All posts by Paul

CERT Coordinator, Ham Radio Operator, GTD Fan; Photographer; Domino/Notes Administrator

Installing a Social Media Portal

20150612 Just noticed that I must have installed bbpress already on my web-site. In this case, I will be working on adding BuddyPress as well. Not sure if that changes anything.

20150610 Having challenges figuring out which is which and how to install, etc. I found this overview site, which I’ll read in detail —

20150610 I want the forum part (bbpress) and the social group part (buddypress) so I’ll be installing both. I’ve learned that it’s best to install buddypress first and then bbpress within the add plugin section. Here’s some XREF material — Recommend that you install BuddyPress first. That way, after you install bbPress plugin via Plugins > Add New, you can activate BP group forums (if you want) in Settings > Forums .

20150610 I need to do some reading to understand difference between and Maybe it’s because of the relative scope of the app or something.

20150610 Reviewing this site for an overview of what’s needed —

20150610 I looked at BuddyPress a while back and didn’t do much with it. Now I’m planning on installing it and customizing it — replacing the idea of a blog on my web-site. Next step is: downloading the files from

Python – what it is and learning about

Appears that this is a good language to learn.

Edgewall uses it as the underlying language that supports Trac.

I believe 1and1 hosts it.
-That’s right — it does. May not be most recent version, though.

XREF to this article which discusses installing on 1and1:

Trac Installation Project (Action Support)

Desired Outcome
Installation of Trac within my 1and1 Unlimited Account, to keep track of all web-based development projects

20150528 Trying to understand the command line for the Trac installation:

python install –prefix=$HOME/bin/python

I can understand how to get into the installer directory, but not understanding the –prefix part. Also, getting an error re: SystemTools

Q: What are the parts that make up the command line?

Understanding requirements and components needed for installation

-Making an SSH connection into
20150509 is the account I would need to use as it has capability for SSH connections. I followed this instruction set and it worked — I just needed to find the original username and password, which is the same as the original ftp address on the account.

-Installing the system

Following instructions from:
Note: The latest version for Trac is Trac-1.0.5.tar.gz

mkdir install_trac_files (Make a directory)
cd install_trac_files (Go into directory)
wget (Get the install files)
tar xzvf Trac-1.0.5.tar.gz (Unpack)
cd Trac-1.0.5 (Go into Directory)
python install –prefix=$HOME/bin/python (Setup Python — I think…)

Error after the python statement
Traceback (most recent call last):
File “”, line 17, in
from setuptools import setup, find_packages
ImportError: No module named setuptools

This is a web-site that assists with Python install —

This site talks about installing Python on 1and1 —

Note: I’m thinking that I need to install Python before running the commands from Chris Jackson

This is info from 1and1 re: Python —

-Configuring the system

Integrating system with other systems, eg wiki

Closing out the project


Ahh… the wonderful world of the web, where you have a random thought like — “I wonder if there is a way of somehow keeping track of all the web-based projects I have (web-site; blog; forums; wikis; surveys, etc…) and be able to manage my relative knowledge and learning of all that.

I went to the site and searched how WordPress manages the open source development.

Looks like they use Trac, which is described as — Trac is an enhanced wiki and issue tracking system for software development projects.

I suppose I am a Software Developer of sorts…

I went to this site for info and downloads —

Looks like there is a formatting tool within Trac that talks to your wiki (in my case,

Note: This could get interesting, as I believe that my (1and1 unlimited) account is a better platform for installing Trac. I think I have SSH access on that account for lower-level work. I found this web-site which appears to have been successful in this —

Note: I’m going to go slowly with this Trac project, as it could end up being a time-suck. Looks like there is a lot to learn in just getting a web-based project management tool up and running. Here is Trac’s installation guide —

I think first step is to contact 1and1 directly and ask them if they have the minimum requirements within their infrastructure for this.