12.22.2011 | 1
As all of you know we are big fans of ninjas here at the Code Dojo. A while back we stumbled upon the work of John Lytle Wilson. He seems to be a huge fan of robots as we are of ninjas. He has taken many traditional paintings and strategically placed robots and/or monkeys in them. Brilliant! A few days after viewing his work we talked about a holiday post to wish all of our readers Happy Holidays. I couldn’t help but think of a winter painting touched up with some huge red robots. So here you all are. We wish you all the best this holiday season.
12.16.2011 | 1
12.13.2011 | 8
Luke, Tuesday Total Textures
When designing websites sometimes a slight texture in the background can create just the right feel. Getting those textures can also be fun. They are all around us. I’ve snapped plenty of close up pictures of dirt, rocks, asphalt, cement, etc. Most of which don’t end up getting used or if they get used it’s quite a ways down the road when it fits with a specific project. The web is another resource for finding textures. One site that has weekly textures is abduzeedo.com. Each Tuesday they post a ‘Total Tuesday Textures’ post. Every so often I grab a texture from their site for safe keeping. Check it out for yourself and post some links of how you have used texture in your design projects.
Tim, Magento Project Guidelines for Designers
Magento is a beast and we all know it, however, TutsPlus comes through again with a great walk through of the basic Magento views. I have been guilty of overlooking the seldom used views, but this guide will walk you through all of them to be sure your design elements are consistent throughout the site. The part I like most about the article though is the FREE PDF download that I highly recommend sending to a client as soon as you can to help educate them about the ins and outs of Magento.
Benjam, New to PHP 5.4: Traits
PHP 5.4 is right around the corner, and one of the new features added to this version are class traits. I won’t go into too much detail, you can read the blog post for that, but it makes reusable OO code even more reusable by allowing multiple unrelated classes to pull in the same traits from a master trait object. Like built-in mixins.
12.09.2011 | 3
The purpose of this post is to help you secure your WordPress self-hosted site by installing and setting up plugins. As of the time of writing this post these plugins have been used with WordPress 3.2.1.
Keeping your site secure or safe from hackers is not always easy but is something you need to be aware of. One thing I encourage you to do just in case your site is compromised is to always have a back up of your files and database. As a start, one plugin that can help with this is named BackWPup ( www.backwpup.com ). You can set this plugin to backup your files and database daily, weekly, monthly, or if you feel even hourly. But you can have it email it to you, save it to another server via FTP, or even save it to your DropBox account.
There are a few steps that you can take from the beginning when you first setup your WordPress site. The first thing to do is do not use the default table alias. WordPress by default will suggest that it use “wp_”. If you are only going to use the database for your site and not add any other tables I would suggest you take it off all together, but to make it even more secure use a different alias. continue reading “Securing WordPress with Plugins”
12.02.2011 | 1
I have seen the overlooking hosting problem over and over as the years have gone by, but was recently reminded of this. The first time I saw this problem was when we worked on a project with a local marketing firm for a company that has a fairly large National brand that sells their product heavily during the holiday season. The marketing firm we were working with recommended a $5/month “unlimited” hosting solution to the client, despite our arguments against it, after they had just paid top dollar for a premium website.
Here’s what happened. Every Saturday morning for a month the site shut down. When we called the hosting company, we were put on hold to talk with someone, like that credit card commercial where the man says “This is Peggy.” We were told there was an out of control script running. After multiple weekends we finally got them to tell us what the script was. It was the index.php file which is their homepage. So apparently the hosting company promised unlimited hosting, but had a cap on CPU usage and when people came in droves to the site on the weekend to get information on their product, it shut the site down. We’ve seen this over and over with only slight variations to the story. continue reading “Don’t Overlook Hosting”