Steps to improve your computer’s performance

These are steps that I do the start of new year and each month to improve my computer’s performance. I perform this minor task on all my devices.

1. Create filters for my inbox to remove spam, and move them  to deleted folder.

2. Update Virus Program run full scan and setup new schedule to run scan.

3. Delete browser history on all the browsers on my computer.

When we perform these minor task we are removing cookies, reducing spam, removing and blocking pop-ups ads, and other files that are system no longer needs, such as old download files. If you are like me, you have  more then one browser on your computer.  These are steps for the top three browser used today, Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

Key search words are;
Delete your Chrome browser history

Delete your Firefox browser history

Delete your Internet Explorer history


I like to use CCleaner to help keep unwanted files from my all my devices. There is a free version and a Professional version for the low cost I use the professional version.

Warning that this could take some time to complete if you have not cleared your history for a while. Also, when you clear your history you will need to sign back into your online emails and other applications you run from the browser. However if you were to perform this task every week it you help to keep your computer healthy.

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Install the newest version of Contact Form 7 with reCAPTCHA v3

Install the newest version of Contact Form 7 with reCAPTCHA v3

Log into your Google account before you start.

If you don’t have the form created, go ahead and do that now.

Go to contactform7.com/docs to see instruction for creating the form.

From your Dashboard Under Contact Form select Integration.

In the reCAPTCHA window select the link to google.com/recaptcha

In the new page select My reCAPTCHA

You should be at Manage your reCAPTCHA API Key

Under Register a new site, add Label for this project.

I used domain name here, you can used whatever you want.

Choose the type of reCAPTCHA

Select reCAPTCHA v3

Under Domains (one per line)

Enter your domain name.

I used one domain name per keys, Why? To make it cleaner to manage more than one domain account

Now if you agree select the Accept the reCAPTCHA Terms of Service.

Now select Register.

Next page you will see Site key and Secret Key. Copy and paste these keys into the Integration under Contact Form.

Now under the client-side Integration copy both scripts that are just under the words

Paste this snippet before the closing </head> tag on your HTML template: (Copy this script so we can paste it to the header)

Paste this snippet in the JavaScript callback for an action on your website.(Copy this script so we can paste it to the header)

Be sure to go to the bottom of this page and hit Save Changes

I use and always have used a plug-in from WPBeginner Title Insert Headers and Footers,  use this plug-in  to insert both scripts into the header. Be sure to save.

Once this is completed, go back to your form and test! You should see a black and blue reCAPTCHA in the bottom right of you web site floating in the corner. This confirms that setup was successful.  Hover over the icon.

Note over time you can go back to My reCAPTCHA through Integration to see what is call the “score” to see now many spams were blocked using your reCAPTCHA with the form.

WD 4 TB My Book My Review

WD My Book 4TB
WD My Book 4TB

Here is the deal, I have never taken the time nor had any interest in writing a review about any product until today. I recently made a purchase of WD 4 TB My Book for backing up all my files.  Setting up and install of the program was the easy part of the process. Configuring a backup schedule took only seconds to complete. However, once you have completed your first backup, it took some time for me to find out how to view the files that were backed up or confirm that the backup completed. Even then you still are not sure that back was completed, as you do not see the actual files or paths.  One the features I thought was great was the ability to backup Cloud files such Google Drive and Dropbox files.  You will need your user name, password and complete some verification for each to complete this task.  When completed you have no real proof that the cloud storage was backed up other than the word “completed”, and you will need to hunt for that confirmation.  Just my two-cent worth.

Cannot get the PHP to display using WAMP!

One of the problems that many first-time user and others, like me, have problems with is getting PHP to work in WAMP. When you create your first php page, hello.php and you try to view that page in the browser using Notepad ++ the page does not display properly. This is because it displays is C://.

What you see is all the tags for the page and not just the text Hello World. What you need to remember is your working on localhost so the path for viewing the page should be http://localhost/hello.php.

If you have added a folder under www, it would look something like this http://localhost/yourfoldername/hello.php

Installing WAMP on your computer to run WordPress

My goal is to install WordPress on my “local” computer for a project that will take some time to complete. To complete this task, I need to install WAMP on my computer.

WAMP is package of Apache, which is a web server PHP which is a server-side scripting language and MySQL which is open-source relational database. You can do this by downloading and install the package known as WampServer which is referred to as software stack or package.

Before you download and install this stack I wanted to encourage you to read this article first before you start. This will give you a good understand of the steps you are going to take. Be prepared to complete this task at one time so you do not miss any steps.

To download WampServer go to www. wampserver.com and download the correct package for your system. If you have 32-bit system you will need to download the WampServer 32 bit (x86) or if you are running a 64-bit system you will need to download the WampServer 64 bit (x64).

What I did was create three steps for completing this project.

