How to restore access to WordPress on home network

Recently we switched ISPs at home. I set up port forwarding on the new modem, told dotster what public IP I was then using, and that was it. Everything worked. That is, everything except my own laptop. Pinging the URL timed out consistently. The local IP worked fine so I could access my website locally but most of the WordPress theme components used the fully qualified domain name. The blog, without theme components was so difficult to navigate it was less of a hassle to actually go to my neighbors’ to work on my page.

I tried searching for fixes but was unsuccessful. Well, as usually is the case, looking at it again fresh today did the trick. I found these directions at boutell.com to simply update the hosts file on my laptop. It is fascinating how similar Windows and Linux are for these components. I never knew windows has an etc directory.

There is a risk I will need to manually disable the alpinedaisy.com line in my hosts file if I try to access the page from this laptop while on another network. That is worth it though.

Boutell did a fantastic job of explaining how and why the original problem occurred so I will just summarize what i changed. In the file C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts I added the line:

192.168.1.150    alpinedaisy.com   # raspberry pi

Where 192.168.1.150 is my local network ip address. Then I restarted. That was it. Now my computer knows that whenever a call for alpinedaisy.com comes up it will instead call 192.168.1.150 and stay on the local network.

Success!

Which bootable media creator to use in which case

Boot-able media manipulation has taken me a while to wrap my brain around. Here are the tools I find that work best for each task, outlined for your (and my) aid.

To put ISO on a CD/DVD use: ImgBurn
To put IMG On a CD/DVD use: ImgBurn

To put ISO on a Flash/USB/MicroSD: Rufus or Win32 Disk Imager
To put IMG on a Flash/USB/MicroSD: Win32 Disk Imager or Rufus

To take IMG off of CD/DVD Media use: ImgBurn

Here are the tools:

Win32 Disk Imager: This is a free, easy to use, program. It is designed to make img application a one button process. It also applies iso images but it is not my preferred program for those (see Rufus below).

Rufus: Open source program that lets me have more control over device settings. The most helpful choice is the partition scheme. I often want to force UEFI booting so I choose one of the options that is for UEFI only. It also comes ready loaded to create FreeDOS media. The final nice feature is what I will call “smart Unix media creation”. It has caught a few errors on my Unix distro media and fixed the errors on the fly.

ImgBurn: Free program to turn a DVD or CD into an img or iso, and visa-versa. Be sure to do a File-Hash check on the downloaded executable before running.

I hope this helps you.