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Symbiostock - General / Symbiostock Forum?
« on: May 04, 2015, 08:57 »
What happened to the Symbiostock forums?

None of the links on work. and don't seem to exist anymore.

I thought that the following article on the photography business was very well done:

Symbiostock - General / Forums Are Back
« on: February 26, 2014, 06:41 »
FYI: I just went to the forums (@ and found that they are open (and available for new posts / replies).

Leo: Thanks for opening the forums back up.  I think that is a great move for the community as a whole.  Blessings.

Symbiostock - Technical Support / How to Backup Your MySQL Database
« on: September 04, 2013, 09:01 »
Since there seem to be a lot of questions about backups, I thought that I would provide a short UNIX shell script for creating a backup of your MySQL database.

Here is the script (please note that you will have to modify the areas marked with <> to match your configuration - most of the information can be found in your wp-admin.php file):

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# NOTE: Need to make this file executable (chmod 740 in UNIX

HOST="<your web hostname>"
DB="<your MySQL database name>"
USR="your MySQL db admin user name"
PWD="your MySQL db admin password"
# RETAINDAYS is how many days you want to keep the backups

DUMPPATH="<the directory name where you want to put the backups>"
DBFILE="$DUMPPATH/$DB-`date +%Y-%m-%d-%H-%M`.sql"
if [ "$HOST" = "" ]; then
mysqldump $HOPT --user=$USR --password=$PWD --single-transaction $DB > $DBFILE
echo "$DBFILE dumped"

# The following line removes DB dump files that are older than RETAINDAYS
find $DUMPPATH -name "*.sql" -mtime +$RETAINDAYS -execdir rm {} + ;

Place the script above inside a file called (or whatever else you want to call it, just make sure it ends in .sh) and upload it to your host.  I would recommend creating a directory under your web root (mine is called html, but I've seen it called public_html on other hosts).

You will need to change the permissions of the file (from an application such as PuTTY) so that it can be executed using the following command at the prompt:
   chmod 740 (if you used a different file name then that will need to be used instead)

You can also change the file permissions if you use FileZilla by right-clicking on the file and choosing "File Permissions..." and then enter 740 in the text box at the bottom.

You can now manually execute the file (from an application such as PuTTY) by typing the following command at the prompt:

If you want, you can also schedule the database dump on a regular basis via the cron (a UNIX job scheduler) that you should have available from your host.

Tip: Try to run all of your backups at the same time, so that there is consistency between all of the data.

I just saw that a customer searched for "image 505" on Google and then clicked on the link to go to my website.

So I did a Google web search for "image 505" and found that there was a link to my website at the bottom of the first page that brought me to:

I checked and this is indeed "image 505".

I'm wondering: Was the user searching for something completely different and they then clicked on the link to my website with the hope of finding what they were looking for?  Or did they somehow know the image # on my website and then try to find it via Google?  If the latter, how did they know the image number to search for?


I may be way off base, (since I am a novice at Symbiostock, WordPress, and PHP), but this looks a little bit unusual.

public function list_raster_sizes has a call to apply_filters('list_raster_sizes', $data)

public function list_eps has a call to apply_filters('list_eps', $row)


public function list_zip has a call to apply_filters('list_eps', $row)

Shouldn't it call apply_filters('list_zip', $row)

Forgive me if this is the way it should be.  It just looks a bit odd to me.

I have been in the IT industry for a few decades and thought that I would share some tips on how to administer a Production website properly.  Hopefully some of you will find this useful:

Many Symbiostock artists have never had a website before and therefore don't understand any of the standards associated with the IT industry.

Your Symbiostock site is an e-commerce site.  It's sole purpose (for the majority of artists), is to sell your artwork.

Your Symbiostock site should also be what is referred to as a "Production" website.  You should never be developing or testing on your Production website.  You should setup another website for development and testing.

Your Symbiostock website should be up and running 99.999% of the time.  This is commonly referred to as the "five nines":

FYI: If you are up for 99.999% of the time, then you will only be down for a little over 5 minutes per year! 

If your website is down when a customer comes to it for the first time, they might never return again.  If a customer is returning to your website while it is down, they might never come back again.  Either way, that could end up in lost sales.  This is not something that you want to happen.

Here are some "tips":

   - Backup your website often.  If your website crashes, you can't recover unless you have a backup.  How often you backup your website is a decision that you need to make, but once a day is a good starting point.
   - Backup your website during "off-hours".  "Off-hours" is a term used to denote a time when there is very little traffic on your website.  You don't want to be running a backup while customers are using it, because it might slow down your website (since it is using resources to do the backups) and the customer might get annoyed and leave.  You also want to do a backup when traffic is slowest so that the data in your backups will be "consistent" (see here:   Evenings and weekends are usually the slowest time for most websites, but you need to figure out what is the slowest time for your website and then schedule backups during that timeframe.  Remember that a website can be accessed from all around the world, not just the country where you reside.
   - Backup your website before you make ANY changes.  The last thing you want is to make a change and then receive the "white screen of death".  If your website goes down and it takes you hours (or days) to bring it back up, that will most likely lead to lost sales and annoyed customers.
   - Keep as many backups as you can for as long as you can.  You never know when you will need to recover from a backup that was from a week or two ago.  Sometimes updates look like they go well at first, but then you find a serious issue a week or more later.  Remember, you can't recover if you don't have the appropriate backup.

