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This Worked

Yesterday I could not believe what I did.

I created a new WordPress site for my self, for my freelancing business. After pretending I was an agency (an agency of one hah!) I have finally woken up. I am a freelancer and that how I sell myself now. I quickly changed my LinkedIn profile and bought some domains. And now I put this site up on my hosting.

This site was originally developed on my laptop and transferred to my hosting. This is how I did it, which doesn’t mean that it works for everyone.

I zipped up all the files and loaded and unzipped the files to the folder for the domain on my hosting. then I created a export file for the mySQL database. I had to modify it slightly to remove the CREATE DATABASE line at the top and put a USING <dbname>.

I entered my cpanel on my hosting and created the database and user. Then input these credentials and database name into the wp-config.php file.

Upload the databse using the phpmysqladmin tool. Then edit the table <prefix>options and change the siteurl and home elements (filter on the option_name column) to match the url to wordpress site.

And it worked!…well almost. The URL rewriting didn’t work. But this can be ‘kicked’ by going to the permalinks settings and clicking save.

Then, by god, it worked. And you are now reading this blog.

Lets not pressure higher ed too much guys

Yesterday I have the pleasure of attending a workshop on getting business and education together on providing the right skills to business.

This was an excellent day and I met a lot of people and learned a lot. A few key points came out of this:

  • There needs to be identification of those students that want to either be an entrepreneur, employees or academics. There needs to be separate tracks for these, two at minimum.
  • Work placements need to be longer. I suggested something along the lines of  the co-op program where students are on work placement (paid) for six months at a time, interleaved with course work.
  • Lecturers should also take work placements. This gets them out of the “Ivory Towers” to see how things are really done
  • Students need to be given advice on aptitude, communication and attitude. Strong communication – particularly face to face and working with others is extremely important. These skills seem to be in decline or were never taught in the first place. Computer Science programmes rarely teach documentation and communication skills. They should, these are essential to work in any environment.

I was bemused to hear of one local employer that was complaining that they could not find people with a specific skill set. He complained that this was due to cost. Universities were teaching using freely available technologies like Java whereas he uses more expensive Microsoft technologies. This really takes the disconnect to the extreme

I have always been passionate that universities cannot cater for every business need. If they teach fundamental skills these are easily transferable to any technology. Being an experienced programmer myself I know that I can easily learn another computer technology in days. This is simply a case where an employer is shirking their training responsibilities.

As I say to any employer, if you want specific skills from universities, then put your money where your mouth is and fund them! They might just prove more useful to your business, and the student, then your Ferrari.