Something that I’d like to address – the content updating. While other companies, individuals and websites will push daily content it’s not something I’m keen on. Why? There are hundreds – thousands – millions of resources available online. Many times you’d go to sites like “HowToGeek” or “LifeHacker” and find similar articles – either with the exact same method or different methods to accomplish the same task. I’m just one guy and at times I will find information that is either not available anywhere else online, or very hard to find. This is the information that I push – quality over quantity. When things change then I may get into the race of trying to push content before other sites do, but for the time being the focus is getting information out there that will be helpful to all persons that visit my site. That’s all for now – see you in the next update! And hopefully it won’t take over a year……
Monthly Archives: October 2018
Setup Invoice Ninja on HostGator (Shared)
This document is created to help persons setting up InvoiceNinja on HostGator Shared Hosting accounts. While the instructions may be specific to HostGator the principles may apply to other hosts.
- HostGator account or other hosting account / website.
- FTP access to site.
- SQL database and user creation.
- PHP 7.0 or higher.
- InvoiceNinja 4.5.5 (as of this writing) – extracted ZIP.
- FTP client.
I’m doing this entirely voluntarily. If you mess something up I will not be held responsible. This is to help persons with HostGator Shared Hosting accounts – if you’re hosted elsewhere then the principles may apply but the steps may be different.
Please be aware that during tests it was found that uploading and extracting the ZIP from the host file manager failed. There seems to be a permissions issue which is why the longer route of uploading the extracted files was taken.
All thanks go out to the following users:
I had lots of trouble during the initial testing and setting up. These users provided suggestions and assistance through the entire process to get things going.
If you’re familiar with setting up some of these things you may perform the steps in any order. I will be going through in exactly the same way that I managed to get things working. You may follow if you like or read first then pick your order.
First – get to your cPanel for HostGator and log in. We want to create an SQL database and user using the wizard. Once you’ve logged in locate the wizard from the available options.
Once you’ve located the wizard setup the database with whatever name and password you like. You may use the password generator available when you get to that step, but ensure that you save the information in a safe place.
Once you’ve created the database and user you will next need to add the user to the database. This is all done automatically through the wizard – you want to ensure that the newly created user has all privileges.
Once this is done you want to connect to your FTP for the website and create the folder you’d like to use. This means if you want to use www.mysite.com/invoice then you’ll log on with the FTP client and create a folder in /public_html/ called invoice. If you’re going to use a sub-domain then you will need to remember this path as well. For this I called mine ninjatest and all screenshots will reflect that. Change it to whatever you’d like yours to be. So my path is /public_html/ninjatest just to be clear.
Next you want to copy (drag and drop) all the extracted files to the FTP. Please note that this will take an extended time. Initially I tried to upload the ZIP (took about 2-3 minutes) and then use the HostGator file manager to extract and manage the files. Each time I did this it didn’t work. Suggestions from the persons that provided help said there were file permission errors which were happening as a result of using the HostGator file manager to do the extraction. While transfer via FTP took far longer (3-4 hours) it is the more reliable option. If you opt to use the HostGator file manager – or if you have another host and want to try that – you may go right ahead. It may work, it may not. If you have any errors then use the longer FTP transfer route. Once completed you want to setup a subdomain if you’re taking that route.
Ensure that your subdomain points to the /public folder within the path that you had uploaded InvoiceNinja to. Once completed you should see a confirmation.
You should also see this subdomain populated in a list thereafter if you check.
The next step is to ensure that PHP7 (or higher) is used in the /public folder for InvoiceNinja. To do this, go back to the main cPanel and locate the PHP SELECTOR.
Once it’s up, navigate to the /public_html/ninja/public path or wherever you had it saved.
Once you’re there, change the PHP version using the drop-down list to 7.0 or higher. For this I chose PHP EDGE (7.1) and then clicked UPDATE.
Once it’s completed you’ll get a confirmation.
At this point you should be able to access InvoiceNinja from one of two URLs:
Once it loads you can then complete the setup by filling in the fields. Please note that you may need to setup an email account for the invoice system.
And that’s it – you’re done! Have fun using InvoiceNinja!
A Few Notes
The system does allow you to setup cron jobs to automate sending out billing reminders and such. HostGator has options for EasyApache versions 3 and 4. If you find that running a cron fails, try the command for the other version of EasyApache.
EA4: /opt/cpanel/ea-php70/root/usr/bin/php /home/username/public_html/cron.php
EA3: /opt/php70/bin/php /home/username/public_html/cron.php
Once you’ve gotten that sorted, the instructions from Invoice Ninja state that you should use 8AM as the time. I personally changed mine to 9AM.
0 8 * * * /usr/local/bin/php /path/to/ninja/artisan ninja:send-invoices
0 8 * * * /usr/local/bin/php /path/to/ninja/artisan ninja:send-reminders
You’re going to change /usr/local/bin/php to the relevant path for EA3 or EA4 as mentioned above.
If you don’t password protect the client portal based on the invoice links sent, ensure that you give a disclaimer to the clients. The portal is very powerful and has a dashboard with links to client historical data. This means that forwarding the email to other persons will potentially allow them to see all payments made. The recommendation is to have each client setup their password to access the portal.
So far everything is working. I’m still getting accustomed to it and the automation duplicates at times when I manually send things – but that’s not so bad. Once everything is streamlined it should work perfectly.
How To Get TeamViewer 11
Introduction / Explanation
At times you may be asked to install an older version of TeamViewer than what’s currently available. At the time of this writing TeamViewer 13 is the current version. The reason for this is persons may have licenses for older versions and don’t want to upgrade due to the new licensing options. Other reasons may include the ability to use older versions with less “nag screens” (like version 5). This document will go into how to install TeamViewer 11 from the official website as well as from my own website. The principles will also apply to older versions.
Installing Older TeamViewer
The link available as of this writing may change, as TeamViewer has changed the link to their older versions before. I will cover 3 different ways to get the older version – I was going to do a fourth with going directly to their main site, but it’s extremely difficult to navigate to the older versions. Actually, with the new site layout I was unable to find my way without using a Google search.
Direct Link to Official Site
First go to the link: https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/previous-versions/ – once there you can scroll down and optionally click the agreement to accept cookies for the site.
Please bear in mind that your screen resolution may show more details than the one in the screenshot.
Once you scroll down you will see options on the right. Select the version required and then the appropriate module. Most likely you will be asked to either install the full application (option 1) or use the quick support tool (option 2). If your tech asks you to install a version not listed, click on “Need An Earlier Version?” from the options on the right.
The next option would be to use a Google search. Simply type in “teamviewer 11” and your first link should show the page given in our first set of instructions.
From there simply follow the instructions as given in the first set (scroll up to previous instruction set).
From My Site
You can get directly to TeamViewer 11 from my site using this link: https://carlosthomas.net/Remote-Assistance/ – then download/install/run on the version I’ve asked you to download, or you can go to https://carlosthomas.net
Load main site. Go to REMOTE ASSISTANCE.
Once the page loads, scroll down (if needed).
Click on the button for the version required and once completed either install or run the version based on instructions given.