Simple scripts for speedy WordPress actions

November 14th, 2008 – 10 Comments

speedometerSometimes, when moving or installing WordPress blogs, you’ll have a need for some simple scripts to help do simple things. I found a couple of those that helped me out, and I thought I’d share them with you!

Easily install WordPress

This first one I shared on my newsletter a couple of weeks back: EasyWP Installer is a script that helps you quickly install a WordPress if the only thing you have is FTP access. What it does?

It downloads all the WordPress files for you, so you only have to upload this 8kb file, instead of uploading the entire WordPress directory! Especially on somewhat slower connections, this can be a huge timesaver.

Easily backup your database

For the same reason, when you have no other access to your database than through localhost, you’ll want to dump it through a simple script instead of having to install something like phpMySQLadmin. For this purpose, Huang Kai developed a script aptly called mysqldump. In this script, you’d have to enter db name, username, host etc.

I have adapted his script. If you upload it to a WordPress directory, it will auto load the values from the wp-config directory, and allow you an easy way of dumping the database to a MySQL file. Download my version of the script here.

Resetting your administrator password

Something went wrong in your install? Or you lost the admin password to your blog in some other way? Use this emergency script to retrieve it, change it, or even add a new user to the database!

10 Responses to Simple scripts for speedy WordPress actions

  1. Shanker Bakshi
    By Shanker Bakshi on 1 December, 2008

    Yoast – I need some good ftp file manager for uploading/downloading file at FTP locations.

  2. FazerBlogs
    By FazerBlogs on 23 November, 2008

    Hi Yoast

    I`ve allready install de “all-in-one-seo-pack” for noindexing the tags, categories, admin pages, etc …
    I`ve read your “Definitive Guide to High Rankings”, and you said to install the “robots-meta” plugin for noindex.

    I`ve a question:
    Can i use both plugins? Is there any advantage using both of them? Witch plugin is the better one for noindexing?

    Thanks for ansewring …

  3. Pevenage
    By Pevenage on 17 November, 2008

    Very usefull scripts..Joost is an authority on wordpress :)

  4. Tertius
    By Tertius on 17 November, 2008

    Yes, easy backup is a must!

    Well, backup in general is a must!

  5. kabarmadura
    By kabarmadura on 17 November, 2008

    amazing guys
    great performance and tweak tips

  6. SEO Tips South Africa
    By SEO Tips South Africa on 16 November, 2008

    Hmmmm, and here I am fiddling around with localhosts and you reckon it is as simple as Huang Kai’s script? Thanks for the tip Joost!

  7. Pork Bun
    By Pork Bun on 15 November, 2008

    I see you’ve been busy lately !!! Cheers and congratulations and good luck in the future Joost !!
    You reminded me with this post that I have a lot of eggs in WordPress baskets and I have not done much with backups. I have relied on my host providers but I understand I can actually backup my database to a local disk and recover the entire WP blog manually after a disaster with the backup. Alreight now – I have to get to work now – thanks for the reminder.

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