Lighthouse and Google Fonts

I recently had performance issues on Google Lighthouse due to the fonts used on the website. The Google Fonts I used were classified as a... July 2022 · Notes

Set-up a Rackspace CDN service

Quick guide for setting-up a CDN on Rackspace. CDN Set-up Log into your Rackspace MyCloud account. Click into Storage > CDN then “Create Service”. In... May 2022 · Notes

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... August 2021 · Notes

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... June 2021 · Notes

Choose a better browser

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.... May 2021 · Notes

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... February 2020 · Notes

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 · Notes · Frontend

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.... November 2019 · Notes

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 · Notes

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... October 2019 · Notes

Remove outdated content from Google Search Results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... June 2019 · Notes · SEO

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... January 2019 · Notes

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... June 2018 · Notes

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 April 2018 · Notes

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... January 2018 · Notes

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... August 2017 · Notes

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 · Notes

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... March 2016 · Notes

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 · Notes

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... February 2016 · Notes

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…... November 2015 · Notes

Steven says Slack messenger is awesome

My colleague Steven Cotterill has outlined just how useful a messenger app can be in a development environment. At the beginning of the year we... September 2015 · Notes

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... May 2015 · Notes