WordPress Permalinks on a Windows Server

WordPress Permalinks in IIS

If you’re anything like me you have multiple websites written in multiple languages. Why? Because programming is fun. So that leaves less options for what type of server you can use. One of the options is to host on a Windows based server. This is not the most ideal hosting solution for WordPress, but it works with some tweaks. One of these tweaks is to allow WordPress to use permalinks on a Windows server.

I have a Windows server hosted over at  A2 Hosting . They have excellent plans at really affordable prices. And, they have Linux plans too.

To get WordPress permalinks to play nice with Windows, a rewrite rule needs to be setup in the web.config file. If you already have a web.config file, copy and pasted the highlighted rewrite code within the system.webServer element. If you don’t have a web.config file, create the file in the root directory of your website. Then copy and paste all of the code below.

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How I Graduated College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Four Months

How I Graduated College with a Bachelor's Degree in Four Months

I started my college education 23 years ago at my local community college. I never really liked school, but in my family, it was pretty much expected that I go. This is the story of how i graduated college with a Bachelor’s degree in four months.

For the first few semesters of school I did okay but I really wasn’t learning anything I hadn’t already learned. College, especially community college, felt like an extension of high school without gum under the desks. The biggest mistake I made was not have a drive to succeed. It was good enough for me to just get by.

After four semesters of community college, I transferred to a four year program at a university. By this time I should have had at least my associates degree, but I didn’t have the required amount of credits. So on to the university I went. What a party! I was living on campus in a dorm with a buddy of mine from high school and I was quickly introduced to a whole new set of friends. Friends that liked to party! To say that I did horribly is an understatement.

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How to Start a Blog

How to Start a Blog

Blogging has become an essential of the internet world in the past decade. A blog can be a fantastic way to share information and opinions with other people. Blogging has also become very lucrative over the years with lots of money to be made. Whether you want to start a blog to make extra money, or to share information or just to vent frustration, check out my guide on how to start a blog. These are four easy steps you can do to start your blog.

Register a good domain name

Registering a domain name is easy. Registering a GOOD domain name is not so easy. Try to think of something that is memorable or that describes your blog in two or three words. This is one area your blog needs to shine. It is best to try to stick to registering a .com extension. This was the original and is to the most used extension. But, it can be difficult to find a good .com name, so you may want to consider a .net extension. If you want to register a .com extension, try searching for variants of the name you have in mind. Avoid using numbers or hyphens in the name, it is the kiss of death.

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Free Cash Back for Shopping Online

Free Cash Back for Shopping Online

I am always looking for ways to make or save money online. And, I’m always looking to shop online because I hate going to the store. Ebates has made this possible by giving me get free cash back for shopping online.

With Ebates you can still use coupon and promo codes with your purchase. This is not always to case with every cash back website.

Ebates has a relationship with over 2,000 stores online.  Some of those stores include Amazon, Walmart, Nordstrom, Target, Expedia, and many, many more. I personally use Ebates to book my air and hotel reservations through Expedia. What a way to save money!

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How to Fix a Water Heater

How to fix a water heater

A water heater is a simple appliance but one that can make taking a shower miserable when it is broken. Here is how to fix a water heater or at least how I did it.

There are only a few things that can go wrong with a water heater. If the tank itself is leaking, it’s time to get a new one. But if your water heater is leak free but just not heating your water, it can be fixed.

My pilot light kept going out and the hot water didn’t seem to last very long anymore so I thought I would replace the thermocouple. The thermocouple is a device made from different types of metals that react to heat. When it is heated it sends an electrical single to the gas control valve to inform it of the presence and temperature of the flame. Thermocouples are easy to replace. I just unscrewed the old one along with pilot tube, burner and igniter from the control valve and replaced. The older style water heaters had a single thermocouple that could be replaced on its own. These newer style water heaters have a combination of thermocouple, pilot tube and igniter all together.

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