Configure WordPress on OpenShift without Git: Part 2

Mark Berry May 5, 2015

In the Part 1 of this article, I explained how to set up an “empty” PHP app on OpenShift and how to connect to it using Putty, WinSCP, and FileZilla. In this part, we’ll focus on actually setting up WordPress. As mentioned in Part 1, I’m moving a WordPress site from a shared host, so I’ll actually be restoring a backup to create the site.

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Configure WordPress on OpenShift without Git: Part 1

Mark Berry May 5, 2015

I wanted to move a WordPress site from a shared host to a OpenShift, the PaaS offering from RedHat. This should be a faster setup since the OpenShift gears will be dedicated to just this one site. However, OpenShift is focused on developers and by default expects you to install command-line tools and git version control to be able to create and update your site. Their WordPress sample sites loads easily enough, but includes a non-standard directory structure that might cause trouble with uploads and restores.

So how do you create a “standard” WordPress site on OpenShift? This two part article will show you.

Part 1:  Set up the OpenShift application and access it remotely.

Part 2:  Set up WordPress on the OpenShift application.

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Increasing the WP-Mail-SMTP Timeout

Mark Berry January 27, 2015

WP-Mail-SMTP is a popular WordPress plugin that lets you configure your site to send email through an external SMTP host rather than directly from WordPress. It does this by sending special parameters to WordPress’s built-in version of PHPMailer.

The problem was, I was only getting mail part of the time. Using WP-Mail-SMTP’s helpful test function, I was able to duplicate the problem. Mail sending failed after 10 seconds or so. The following message appeared at the bottom of the debug output:

SMTP -> ERROR: Failed to connect to server: Connection timed out (110)

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