Enter CakePHP – Rapid Development Framework – No Really!

Almost two months ago I mentioned that I was looking into some PHP Frameworks I must say, that I’ve procrastinated with the whole thing. Since then I’ve caught up on a few. A friend of mine tried introducing me to Code Igniter framework. I didn’t really get a good feel for it. He mentioned that it was more powerful and flexible, but I’m lazy, so I was looking for a lazy man PHP Framework.

How To Make PayPerPost and Google Adsense Play Nice – MightyAdsense Plugin Hack

MightyAdsense - Automatically Inject Ads The MightyAdsense Plugin has many useful options. You can store up to 10 different sets of ads for various locations on your blog. You can insert them into your template by calling one simple function instead of having to paste entire code snippets for the ads. Since all your code for the ads are stored in WordPress, it makes changing the format of an ad a breeze.

Web 2.0 Buttons On The Fly

Now I’ve never really been a Photoshop guy. I just don’t have an eye for that stuff, even if it may be very basic. What’s my solution? My Cool Button. This service allows you to created, not to bad if I do say so myself, Web 2.0 buttons on the fly. A lil' PHP and GD2 sure does go a long way these days.

Reader Input: What PHP Framework Do You Use?

There are a bunch of PHP frameworks, too many if you ask me. I’ve tinkered around with CakePHP, Zend Framework, and Code Igniter. I’m curious to know what you guys have been using and what you find quick and easy. What do you look for in a PHP Framework? What Do You Look for in a PHP Framework? Quick and Easy (56%, 14 Votes) <li> Less Code Needed <small>(16%, 4 Votes)</small><div class="pollbar" style="width: 16%;" title="Less Code Needed (16% | 4 Votes)"> </div> </li> <li> Small Learning Curve <small>(16%, 4 Votes)</small><div class="pollbar" style="width: 16%;" title="Small Learning Curve (16% | 4 Votes)"> </div> </li> <li> Small Footprint <small>(12%, 3 Votes)</small><div class="pollbar" style="width: 12%;" title="Small Footprint (12% | 3 Votes)"> </div> </li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"> Total Voters: <strong>25</strong> </p>  Loading .

Moving WordPress To A Different Domain

No, I’m not moving, not yet anyway. But Lava is. She scored a domain name which describes her blog so perfectly, that she couldn’t help but nab it up: Now what are the odds that this domain would still be lying around?

Lava finally made the big step and “moved into her own place”. Moving domains is always such a hassle, but there are a few things that make the process a little bit easier. I was the Administrator during this move and I must say it was a little bit involved, but I think I got it done.

The Domain

The domain was purchase at Why not NetSolutions, Yahoo, GoDaddy? Because they all have great promotional deals but then it’s upward of $8 to renew every year. 1and1 has a nice flat rate of $5.99 every year.

The host remained the same, since this particular hosts allows up to 10 domains pointing to it. All the files are simply dumped in a different sub folder. I both love and hate the idea of one consolidated host. It’s easier to manage: one login one set of administration and maintenance, cheaper than several different hosts. But if one sight goes down, they all go down. If a hacker gets into one, he damn well gets into all of them. The load on all of the sites is still very small and way under the allotted bandwidth limit. Most of them are blogs using WordPress and we all know what a small physical footprint WordPress leaves behind. If any one site seems to out grow things little family what it turns 18 or something, it will definitely be kicked out of the nest onto it’s on hosting package.

Copy Files

Now this should be the simple part. You copy everything into the folder that is going to house your new blog. There are a few minor changes that you might need to make. Depending on your previous setup you may need to edit the .htaccess file and change the RewriteBase option. But I do think that WordPress will configure it for you when you set up your permalink stuff.

One change that is necessary is editing your wp_config.php file. If you’re changing databases, you need to make the changes here. If you’re not changing databases you still need to make the changes to the table prefix. I forgot to mention that we still need to keep the old database active (details to come later).

