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Gruffys Free Domain Parking Script

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Gruffy’s Domain Parking Script is a simple and FREE script I created for domain names I have purchased with the intention of selling at a later date. Rather than have the name lying dormant, you can put it to work for you by making it advertise itself, as well as by displaying Google Ads which can make you money. This script can also be easily modified to suit regular parked domains.

Gruffy’s Domain Parking Script is made available here FREE of charge, I offer no warranties, support, and accept no responsibility for consequences of its use (unless you make heaps of money and want to give some of it to me). By downloading and using Gruffy’s Domain Parking Script you are confirming that you understand these conditions and acknowledge you are using it AT YOUR OWN RISK!

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Detailed usage instructions can be found HERE.



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Posted by Greg - February 17, 2013 at 9:34 pm

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Easiest and Best way to copy and run a live published WordPress blog web site on your local MAC computer for testing and development

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PART 1 – Setting up MAMP (Experts Shortcut – Install MAMP and proceed to step 2)

If you have a WordPress Blog or Web Site, it can be VERY handy sometimes to be able to take your live published site and copy onto your local computer. This enables you to play with, set up and assess plugins, try out new themes and layouts, and generally mess with your site without affecting your real live site.

To get started you need to create an environment that will allow your site to function on your computer. The two main ingredients to a WordPress installation are PHP (web language) and SQL (Database). To get these two engines running on your computer you need to download some free software that installs them as part of a server. MAMP (Macintosh + Apache + MySQL + PHP) is excellant for this. It is available free from HERE. The free version and the paid version are bundled together, but for our purpose here, the free version will be fine, so lets go ahead and install that. Once you have downloaded MAMP, Unzip the zip file and run the installer package.


Click continue.

MAMP-INSTALL-2Click Continue.

MAMP-INSTALL-3If you agree, click continue.

MAMP-INSTALL-4Confirm you Agree……click continue……And once you arrive at the screen below, we will tell the installer not to worry about MAMP PRO, and to just install MAMP Free. (If you want to try MAMP PRO free for 14 days, skip the following 2 steps).


Click the “Customize” button in the left.

MAMP-INSTALL-6Uncheck the “MAMP PRO” option.

MAMP-INSTALL-7Type your password to allow the installer to run.

MAMP-INSTALL-8Once the installer has finished, click “Close” in the lower right hand corner. You can now open a new finder window, and in your Applications folder you will see a new folder called “MAMP”.

MAMP-INSTALL-9Double click the “MAMP” application to start it up.


Now click the “Start Servers” button.

Mamp-11Once you have green lights, click “Open Start Page’. this will open your browser to a page that will tell you if all your services (IE PHP and SQL) are up and running on your machine.


WOOHOO! We’re ready to start copying our web site!


Its now time to copy over the files from the site we want to clone. To get started, log into that site, For this tutorial, I am going to use my Photography and Design site Gruffpuppy as an example. Once logged in, click “Plugins” and select “Add New”

1In the search field type “Duplicator”.

2Once Duplicator is found, Install and then Activate the plugin.

3When activated a new item will appear in the Column Menu on the left side called “Duplicator”. Click it, and you will be brought to the main screen of the plugin. To begin downloading a copy of your live site, the Duplicator asks you to name the back up package. You can change the default name, but in my experience the default auto generated name that is already in there seems to work without error. If you are happy with the name, click the “Create” button, the first in the top right row.


You will now be asked to confirm, and Duplicator will start compressing your entire site into a zip file, ready for download. This can take a while, so now is a good time to stretch your legs and get a drink. Once it has finished compressing, the screen will update automatically with your available downloads.


You will need to download both files (Installer and Package) to your desktop. If you have a large site, the package file can take some time to download. Once your files are downloaded, there’s one more small task.

permalinks-2Select “Settings” from the column menu on the left and then “Permalinks”.

permalinks-1Although no action need be taken, It is important to take note of the setting. As you can see, mine is set to “Day and Name”, but yours could be different. We need to know this setting when we recreate and activate the copy/clone of our site later. Once you have written down or memorized your permalinks setting, you can log out of your site.


