PHP 7 instant speed boost

It took me a while to notice the arrival of PHP 7, i don't recall ever seeing PHP 6 on offer in cPanel?Just a heads up to anyone reading this that doesn't concern themselves with things like which version of PHP to use, if you select #7, yo... more

Block certain countries using Cloudflare and HTACCESS

Note - only use if you have CloudflareAre you are tired of getting hammered by hackers from other countries? It could be that a large portion of your bandwidth is used up by bots constantly trying to infiltrate your vulnerable areas.This list blocks... more

Wordpress htaccess security + PageSpeed Insights

Note: Some servers will not accept all apache commands in here. If you get error 500, remove the unfamiliar partsOptions All -Indexes # BEGIN WordPress RewriteEngine On RewriteBase / RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L] RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILEN... more

Cloudflare 502 in Wordpress

Do you get a 502 in wordpress whenever a form is submitted?I got them all the time submitting posts or pages. The link below offers a fix, but it doesn't say "exactly" what the problem is. But it does seem appropriate that an admin sho... more

Laravel Development

Why you should be using LaravelSo i have joined the Laravel band wagon, and it couldn't have come a moment sooner. I wouldn't want to be in a position where I had to depend on my own CMS or even worse - WordPress!Don't get me wrong, Wo... more

Reconsidering WordPress

With my clients websites being hacked so often lately despite some security measures, I'm having serious second thoughts about moving forward with WordPressWhen I consider alternatives, there are plenty to pick from. Perhaps ProcessWire, or Lara... more

PageSpeed Insights + Security htaccess for Laravel 5

Note: Some servers will not accept all apache commands in here. If you get error 500, remove the unfamiliar partsOptions -Indexes <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>     <IfModule mod_negotiation.c>         Options... more

Froala VS Tiny MCE

I have left Tiny MCE for Froala. It was a no brainerEver now and then it's good to check out alternatives to what you currently use, so i did some shopping around. I stumbled across Froala and was immediately impressedSo far i haven't paid... more

A balanced web design

It’s easy to make a web page look too busy or too plain. To make a good well balanced page, there is a degree of common sense to keep in mind, but also an eye for design.Important things to know!Your average user is going to skim over the page... more

Second Hand Bikes

Recently I felt the need to improve my fitness, since all I do is sit at my computer and twiddle my fingers. So I purchased myself a bike from a very knowledgeable local and it’s a beaut!Are you in the Mid North Coast or Forster area and lookin... more

Web users and mobile devices

More people in the U.S. will access the Internet via mobile devices than through desktop computers or other wired devices by 2015, IDC predicted on Monday.SourceMobile device usage is rising sharply, what does that mean for you?Mobile users will prob... more

Custom CMS – When do I need one?

With so many solutions around, when is it a good time to develop a Custom CMS?As a developer it’s hard to know, so you can imagine what it would be like for the client.In general, you resort to a custom CMS if there is no free/affordable pre-ma... more

Web Design in Forster

Well I have been in Forster doing Web Design for 5ish months now, and although it’s been a great place to live and enjoy life, it’s economy isn’t quite flourishing like it was in Sydney, which goes without saying really! I think if... more

PHP Storm, loving it

I used to use Dreamweaver 5.5, as noted in previous posts. Despite it’s merits, it’s really nothing compared with PHP Storm by JetBrains.Why is it better?More settingsBetter interfaceBetter code hints & debuggingZen CodingMultiple cur... more

Thesis 2 Website thoughts

If you found this page, you are probably looking into the WordPress theme called Thesis, and questioning if you should invest your time into it.As a web designer, and web developer, I can see fruits with this system. It’s really the only theme... more

Amazon & GoodSync Project Backups

There are heaps of backup solutions out there, some are based on-line, some are in your office. So as a deb developer, what’s the best solution?When I deal with lots of website projects, there are a broad range of files I deal with, from large... more

Web developer computer set-up

There are a couple of things I like to do to help my productivity on my work machine. Some of these things save little time in your day, but over an entire year can amount to hours, days or weeks being salvaged.Use CCleanerI don’t normally reco... more

jQuery CSV XLS import interactive tool

Note: This tool isn't availalbe for everyone, only inside my projects using my CMS. For a similar tool, i recommend Ultimate DB import/export (CSV-XLS(x)-XML-MySQL)As some readers may know, I own and run From time to time I... more

Security, Google Docs, and KeePass

How secure is Google Docs really? So far so good, but …Lately I have re-visited the topic of what the best method for securing data, and now I’m not sure I trust anything!To get access to Google Docs, all you need is the username and pas... more

Google Plus Creative Kit

The other day I was mucking around with Google Plus photo albums, which appears to be Picasa in a different frame.I opened an image and had a go at the “Creative Kit” – geez, online image correction has come a long long way!Its all... more