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Elementor Pro & Essential Add-ons Pro: installation order

There are two ways to install Elementor Pro.  Both seem to work, but one of the methods will cause a fatal error that will take down the front and backend of your WordPress installation when you install the Essential Addons plugin. Learn how to avoid the problem

Accessibility and SEO: the need for Alt Text

Adding images to web pages makes them easier to read by breaking up text and illustrating a point without the need to use a thousand words.  However, unless you provide an adequate description of the image, your visual aid will be no help to people with visual impairment.  The paradox …

CDs+Synology+bliss+Sonos = Absolute Bliss

Call me a dinosaur but I don't have a Spotify account and haven't signed up for  Amazon Unlimited Music either. I dislike MP3, and the few services that stream in high quality, such as quboz are very expensive - £200/year at time of writing. When I was born 78 rpm shellac …

CDs+Synology+bliss+Sonos = Absolute Bliss

Call me a dinosaur but I don't have a Spotify account and haven't signed up for  Amazon Unlimited Music either. I dislike MP3, and the few services that stream in high quality, such as quboz are very expensive - £200/year at time of writing. When I was born 78 rpm shellac …

How to Read the Synology Messages Log

The other day my DS 916+ did a spontaneous reboot.  There was no obvious reason why it did that, so I trawled the system looking for a reason.  Neven Ćurić from the Synology Admins & Users Facebook group suggested looking in the message log files to see if there were …

The Unlearnable Spell Checker

Synology Office's spell checker access sucks.    Every time I use it I do the wrong thing.    I've done the wrong thing hundreds of times and yet I continue to do the wrong thing.    Sometimes my internal "dumb-ass" alert kicks in while I'm in the process of doing the wrong thing but by then …

Moments 1.2.0-0638 for the Photo Enthusiast

Moments - one of two photo management apps from Synology - was released in Q4 2017, as a companion app to Synology Drive, as part of Synology's attempt to provide their private cloud users with capabilities to match their mighty public cloud rivals, Google and Microsoft. They have made a good …

Accessing Synology Photo Station Library from Moments

The release notes for Moments 1.2.0-0638 state: "Supports Shared Photo Library, allowing admins and authorized users to collaboratively edit the photos and albums in there." But how you do that is not obvious. Here's what you do...

Migrate a WordPress Site to a Synology NAS

This guide describes the process for migrating a WordPress site from a hosted environment to a Synology DiskStation, using a WordPress.org version of WordPress instead of the Synology Package version.  If, like me, you need to run multiple instances of WordPress for different purposes, this process can be used to support …

Replicate Hosted WordPress/TNG Site to a Synology NAS

This article describes the process for replicating a WordPress / TNG installation on  a hosted environment to a Synology DiskStation.  It was created to support setting up a longstop service, in case the hosted environment should fail. In this example the WordPress and TNG data is sourced from a hosted service …

Using a Synology NAS Drive to provide a TNG Photo Gallery

TNG is a fantastic genealogy program.  It wins awards for a reason. And it has some cool capabilities for displaying media related to people, families and events.  Sometimes though, users look for alternative ways of displaying photos. In my case I opted to use the photo library capabilities of my …

Synology MailPlus Server – End-to-End Solution

Like all things in life, it's easy when you know how and difficult when you don't. This is never more true than in the case of email systems.  In a previous article we looked at installing MailPlus Server with a 3rd Party Relay Agent to do the heavy lifting.  In …

Getting Started with Synology MailPlus Server

Home Synology users will find that many of the packaged applications they use are end-user oriented and just work, out of the box.  Office, Drive, Moments, Note Station, Photo Station, Audio Station, and the mobile apps -  they "install and go."  Email is more complicated  because of authentication, and the …

Synology RT2600ac Router Enhancement Ideas

Introduction This document is my list of all the enhancements I would love to see made to the Synology RT2600ac router and it's Synology Router Management Software.  This is based on a blog post I wrote about my installation process but I thought it would be a good idea to separate …

Synology RT2600ac Router – An Installation Experience

Introduction I've just installed a new router.  Actually, I've had to install TWO new routers, and thereby hangs a tale.   My Netgear R6300ac router had to go.  It's seen 5 years of steady, reliable use and the WiFi signal blasts its way through the house.  I didn't even have to add a …

Using a Synology NAS Drive to provide a TNG Photo Gallery

TNG is a fantastic genealogy program.  It wins awards for a reason. And it has some cool capabilities for displaying media related to people, families and events.  Sometimes though, users look for alternative ways of displaying photos. In my case …

Converting PDF Files to Image Files (FTM Users)

Introduction A frequently asked question on genealogy sites is "What's the best format to use for images and documents?" to which the answer is usually PNG (or JPEG) for images and single page documents, but PDF for multipage documents. However, some people …

Elementor Pro & Essential Add-ons Pro: installation order

There are two ways to install Elementor Pro.  Both seem to work, but one of the methods will cause a fatal error that will take down the front and backend of your WordPress installation when you install the Essential Addons …

Accessibility and SEO: the need for Alt Text

Adding images to web pages makes them easier to read by breaking up text and illustrating a point without the need to use a thousand words.  However, unless you provide an adequate description of the image, your visual aid will …

Gutenberg Editor: The perils of ignoring users

Software designers are faced with at least two dilemmas. Do we: Stick with what works or be different? Listen to what users need or decide for them?  And there is a classic software designer's trap - designing for themselves instead of the …

Migrate a WordPress Site to a Synology NAS

This guide describes the process for migrating a WordPress site from a hosted environment to a Synology DiskStation, using a WordPress.org version of WordPress instead of the Synology Package version.  If, like me, you need to run multiple instances of WordPress …

GDPR and Genealogy: The living and the dead

Unless you've been on a trip to Mars it can't have escaped your attention that the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018. A family tree is an unlikely place for GDPR issues to …