onedrive

Setup Microsoft Onedrive – Free, secure cloud backup.

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Introduction

We’ve all been there, you spend countless hours on that document and suddenly your PC freezes up, you are forced to restart but windows isn’t booting because the hard drive has failed. There is no backup aside from a USB thumb drive you have been copying everything to weekly. You have now lost an entire week of work…if you’re one of the lucky ones.

So then, what’s the easiest and most secure way to ensure you have your data backed up?

Everybody has access to a free cloud backup solution and probably aren’t even aware of it

Enter Onedrive, the free cloud utility built right into windows 10, and all you need is a Microsoft account

Today we are going to cover

  • How to create a Microsoft account or convert existing user account
  • Configure the free Microsoft Onedrive for sync
  • Use the same Microsoft account on other devices to sync data

Step 1: Microsoft Account

Why should you convert to a Microsoft account?

  • Because its free
  • Because its secure
  • You get free cloud backup with Onedrive

What if I told you that no matter the complexity of your login password, any technician with even basic training and resources can gain access in seconds using free utilities available online?

Scary right? But there is a way to secure your account, convert it to a Microsoft account!

The first thing we need to do is open ‘Add, edit, or remove other users’ in Settings

Cortana, good for finding settings quickly..

Then we choose ‘Your info’ on the left

Your info

Now we choose ‘Sign in with a Microsoft account instead’

Your Account

Now we get the sign in prompt, assuming you don’t already have a Microsoft account hit ‘No account? Create one!’

Sign in prompt

Here you can enter an existing email address, for this example we will create a new one.

Get a new email

Now we create a new email address and password for the Microsoft account

Create a username

Follow the prompts and enter your name and date of birth as required

Gotta love scrolling that year box

The last step is to verify your current Windows password

Secure password

Once this is complete you will notice that your info section will change to reflect the new Microsoft account, we have successfully converted our Local account to a Microsoft Account. Now let’s move on to Onedrive.

Step 2: Onedrive

The next thing we want to do is setup onedrive, so go ahead and open it

Cortana being useful again

Here we login using the same credentials we just created for our Microsoft account

Enter the account we just made

Once you have logged in you can change the location of your onedrive. This is handy if you only have a small SSD for Windows and you keep a separate drive for data

Change to another location if you wish

After this Microsoft will advertise their Onedrive 1TB cloud storage deal for $6.99/month, not a bad deal for cloud storage but for now we will use the free version. I recommend reading through the introductory slides to learn the features of Onedrive.

You will notice a onedrive icon in the taskbar once it is setup, this is how you can tell if files are being synced with the cloud. Now we will setup sync so go ahead and right click on this icon and choose Settings

Choose the ‘Backup’ tab and select ‘Manage Backup’

Onedrive settings

Now you can choose what folders you wish to sync (aside from the onedrive folder itself) Please note the free edition of Onedrive only comes with 5GB of storage. After you have made your selection click Start Backup.

Select what you want to sync

Onedrive will now start to backup your folders, you can watch the files being synced in real time by selecting ‘View sync progress’

Getting it done

Now this is where the magic happens!

We have synced all of our files to onedrive, but what if I want to access those files and that account from another device?

We simply log into that device with the same Microsoft account we just created, and all of our data is there waiting for us! If you’re like me and keep a laptop for travelling or do some work from home, this is an amazing feature. Watch here as I create a new test document on my desktop, and watch it appear instantly on my surface pro.

And that’s it, we have secured our account and set up reliable cloud storage all for free.

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Wordpress Migration

WordPress Migration – the easy way.

Today we are going to migrate a wordpress website from one server host to another running cpanel.

In this instance we are not changing the domain name, we are simply moving to another host.

Watch the video or read ahead

Step 1: Backup all the data!

The first thing we need to do is sign into cpanel on the existing host and download a backup of both the Home directory and the SQL database using the backup wizard.

We could also grab emails but it’s a better idea to use Outlook to export the PST files, in this instance there are no emails to back up.

The cPanel Backup Wizard

Step 2: Create a new SQL database on the new host

Log in to the cpanel on your new host, go to ‘MySQL Databases’

Under “Create New Database’ type a name, for this demonstration we just used ‘wordpress’

Remember the username including the prefix as we will need this later.

Create a new database

Step 3: Create the database user and update permissions

Scroll down to ‘Add New User’

Give the user a name, and set a password, you can use the generator to create a complex password, just be sure to copy it somewhere as we will need it later.

Click ‘Create User’

Next we scroll down to ‘Add User to database’ give the user a name and ensure you are adding itto the database we just created

Click ‘Add’

On the ‘Manage User Privileges’ page tick the ‘ALL PRIVILEGES’ box

Click ‘Make Changes’

Again, remember the username and password you have set!

User Privileges

Step 4: Restore the SQL database

Go back to the cpanel menu and open ‘phpmyadmin’

Select the database we just created and select the ‘import’ tab

Choose the database file we backed up earlier (you may have to unzip this file)

Untick the box under ‘Partial Import’

Click ‘Go’, this will take some time depending on the size of your database.

Import function in phpMyAdmin

Step 5: Import Home directory

On the cpanel menu select ‘File Browser’

Navigate to the ‘public_html’ directory, this is where we will upload the files

Click ‘upload’ and choose the home directory backup file we made earlier

Once it has finished uploading go back to the file explorer page

Right-click on the zip archive and select ‘Extract’

We have now restored the site files

Extracting the home directory files on the new server

Step 6: Update the wp-config.php file

While in the file explorer, find the ‘wp-config.php’ file and right click on it, select ‘edit’

Find and update the following lines with the database name, username and password we created earlier:

Database Name

define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘DATABASE NAME HERE’);

Database User

define(‘DB_USER’, ‘USERNAME HERE’);

User Password

define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘PASSWORD HERE’);

Once you have made the edits, click ‘save’

wp-config.php edit

Step 7: Update the name servers on the domain name

Be sure to update the nameservers on your domain name to point to the new host, if you’re keeping the same domain name simply wait 24 hours and your site is ready to go! If you’re changing your domain name you will have to perform a search and replace on all the site links to reflect this change. A good plugin for this is the search and replace plugin at https://wordpress.org/plugins/search-and-replace/

Updating name servers

That’s it! As always let us know if this guide helped you. If there is something you would like us to cover, please leave a comment.

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