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How to get emails from yourself using gmail and pop3

Google rocks in many ways – including gmail… but after moving a few of my clients to google hosted mail (client@clientsdomainname.com hosted using gmail servers), I ran into a snag.  Its not actually something I would have expected to ever hear… The actually call went like this:

Client: “I’m not getting all of my mail”

me: “Ok, what do you mean?”

Client: “I mean, not all of my mail is coming to my outlook”

me: “how do you know you are missing mail”

Client: “When I email myself, I don’t get the email – so I’m not getting all of my mail”

The first thing I did was log into the website and looked at the email online – and all of the emails the client sent to himself were there (I think there were over 10).  I can understand why the client came to the conclusion that email was missing, but it turns out it was only email from him to him.

Google has decided that you don’t actually want to get emails from yourself using pop3.  If you want email from yourself, either log into the website or use IMAP.  Well, my clients like Outlook, so the website is out, and IMAP puts their email in a new folder structure below the personal folders where they are used to getting it – not to mention the how the folder structure works with the label system gmail:  my clients just don’t like it.  So, it has to be pop and it has to be outlook – and it has to work, including emails to themselves.  I was surprised at how many of my clients called with the same issue.  I thought “Wow, these guys like to talk to themselves alot”…

Anyway… the answer is simple: when setting up outlook, you have to use “Recent Mode”.  Your next question, how do I do that?  Simple, but not intuitive – put “recent:” infront of your email address when you setup outlook.  ***Warning*** if you may end up with duplicate email from the last 30 days of email when you make this change – but if you want email from you to you using pop and gmail – you don’t have a choice.

So, your email address in the outlook email account setting page should look like this:

recentemail

How to reset your GoDaddy VDED Simple Control Panel Password

After purchasing the GoDaddy virtual dedicated server (VDED) with the simple control panel, I got locked out of the simple control panel.  I could still SSH and FTP, but the simple control panel is a different login and mine wasn’t working.  I had to call support to get the solution – its a simple one and I’m not sure why they don’t just put it in the help center posts but I couldn’t find it there so I put it here… Hope this helps someone from waiting on the phone with support for 30 mins in the middle of the night like I did… Just run the following command from an SSH connection:

/usr/share/turbopanel/scripts/adminpasswd.pl

Creating HyperLinks in WordPress

This is a brief tutorial regarding how to create a hyperlink in your WordPress Post or Page. First we’ll talk about creating links to other sites – then we’ll talk about creating links to other area’s of your site.

Highlight the text you want to link:

MyLink –> highlightmylink

Click on the linkicon in the editor bar:

wp_toolbar

You will get a popup window asking for the information regarding where you want to link to:

Insert Link Popup

If you are linking to a page outside of your website – you should put the whole link including the http:// prefix. I also recommend you change the Target from “Open link in the same window” to “Open link in a new window”. This way, your visitors don’t leave your site when they click the link.

Relational Links:

If you are linking to another page on your site, you should only need to include the ‘rest of the link’ after your wordpress root. Why? There are technical reasons like less work on your visitor’s browser and less work on the server where your site is hosted, but here is the one I find to be the most of a hassle: if you ever move your site, relational links will continue to work – full links to your site will reflect the old path and will no longer work. For instance – let’s say, today you have wordpress installed in a subfolder – http://yoursite.com/myblog but you find you want to move it up to the root: http://yoursite.com.

If you link to your about us page in a post using the full link – http://yoursite.com/about, when you move your site it will no longer work because the new path to your about us page is now http://yoursite.com/blog/about. To address that issue, you could update every link in your site, OR use relational links. Instead of linking to http://yoursite.com/about – you would like to /about. Now the link is in relation to where your site is – so when you move – it knows where to find the about us page.

You may be thinking, “but I’m never going to move my site…” — and you may not, but I’ve fixed many sites for site owners that had the same thought but found that they did need to move the site for whatever reason.

Now that you are convinced that relational links are the way to go – here’s how to create one:

If I want to link to my about page I would highlight the text –

highlightmylink

Click the link icon – and put the Link URL without the http:// prefix or your wordpress root site:

AboutUs Link

In this case – you want the Target to “Open link in the same window” because you aren’t sending visitors to another website – just another great page on your site!