Archive for the 'Web Dev' Category

Fixed: “Cheatin’ Uh?” WordPress auto upgrade problem

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Some time ago (I don’t actually know when) I ceased to be the admin of this website. In fact for the longest while the site has had no proper admin at all. Even though I have admin status I lost all ability to carry out certain admin functions (such as viewing, adding or deleting users, […]

Those who can, teach in their blogs

Friday, March 4th, 2011

I get asked very often how to set up a blog, what to talk about, and inevitably how to get to the top of Google. As I said in my previous post How do I make my blog work for me? you need to think carefully about what you mean by getting to the top of […]

How do I make my blog work for me?

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Very often I get asked how to set up a blog, what to talk about, and inevitably how to get to the top of Google. This is a subject that I’ve been writing and teaching about for years. These days however I’m getting asked this by a whole new set of people. These are often […]

Urgent WordPress Upgrade – 2.1.2

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

Wow, I got a scary message when I logged in to the dashboard of one of my blogs tonight to say that the upgrade to WordPress 2.1.1 that I downloaded a couple of days ago had been compromised – before it left the download site –  because the WordPress download server had been [tag]hacked[/tag] into!  Yikes! […]

Tools for webmasters

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

I’ve just come across a fabulous array of online tools for webmasters over on iWEBTOOLS.  Here are some of the ones that look like they could be very useful: Backlink CheckerGet a list of backlinks linking to a site Google Banned CheckerHave you been banned from Google? Search Engine PositionFind your entry in Google and […]

IE 7 get ready

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

Just fixing a few things ready for IE7 which should start being automatically delivered to us all via Windows update any time now. Think about it, switch on your PC in the morning and it silently upgrades while you go make coffee (herbal tea in my case, but once IE7’s out I may be back […]

The importance of local backups

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

Well it happened. Demon, our webhosts for, lost all the files for our site. Not just the webpages and the images, but the backups too. (So much for the benefits of off-site backups. What’s the point if they keep it on the same server?) I know, I can hear you saying it and tut-tutting […]

Joomla Install Booboo and Recovering Joomla Password

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Joomla installation is very easy.  The snazzy installer takes you through the steps of filling in the database details, site names etc and will create a configuration if the folder is writable.  If your configuration file isn’t writable Step 4 of the Joomla installation gives you the completed configuration details to copy and paste into notepad, which […]

“Drupal emails gone astray”

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

“My Drupal password emails are considered spam by my spamfilter so I found them in the spam folder. Why is this?” Your Drupal installation isn’t set up correctly to send email, so, because important information is missing from the header of the email, your filter is regarding them as spam. In Drupal go to administration, […]

Viewing Style Info with Web Developer Extension

Friday, May 12th, 2006

I noticed today that the ‘View Style Info’ from the Web Developer Extension in Firefox had stopped working. I could hover over an element within a web page and it would reveal the markup in the status bar as usual but when I clicked it didn’t deliver the style info about that element. I think this […]

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