pages, etc.

If you discover any issues initiate the troubleshooting process.

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Please use the contact form http://www.tapacom.net/2011/08/please-use-the-contact-form/ http://www.tapacom.net/2011/08/please-use-the-contact-form/#comments Tue, 30 Aug 2011 23:14:47 +0000 http://www.tapacom.net/?p=256 Please use the contact form provided in this web site to contact me for any requests or questions. There is no guarantee that the email address that’s been used in the past will continue to be used. But the contact form will always be current.

Here is the link to the contact form: http://www.tapacom.net/contact/

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TAPACOM is mobile friendly http://www.tapacom.net/2011/06/tapacom-is-mobile-friendly/ http://www.tapacom.net/2011/06/tapacom-is-mobile-friendly/#comments Tue, 28 Jun 2011 07:34:54 +0000 http://www.tapacom.net/?p=248 Continue reading ]]> Mobile use has become an important part of the Internet and requires web page layouts that are more useable. WordPress plug-in developers have created solutions to re-purpose traditional site layouts for the smaller screen space on smart phones. I’ve installed a plug-in that will do this for the smaller displays of the iPhone, iPod touch, Google Android, Blackberry Storm, Torch and other touch-based smart phones.

If you experience any technical or visual issues please report them to me. Your input would be greatly appreciated. Use this form to send me a message: http://tapacom.net/contact.

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Moving mailing lists to Mailman http://www.tapacom.net/2011/04/moving-mailing-lists-to-mailman/ http://www.tapacom.net/2011/04/moving-mailing-lists-to-mailman/#comments Sat, 09 Apr 2011 05:19:07 +0000 http://www.tapacom.net/?p=239 Continue reading ]]> I have switched the TAPACOM Announcements email list over to the Mailman list server software. While the old list software, LetterRip, was perfectly functional, Mailman provides for more flexibility and a more robust feature set.

This change only applies to the TAPACOM Announcements list at this time. Over the coming weeks I will convert the mailing lists for clients’ lists to the Mailman server, too. But for now, your lists will continue to operate using the LetterRip server.

If you find any issues with messages from the new list server, please let me know, as it will help me to fine tune the Mailman server.

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Current issues http://www.tapacom.net/2011/03/current-issues/ http://www.tapacom.net/2011/03/current-issues/#comments Sat, 26 Mar 2011 19:24:03 +0000 http://www.tapacom.net/?p=237 Continue reading ]]> Here is a short list of some of the issues that are pending resolution:

WordPress automatic updates – automatic updates from the Dashboard fail. Permissions were the original suspected cause of this problem, but research indicates that this might be related to the FTP server application. This will be tested by returning to the more robust Rumpus FTP server.

Advanced Category Excluder – this plugin is apparently not compatible with WordPress 3.1. Incompatibility with PHP 5 is suspected. The plugin author has not updated the code. So alternatives are being investigated to work around the issue.

Theme incompatibilities Рsome WordPress themes, generally the older ones, do not work well under WordPress 3.1/PHP 5. If these themes cannot be updated  with fixes, then suitable alternatives will be installed.

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