Why is changing the hostname for a WordPress site so hard?

Recently, some changes at work have me doing more WordPress work than I’ve ever done before. I am mainly helping a group within our division deploy the sites they are building for clients. After doing a few of these, I’m just stunned by how difficult it is to move a site from one domain to another.

Given how common it must be for WordPress developers to develop a site on one hostname, e.g. “dev.MYCLIENT.com” or “MYCLIENT.ourdevenvironment.com”, before moving it to its final destination, it’s really hard to believe how hard WordPress makes this.

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Building a custom CentOS 7 kickstart disc, part 1

Note: this series of articles applies to CentOS 7; for CentOS 6, see this series.

CentOS (and of course, it’s upstream distro, Red Hat Enterprise Linux) has an extremely powerful, but somewhat poorly documented, tool for rapidly deploying machines and managing their configuration: kickstart. Kickstart lets you build a custom installation that can run hands-free. So not only is the installation quick and easy for you, you can be confident that your machines are configured exactly the way you want them to be.

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A review of “site tour” Javascript libraries

I recently had a need to display a “site tour” to point out important features to our users. I was happy to discover that there are some very easy-to-use libraries out there for this purpose. However, I found that each library was ultimately lacking at least one vital feature. I wish these authors would put their heads together and build the ultimate site tour.

Until they do, I present my review of a few of the leading candidates

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XBMC: hardware selection

I recently put together an XBMC system to replace an aging Apple TV (first gen). It was my interest in the Raspberry Pi that brought me to the idea of using XBMC, although ultimately, I did not end up going with a Raspberry Pi based system (I use one for other things around the house, but not the home theater).

I thought I’d share some of the decisions I made so others could benefit.

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