Maintenance (also commonly referred to as "Change Control")
   - Maintenance includes any sort of change to your website, including adding, modifying, and deleting plugins, widgets, themes, etc.
   - All maintenance should be fully tested on a non-Production website.  You don't want to use your Production website for testing purposes.
   - Maintenance should only be delivered during off-hours.  Once again, you don't want to make a change to your website and then have it go down for hours during your time of highest traffic.
   - All maintenance deliveries should have a "rollback plan".  A "rollback plan" is a way to reverse the changes that you made, just in case things don't go as planned.
   - Try to withhold doing updates right after they come out.  This is called being on the "bleeding edge" (and there is a reason for the terminology).  Wait at least a few days or even a week or two before applying an update.  This will give the developers a chance to find any bugs that they couldn't find in their testing phase.

Please note that this isn't an all-inclusive list, but rather just a starting point.

Hopefully others that have been in the industry will chime in and add some "tips" as well.

Now that Symbiostock has crossed the 100,000 image barrier, what is your guess to how many total Symbiostock images there will be (as displayed on by the end of the year (12/31/2013 11:59 PM GMT)?

My guess is 250,000.

Has anyone updated the Related Posts by Taxonomy plugin to version 0.2?

If so, any feedback?

When someone is NOT logged in and they hit the Login / Register link at the top-right menu, it will popup a new window.

Does anyone know how to stop the popup from appearing and instead have it go to the full screen please-log-in URL?

I don't really like the popup because it shows the login for registered users at the top and for screens with smaller resolutions you don't see the registration area.  Some customers might not see the registration area below and might not know that they can scroll down to it.

I would rather have the login / registration appear on a full screen (like all of the other pages).  This way the customer is more likely to see the registration area.

If you go to:

http://<your website>/please-log-in/

and then click on "Login / Register" in the top-right menu, you will see that the popup window doesn't look right.

I know that the series of steps don't make sense, but I don't think that it should work that way.

I have spent hours on this and can't find a solution.

If you take a look at my homepage (, you will see that the thumbnails are currently aligned vertically towards the top.  In other words, the top of each image is aligned along a line.

I would like to have the thumbnails on my home page align vertically towards the bottom.  In other words, the bottom of each image should align along a line.

Is there any way to do this in CSS?

First off, I would like to say "Thank You!" to Leo, and everyone else that helped make this project come to life, for their very hard work in making the Symbiostock theme, and for the generosity in making it an open-source project.  This project has given me back the passion that I used to have for creating images (which I lost over the years as the major stock sites have short-changed us time and time again).

I have been working on creating a new Symbiostock website for the last few weeks.  It isn't finished yet (will it ever be?), but I think that it is ready to open up to others.  I don't have all of my images up yet, but I thought that there were enough images for someone to get the look and feel of the website.

I was hoping that some of you could take a look at the website and give me some constructive criticism and feedback.  After you look at something day after day, you can overlook some things that should be relatively apparent.  I am hoping that a fresh set of eyes will be able to see things that I have overlooked.

In addition, I have made a few modifications to the code and would like to get your opinions on them.  Here are some of the changes that I have made:

- I have added text above each image thumbnail to show whether it is exclusive.  See here for an example:

- I have added a section below each watermarked image (called "Notes Regarding This Image") that includes text about licensing and watermarks.  See here for an example:

- I have removed all references to "Royalty Free" from the website.  I never liked that term and think that it is very confusing to customers.

- Since I wanted to make this a pure stock image sales site, I removed all references to blogs and comments.

- I changed the number of images displayed for most of the widgets and search results.  For example, I felt that displaying 24 images for a search result was too little, so I increased it to 48 images.  You can see that here:

- I changed the default image sizes, since I felt that I wanted to be in line with what most of the major competition is doing.  I would eventually like to make this customer-definable.

Please let me know what you think.  I would greatly appreciate any and all constructive feedback that you might have.

Finally, I was hoping that a few of you would be so kind as to add my website to your network.  I would be extremely honored.

In Google Webmaster Tools, under the Crawl -> Sitemaps menu (on the left-hand side), it shows that I have submitted 1000 items from the image-tags-sitemap (which contains the image keywords), but only 105 have been indexed.  Is there any way to take a look at the 105 items that have been indexed to figure why they were indexed and why the other 895 weren't?

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