Gregory's Blog

Immediate steps after installation

This article discusses the steps that should be taken immediately after a new installation of Gregory's Blog.
After installing a new version of Gregory's Blog using the installer, there are several essential settings that need to be set and other tasks that should be performed.

  1. First off, be sure to delete the 'installer' folder found on your server. The installer disables the installer folder after a successful install, however, for safety, it is best to delete this. If you need to reinstall in the future, you can always upload the installer again or download a new installer from my blog.
  2. Navigate the administrative site. The administrative section is found by removing the 'index.cfm' string and appending /admin/ to your URL. If this looks familiar to you- you probably have noticed that I am using the original BlogCfc interface created by Raymond Camden, but with a lot of new settings.
  3. To log in after a new install, type in admin as the user name and the password.
  4. Click on the 'update password' link in the administrative interface to update your user credentials. Type in admin as the 'old password', and enter your new password twice. Click on the 'update' button once you're done.
  5. Change the default blog user name. Click on the 'users' link to open the user interface and click on the admin link to open the user editor. In the user editor, you can ignore everything other than the 'name' entry. Change the name to the default name that you want displayed when you make an entry and click on the save button. If you don't change the name here, any blog entry that you will make will show the name as 'name'.
  6. Lets make a quick test entry to verify a few things... Click on the 'Add entry' link to open the Entry Editor. Note your local time, type in a quick title, and add a sentence or two in the Body section. Type in anything for the category, and click on the save button. This should create a new test entry. Once complete, go to your home page outside of the administrative section. See if the name next to the entry is the same name that you changed in the previous step. Also, check the time of the post to see if it matches your own local time.

  7. Synchronize server and local time. If the posted time does not match your local time, your hosting provider or server is located in a different time zone. To create an offset value, subtract or add hours in order for the time to match up. If the time on your post is greater than your own local time you need to append a minus (-) sign to the value. If your local time is greater than the posted time, you need to append a plus (+) sign to the figure.

    1. I'll use my own test post to explain. My hosting provider is located two time zones away. I posted this test post at 7:11 PM PST. However, the time stamp on the post indicates 9:11 PM. 9 minus 7 is 2, and my time is less than the hosting servers time, so my offset string will be "-2". Finally, to synchronize the time, click on the settings link, and find the content section. There is an offset entry. Here I changed the offset value from 0 to -2, and clicked on the save button.

The next post will discuss how to modify your themes.

This entry was posted on June 13, 2019 at 8:10 PM and has received 185 views.

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Images and Photography:

Gregory Alexander either owns the copyright, or has the rights to use, all images and photographs on the site. If an image is not part of the "Gregory's Blog" open sourced distribution package, and instead is part of a personal blog post or a comment, please contact us and the author of the post or comment to obtain permission if you would like to use a personal image or photograph found on this site.

Credits:

Portions of Gregory's Blog are powered on the server side by BlogCfc, an open source blog developed by Raymond Camden. Revitalizing BlogCfc was a part of my orginal inspiration that prompted me to design this site. Some of the major open source contributers to BlogCfc include:

  1. Peter Farrell: the author of 'Lyla Captcha' that is used on this blog.
  2. Pete Freitag: the author of the 'ColdFish' code formatter that is also used on this blog.

Version:

Gregory's Blog Version 1.1 July 14th, 2019.