Step 1 Install WAMP stack

Step 2 Setup test database for MySQL

Step 3 Install WordPress

At the time of this writing I downloaded and install the 64-bit version 3.1.0

Go ahead and download the package for your system and run the exe.

Launch phpMyAdmin
Information Important Read

Remember me saying to read this document first? The above was a surprise during install, read this information and make sure the following is completed first before going any further with the install of WAMP.

Make sure the following Microsoft Visual C++ is install for your system. Remember that x86 is 32-bit and X64 is 64-bit system.  Note the information about closing Skype and to disable IIS server if installed on your system.  For Skype you may running into an issue with Skype using port 80 and need to disable that setting within Skype.  In my case I do not run Skype nor IIS server.

Destination Location WAMP Install
Location WAMP Install

You do not need to change the destination! Select NEXT

Start Menu Folder
Start Menu Folder

Leave start menu as is and select NEXT.

Ready to Install
Ready to Install

At this point you are ready to install WAMP select Install!

WAMP Installing
WAMP Installing

Decision time, do you want to use iExplore as your browser or another browser? I am a big fan of Chrome, so I selected NO so I can select the path to Chrome. Interesting but no surprise to me that it ignored my selection.  If you select Yes, you will be taken to the next window. If you selected NO, then you will need to browser, starting at C: to the path for Chrome or Firefox.

Another decision to make. By default, WampServer wants to use notepad as text editor. In my case I am good with using notepad, but I have and use Notepad ++ as my test editor, so I selected NO. You will be asked to select the correct path to the text editor. In my case it was C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++.

Next step is to launch phpMyAdmin which is a free open-source admin tool used with MySQL.  Select next at this point.  In the next window select Finish.

Last Step install
Last Step install

Message that reads you completed the setup wizard of Wampserver64 will appear.

 

WAMPServer Install Completed
WAMPServer Install Completed

In order to see that you were successful in installing WAMP you need to select the Wampserver icon that now appears on your desktop. Once the server is started this menu will appear on the task bar in the lower right corner as shown. Be sure to select the up arrow and select the green icon. Also notice that you can start, stop and retart the server from this menu. Green icon indicates started, red icon indicates off or stopped and yellow icon indicates issue or restarting, Testing each at this point is good indicates server is working properly.

What is the next step? The next step is to bring up phpMyAdmin to create test database. After that is completed we will need to download and install WordPress.

After installing WAMP let’s create test database

Download and Install WordPress on local computer

Related link to PHP: https://cit101blog.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/cannot-get-the-php-to-display-using-wamp/

 

After installing WAMP let’s create test database in MySQL

After installing WAMP let’s create test database in MySQL for WordPress.

To do this let’s go into phpMyAdmin. Remember from the first step we completed, ” Installing WAMP on your computer to run WordPress ” in order for  you to see the menu to select phpMyadmin you need to start WAMPServer by clicking on the icon on your desktop.  Once the server is started this menu will appear on the task bar in the lower right corner as shown.

 

The following browser page will appear. Note the path is http://localhost/phpmyadmin/

How you should see login for username and password as shown.

 

The default username is root, and remember the password is left blank to login. If during setup you created a password you will need to use that password. At later time I will create document for steps taken to change the password. Go ahead and select Go.

Now you should be in phpMyAdmin, select the Database tab. The following is what you should see at this point.

Where it reads Create database enter test_db and hit the Create button.

Now this is all you need to do at this point. Remember our goal is to get WordPress up and running on our local computer, we will come back and play around with the test_db on later date. For now, let’s get WordPress installed.

Just realized that I did not follow-up on my comment to “play around” with test_db on later date. Thanks coming soon.

Download and installing WordPress on local computer

What is the next step?

The first step was installing WAMP on our computer, then we install MySQL bringing up phpMyAdmin to create test database. After that was completed we will need to download and install WordPress.

Now we can go ahead and download a copy of WordPress from WordPress.org. Once it has downloaded extract the zip file and copy the WordPress folder to C:\wamp64\www . Remember I had 64 bit system so your path may read different then what if shown.

Goal here is to get the WordPress downloaded and unzip the files, then copy the wordpress folder into C:\wamp64\www . As shown below

Now open a browser and enter the following URL, http://localhost/wordpress and hit enter. Your WordPress page should appear with the option to pick language, then select continue.  You should see the following message.

In the next screen only change the Database name to test_db, then Username to root and leave the password blank, leave Database Host localhost and leave the Table Prefix to wp_

Hit the submit button and in the next screen hit Run the Installation button.

Next screen, enter the following information Site Title, Username, NOTE the password or create a strong password, add your email address. Now selected the box Discourage search engines from indexing this site. Remember I created this WordPress on my local computer to work on a WordPress project that will take some time to complete. Once you have completed the fields hit the Install WordPress button.

Once you have completed the install you should get login screen and go right into WordPress. The URL should read //localhost/wordpress/wp-admin/..