WordPress, Godaddy and forwarded domains

If you’re like me then you do a lot of WordPress work, creating databases, installing and/or customizing wordpress themes, plugins and a host of related duties. that being said, once in a while you run into the occasional “not-so-well-documented” installation problem….

The Scenario: you already have a WordPress blog up and running with a large number of posts made by a client. They decide they want a different domain name.. you do the most practical thing by forwarding the new domain to the old blog. problem solved right?

The Problem: your new domain name forwards to your old blog but the masking is all wrong. so you go to your site using www.newsiteexample.com and it works with correct domain listed in the address bar but once you click on a link to a specific post or page it shows your old domain.

The Solution: to do this right, you must have a deluxe hosting plan with Godaddy to properly forward a domain.. and just to be clear, its not technically forwarding as its typically understood to be. Godaddy calls this domain aliasing. and you must have this correct. the problem here may look like its related to a Godaddy setting somewhere but its not. the solution actually resides within WordPress.

be extra careful with the site address field, do you're homework before adjusting

once you install WordPress it remembers its location despite the updated domain alias. to fix this simply go to your WordPress settings under the general section and update the “site address (URL)” section to the new domain. be very very careful with this setting. you could be making more work for yourself if your problem is different then what I’ve described above. wordpress.org has the complete how to on this.. which in my case wasn’t applicable for reasons I’m not entirely clear about but presumably because my URL update was in response to my aliased domain.

Cant log out of google on iphone

The Problem: so you’ve noticed that when you try to log out of your google account through your iphone, nothing happens. no error message, nothing. restarting doesn’t help and neither does clearing your phones history.

The Solution: go to settings, then to swipe down to safari, and clear your history and cookies/data from here. this will fix your problem.

iphone safari settings screen

click "Clear Cookies and Data" to fix your log out problem

Additional Info: there’s some confusion when it comes to internet history so here’s a brief explanation of the terminology;

  1. cookies: files which are used by websites to determine things like whether you’re logged in or not and as who.
  2. history: list of visited pages (which are used to suggest website to visit when you’re typing on the navigation bar/web-address bar)
  3. files/data: this is used by your browser in case you’re loading a page from an earlier session to save time.

Sonic Focus Driver

The Problem: a pop up at startup notifies the user that “Sonic Focus drivers must be loaded for this application to work” and your audio may or may not be working. also noteworthy is that this issue seems to be caused by using windows update to update the audio driver, specifically; “IDT High Definition Audio Codec”. avoid/hide this one if you can.

A Sonic Focus dialog box telling you something you don't want to hear.

The Solution:

1. Go to your system drive, typically your “C” drive
2. Go to Program Files
3. Go to SigmaTel folder
4. You should see an Install Shield Wizard, install it.

Alternative Fix: not necessarily a fix but it will at least get rid of the annoying pop-up.

press Start -> Run, and type “msconfig” in the command box. this will open the System Configuration Utility window.

Click on the “Startup” tab

Find IntelAudioStudio in the Item list.

Clear the checkbox.

Additional Information: check out the intel forums on this exact issue.. it will cover much of what I’ve said here with some additional ideas.. but I can only vouch for what I’ve written here as being something that worked for me, enjoy.