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WordPress Twenty Ten 1.2 to 1.3 – What’s Changed?

Thu, 29 Dec 2011 12:46:11 +0000

Twenty Ten was the default visual theme for WordPress 3, until it was replaced by the Twenty Eleven theme. About the same time of the release of WordPress 3.3 in December 2011, the Twenty Ten 1.3 upgrade became available. WordPress offers to update TwentyTen … Continue reading (image)

Chrome vs Chromium – What’s the Difference?

Thu, 29 Dec 2011 12:05:19 +0000

What’s the difference between Chrome and Chromium? Well, Chromium is the open source part of Chrome, released to open source by Google in 2008. Chromium is available as a standalone browser. Google’s Chrome browser uses the code from Chromium, and … Continue reading (image)

HTML for the Euro (€) – Best Practices

Sat, 22 Oct 2011 08:16:44 +0000

What is the HTML for the Euro? What’s the best way to write the Euro in HTML? Here’s the best HTML for the Euro symbol, tested with all major web browsers. This HTML code works in both HTML and XHTML. … Continue reading (image)

How Much Does a Website Cost?

Sun, 09 Oct 2011 12:31:14 +0000

How much does a website cost? Real world website costs vary from free to millions of dollars. The price will depend on whether you want a basic informational site, how many pages are need, how many different page layouts, is … Continue reading (image)

Link Building & Paid Links – Can Google Detect Them?

Sun, 09 Oct 2011 11:29:00 +0000

Backlinks – the links to your site from other sites – are regarded as the most important factor in how well a site ranks in Google. There are many paid link building services, as well as services to rent links. … Continue reading (image)

Google Analytics Real-Time: Features, Uses, Get Access

Sun, 02 Oct 2011 12:14:29 +0000

In this article, read about Real-Time Google Analytics’ features, uses, and find out how to get access. See video of Real Time Analytics at work. “Real-Time” is a new feature of Google Analytics launched September 29, 2011. If you haven’t seen Google Analytics before, … Continue reading (image)

How I Host My Websites for 9 Cents per Month Each

Wed, 07 Sep 2011 16:57:00 +0000

My website hosting costs an average of 9 cents per month for each of my websites. Over time, this rather affordable web hosting has really proven itself. One of my sites,, had over 40,000 visits in the last month. … Continue reading (image)

2011 MacBook Air – Web Developer’s Dream Rig?

Wed, 10 Aug 2011 16:27:07 +0000

Apple has released new 2011 MacBook Air models, sporting zippy Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, fast flash storage instead hard disks, and the capacity to drive large external displays. Are these ultra thin and light a web developer’s dream … Continue reading (image)

Mac Moves to PHP 5.3.6 With Release of OS X Lion

Fri, 22 Jul 2011 18:08:22 +0000

With Apple‘s release of OS X Lion, the bundled version of PHP has been updated to PHP 5.3.6, the very latest production version of PHP. PHP 5.3 includes features like: namespaces, lambda funtions, late static binding, and a native mysql … Continue reading (image)

Mac OS X Lion: Useful Features, Compatibility, Upgrade Requirements, Install Time

Fri, 22 Jul 2011 17:32:34 +0000

Mac OS X 10.7, codenamed Lion was released on 20 July 2011. I’ve just upgraded my MacBook Air to Lion. Lion is … quite a lot of awesomeness bundled together. Useful Features of Lion Here’s some I love about Lion and … Continue reading (image)

PHP 5.4 Alpha Released

Fri, 22 Jul 2011 16:27:27 +0000

An alpha version of PHP 5.4 has been released to the public on PHP 5.4 alpha 2 is available for download from The PHP 5.4 alpha was first released 26 June 2011. The proposed release date for PHP 5.4 … Continue reading (image)

Add the Google +1 Button to a WordPress Blog in 2 Minutes

Sat, 02 Jul 2011 14:40:20 +0000

Google has introduced its ‘+1‘ button. The Google Plus One button can help get more traffic to your website. This article gives the exact steps to get a Google Plus One button on your WordPress blog in two minutes. Why … Continue reading (image)

Twitter is Over Capacity – The Fail Whale Rides Again

Thu, 05 May 2011 17:03:32 +0000

“Twitter is over capacity” – yes. Twitter’s got troubles. The Fail Whale rides again! The Twitter’s status page reports for around 9:45am Pacific time on May 5 2011: We are currently experiencing elevated error rates. There may be intermittent issues … Continue reading (image)

PHP 6: Features, Release Date, Hosting and Download

Thu, 05 May 2011 13:36:18 +0000

This article covers PHP 6, including the status of its development, features, release date and download. There’s a section on each topic below. Links to PHP downloads and source code are included. I’ve updated this article to include the effects … Continue reading (image)

Select Form Buttons in CSS – Techniques with Examples

Wed, 04 May 2011 13:31:15 +0000

This article covers two ways, the easy and the advanced way to select a button or buttons in a form with CSS. We give example HTML and CSS for each technique to select a form button or form buttons. The … Continue reading (image)

Where are the Apache Configuration files on Mac? – httpd.conf

Wed, 20 Apr 2011 12:32:26 +0000

Here’s where to find httpd.conf on Mac. This is the httpd.conf location on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. This article also shows how to make the httpd.conf directory visible in the Mac Finder. … Continue reading (image)

How to Change a Mac’s Name in Four Clicks

Tue, 19 Apr 2011 04:13:50 +0000

Changing a Mac’s name is easy. Here’s how to change a Mac’s computer name is four clicks. A Mac name change will affect the name that other computers see when they’re browsing the local network. I’ve tested this method on … Continue reading (image)

How to Get the Size of a Postgres Table

Tue, 05 Apr 2011 13:40:43 +0000

To get a Postgres table’s size, run the following SQL. Size here means how much space the table’s data takes up on disk or SSD. The size is returned in an easy-to-read form, e.g. “865 MB” or “12 kB” – … Continue reading (image)

Httpd.conf – What’s its Location on Ubuntu?

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 13:32:24 +0000

Here’s where to find the Apache 2 web server configuration file httpd.conf on Ubuntu. Did you know that on Ubuntu, the main Apache configuration file is not httpd.conf? The main Apache config file is actually apache2.conf. When Apache 2 reads … Continue reading (image)

The Easiest Way to Take a Webpage Screenshot

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 07:44:53 +0000

Do want to take a screenshot of an entire webpage, not just the part the webpage that fits on screen? This article describes how to take a full webpage screenshot using free software. This method will take a screenshot of … Continue reading (image)