Internet Tips

strict warning: Only variables should be passed by reference in /home/sojacandles/www/ on line 61.

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Website Resources

The following resources may help with the evaluatation of a site:

Network Resources

All too often one is forced to see how web pages render in that awful IE product, especially the dreaded IE6. To see how a page loads in that monstrosity you can use netrenderer to render the page virtually, and give you a snapshot - is nice!  in all flavors of IE, and more.

Easyphp is a great app for windows users - To setup easyphp to use short tags, edit php.ini:
short_open_tag = On


There's also XAMP for windows users, and MAMP for OSX. This article: 25 Important Web Design Tools, has good info as well.

Wordpress Tips

When plugins fail to install and or upgrade, it's likely one (or more) of the following issues:

  1. the host does not have .php5 handler in the default .htaccess file, solved by adding:

    AddType x-mapp-php5 .php
    AddHandler x-mapp-php5 .php

    to it.

  2. No write permissions on the wp-content folder (chmod 755 wp-content)
  3. A folder named "upgrade" in the default folder, which trips up subsequent update/upgrade attempts (rmdir upgrade)
  4. Permalinks and/or slugs not updating for ya?  It's likely a recycling / trash issue - look in the trash for other items using same terms for the conflict.
  5. Recommended Wordpress plugins:
    • Akismet
    • All in one SEO Pack
    • Bulletproof Security
    • Page Tagger
    • TinyMCE Advanced
    • Theme my login
    • Google Analytics, Google XML Sitemaps
    • Eli's related posts and footer links & widget
    • Tweet, Like, Google +1, and Share
    • Wordpress File Monitor
  6. Apache memory_limit tips:

If you have any suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment on this page - it's always nice to get turned onto a useful plugin.


OsCommerce Tips

When moving the site, or changing the installs, the store's url will sometimes need to be changed. I never found a UI to make these changes - perhaps it's there and i just could never locate it? no matter, cuz all ya need to do is edit 2 files:

  1. includes/configure.php
  2. admin/includes/configure.php

and make the necessary changes to the strings contained therein.


PHP / HTML tricks:

to get the current year, say in a footer, use

<? echo date("Y"); ?>


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