The next step is to set up a blank SQL database on your computer. With MAMP running, click the “Open Start Page” button again, and click “phpMyAdmin” from the top menu of the page that opens.

php1Now, click “Databases”.

php2In the create databases field, type a name for the new database. It can be whatever you want, but it is important that you write it down, as we will need to use the name later. Im calling mine “gruffpuppy”, one word, all in lower case. Then click the “Create”. Once this is done, close out of the web browser window. There is no need to create “Users” for the database as we will use the root/default user account, which is automatically created for every database.


With MAMP still running, and your server active (Green Lights) , its time to move the files “Duplicator” created to your local server directory.


Open a new finder window, and go to “Applications”, open the “MAMP” folder, and then open “htdocs”.

duplicate-wordpress-website-4Drop the zip folder and the “installer.php” file Duplicator created in and close the finder window.

duplicate-wordpress-website-6Open up your favorite web browser (For this tutorial I will be using Firefox, as there’s a little bug I want to show you, that doesn’t seem to appear in Safari) and in the address bar type “localhost:8888” and you will see a directory listing of your “htdocs” folder.

duplicate-wordpress-website-7Double click the “installer.php” file and the Duplicator installer will open. YAY! This means your server is all working great, and you are viewing your first web page on your local server. Now it’s time to set up the database connection. In the MySQL Server area, leave “Host” set to localhost. in “User” type “root”, as we will be connecting using the automatically created user profile I mentioned earlier. In “Password” type the word “root” again, and for “Database Name” you need to type the name you specified earlier in phpMyAdmin. I used “gruffpuppy” so that’s what I am typing here. When your done, press “Test Connection”.


As you can see, my connection is good and I am ready to move on to the next step. If you receive an error here, you need to go back and check your credentials. It’s usually a typo of your credentials or database name. Once you have a successful connection click the “Close” button.

duplicate-wordpress-website-9Check the warning box and click “Run Deployment”.

duplicate-wordpress-website-10Another warning will pop up, which is irrelevant to this project, so go ahead and click “OK”.

duplicate-wordpress-website-11Duplicator will now start building the copy of your WordPress Web Site. This can take a while so be patient.

duplicate-wordpress-website-12Once installation has finished, you are given an opportunity to change some parameters. Unless you have some special circumstances outside of the scope of this tutorial, your fine to accept the default settings. Click “Update Tables”

duplicate-wordpress-website-13The next screen means the duplication of your site is now complete, and there’s just a little bit of house keeping to be done before you can use your site.


At this point, I recommend closing all open windows of your web browser and opening one new window with your default homepage showing, and then clear your browser history, cache and cookies etc. More often than not in Firefox the next step will yield an error in the process and you will not be able to continue. It looks to me like something that is kept in your browsers memory blocks the CSS (cascading Style Sheets) from loading and your site looks like this:


If you are using Firefox, Select “Tools” from the menu bar and then “Clear Recent History” gets you going, and in Safari, Click “Safari” and then “Reset Safari” to bring up the browser cleaning options. Once you are all cleaned up, type “localhost:8888/wp-admin” in your web browsers address bar and VOILA!

duplicate-wordpress-website-14Log in to your site with your regular username and password.

duplicate-wordpress-website-16From the menu column on the left select “Settings” and then “Permalinks”.


Referring back to the note we made in step 2, make sure the appropriate setting is selected (mine was Day and Name) and press “Save Changes”. Even if your setting is already selected, it is still important to press the “Save Changes” buttons so the option is written to the database.

duplicate-wordpress-website-18Your site is now completely cloned/copied to your local machine and you can mess with it until the cows come home without affecting your live site in any way.


The last step is to delete your install files from your “htdocs” folder.

duplicate-wordpress-website-15Locate the “installer-data.sql”, “installer-log.txt” and “installer.php” files, move them to the trash and give yourself a pat on the back! YOU DID IT!


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Posted by Greg - February 13, 2013 at 10:30 am

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