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.


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.


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)


Web Site Grader Rates Your Web Site

Mark Berry September 23, 2010

Web site grade A colleague referred me to this cool tool for rating web sites: The tool evaluates your site on the basis of of several criteria:  blog, links, metadata, domain age, traffic rank, etc.

MCB Systems’ site, created in-house using WordPress, rates 95 as of this writing.

How does your web site rate?


WordPress at Go Daddy Slow Compared to BlogEngine.NET

Mark Berry June 19, 2010

Through the end of May, this blog was run on BlogEngine.NET and hosted on a Small Business Server through a DSL connection with a maximum 768 kbps upload speed. On June 1, the converted site went live on WordPress at a Go Daddy shared Linux host. I thought that performance would be at least as good on more powerful software at a well-connected host. So I was a little surprised to see the Google crawler’s statistics:

The per-page time is significantly longer, though still well under two seconds per page.


Moving from BlogEngine.NET to WordPress

Mark Berry June 2, 2010

I’ve been hosting this blog on my own Windows server since 2007 using BlogEngine.NET. Although I’ve been fairly happy with BlogEngine, I wanted to move my web sites to a hosted solution. The new provider hosts on Linux, so BlogEngine isn’t an option. It didn’t take me long to discover WordPress, and I decided to give it a whirl.

I set up WordPress 2.9.2 and began testing the export/import of my posts. Wow, what a lot of work that turned out to be!


Welcome to the New MCB Systems Web Site!

Mark Berry June 1, 2010

MCB Systems is proud to welcome you to its new web site at The site features new information about our premier I.T. services, MCB Proactive Watch and MCB Proactive Care. There’s also a new Blog especially for San Diego computer users where I’ll post news, tips and tricks, safe computing practices, and more. The Tech Blog is aimed at my colleagues in the I.T. services business and offers insights on more advanced technical issues and their solutions.

The entire web site was created in WordPress. WordPress is one of the web’s most popular blogging platforms, but it also works great as a simple Content Management System (CMS). Contact MCB Systems if you’d like to talk about setting up your own site using WordPress.

Enjoy the new site!



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MCB Systems is a San Diego-based provider of software and information technology services.

Our software services include customization and programming to make software work for you.

Our proactive I.T. services help businesses control costs by providing a fixed monthly bill for routine I.T. services.

We take a consulting approach that listens first and provides solutions tailored to your business.

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