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August 2021

Apache VirtualHost with Reverse Proxy

This post documents the process of setting up a reverse proxy to load one (origin) website in the subdirectory of another. During this process the...
June 2021

Upcoming changes to eBay's PayPal Payments

Over the course of 2021 eBay will be incrementally changing how it works with sellers. Changes include updates to the fee structure, how fees are...
May 2021

Choose a better browser

Updated for 2020 A run down of the most popular web browsers including Firefox, Chrome, Edge and Opera as well some alternate options if you'd like something different....
February 2020

Website Optimisation with Pingdom Speed Test

There are plenty of website speed tests out there, some are better than others. Pingdom is one of these tools, this post explains how to...
November 2019

Simple jQuery Cookie Pop-up

This is a simple EU cookie notification pop-up for legacy websites. All that’s required is jQuery. Add the following HTML, jQuery script and apply some...
November 2019

Automatically Deploy website from Github

This walk through will allow you to set-up a website to automatically deploy on a remote server whenever updates are pushed to the GitHub repository....
October 2019

Choosing the right ecommerce platform

Choosing the right ecommerce platform is an important decision for any business looking to sell their products online. The three options below are tried-and-tested ecommerce...
October 2019

Jekyll: Post Loop in Liquid Templates

Jekyll uses the Liquid templating language to process templates. This post provides a basic example to show the five latest blog posts and highlight the...
June 2019

Remove outdated content from Google Search Results

From time to time unwanted pages can appear in Google Search Results. Could be a temporary page, old content or even a test page that’s...
January 2019

Introduction to Ubuntu MATE

As a PHP developers most of my time is spent working with Linux servers. When Microsoft introduced the Linux Sub-system for Windows I jumped at...
June 2018

Start/Stop XAMPP on Ubuntu using Terminal

To start XAMPP run the following and the command will return a list of running services: sudo /opt/lampp/lampp start To stop XAMPP run the command...
April 2018

Cookie pop-up notification for legacy websites.

Simple no-nonsense JavaScript and CSS cookie pop-up notification for legacy websites. Required jQuery. Reusable cookie pop-up
January 2018

Running Ubuntu on Windows

**One of my favourite aspects of Windows 10 has been the Linux subsystem for Windows. ** I’ve been using it since launch partly because it...
August 2017

How to update your hosts file.

Every computer has a file on it which allows the owner to specify where a website is loaded from. A hosts file is a simple...
March 2016

Cloudflare: My next step for website optomisation

I’ve been working to dramatically reduce page load times on my site. Load times were reduced from 6 seconds to about 3 just by minifying...
March 2016

I can get access to better internet in rural Mid Ulster than in North Belfast

I can get access to better internet in rural Mid Ulster (a townland called Tyanee just across the River Bann from the town of Portglenone) than on the...
February 2016

Useful .htaccess Rules: Setting the expires header for browser caching

Expires headers let the browser know whether to server a cached version of the page. This can simultaneously help to reduce server load and increase...
February 2016

MySQL Database Backup and Restore via Command Line (Copy-and-pasteable)

Putting this together because I always end up checking online for the correct bash commands for Linux. These commands rely on your knowing for sure...
November 2015

PHP Storm and making FTP connections with SSL (FTPS)

If you’re having issues connecting to a server via FTPS in phpStorm I found that the magic combination for PHP Storm and FTP-SSL connections is…...
September 2015

Steven says Slack messenger is awesome

My collegue Steven Cotterill at The Tomorrow Lab has outlined just how useful a messenger app can be in a development environment. At the beginning of...
May 2015

Useful .gitattributes defaults for Beanstalk Git

Some useful copy-and-paste lines for the .gitattributes file when using Beanstalk Git. Image and other binary files Upload and store images as binary files, rather...