Importing Large MySQL Databases – When phpMyAdmin Let’s You Down – Get BigDump


phpMyAdmin is a beautiful tool. It let’s you administer a MySQL Database without all the messy commands. Also, some host don’t even allow you access to those messy commands. So, once again, it’s a beautiful tool. You can pull up a window and run individual SQL commands on the database or you can run an entire SQL script. It’s really great. There is a wonderful export tool that allows you to back up your Database as plain text SQL file or a file in GZip format. I have seen exported files get up to 10 MB compressed, which is over 100 MB decompressed, given that it’s just a plain text file.

Importing MySQL Database

But one thing that is lacking is a proper import procedure. Currently, you can import a database by pasting the SQL statements in a form and clicking submit, or by uploading an SQL file through your browser. Now that’s all well and good, but there are some problems with this method. The main problem is with timeouts. Of these there are two kinds, there are browser timeouts and server timeouts. The second problem is file size. Another limit, which you don’t often read about, is the phpMyAdmin configuration limit.

Browser TimeOuts

Browsers have a limited time that they can be busy waiting for response from the server and when doing a database import this is exactly what is happening. Your browser does a little work of uploading the file. After that it’s up to the server. So while your browser says it’s busy it really isn’t. It’s just waiting for the PHP script (phpMyAdmin) to get back to it and say it’s done. With large databases, this can take a time.

There are a couple ways to get around this. In Firefox you can go to about:config and look for the setting that deals with the browser timeouts. Honestly, I even forget what the exact property is. If you use Internet Explorer (well maybe you need to be punished) you’re out of luck, because as far as I know (which is not much about IE) I think you need to go into registry to do this. If you’re browser times out, it simply stops and kills the connection. With no active connection there script on the server comes to a halt.

Server PHP Script TimeOuts

Now let’s say you’ve gotten over the problem of the browser timeout. Good for you. Now you’re hit with something you may not have control over. A lot of shared hosts don’t allow you to modify their PHP configuration settings, for good reason. And a lot of servers have very fixed limits on the length of time that a script can run for. If this is less than what you’re file needs to run, then you’re once again out of luck. There is no work around for this though, sorry.

File Size Limit

Servers have a fixed limit with respect of the size of file that can be uploaded through the browser. Back in the day, it was stuck at 2 MB. Right now, I’ve seen them maxing out at about 8 MB on average. So what do you do if your export file is 10.5 MB? You’re out of luck, that’s what. Now why don’t they modify their export utility to break files up into multiple sizes that can be handled through import? well, it’s too much work. It’s not their problem, get a better server I guess. Once again, you’re out of luck.

phpMyAdmin Limit

phpMyAdmin has a limit in their configuration file that limits the actual number of SQL commands that can be executed. It’s that simply. If your database goes beyond this, then once again, you’re out of luck.

Well not really. You could install your own version of phpMyAdmin on the server and configure it as you like. If this works for you, great. But if your problem is also one of those mentioned above, then again, you’re out of luck.

What Are Your Options?

How Do I Pick An AJAX Framework And Why Should I Care

This may be one of the most difficult things to consider when starting up with AJAX. There are a lot of AJAX Tutorials out there that give you good background information. And it’s good to know what’s going on behind the scenes, it really is, but let’s face it if you’re going create anything worthwhile with AJAX, it makes no scene to do it from scratch. As a developer, I’m a big fan of frameworks.

PHP vs. VB6

This is funny. I can't tell you how funny this is. They're actually comparing PHP to VB6. Basically, VB6 sucks as a language and for that reason should be reduced to scripting where as PHP is somewhat similar because it makes an excellent scripting language. Karl over at writes: PHP is NOT Object Oriented As a language, PHP’s object-support is quite rich. Since the introduction of PHP5, developers have had the same level of OO support as most other languages.

Content Management Systems

What is a Content Management System? Here’s a little background. Lots of websites have dynamic content. Meaning, the content is located in a database, usually MySQL, and they are simply dumped into a web template when the page is viewed. That way, if you decide to change the structure or template of your website, the content need not be changed. You wouldn’t really have to mess with anything. Since you have one main template, a change in the template is propagated throughout all the pages because all the pages are created dynamically and use the same template.

Installing A LAMP Web Server System With Fedora Core 6

LAMP - Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. These are the elements you will need to start a very robust and reliable web server from the ground up. HowToForge has a brilliant tutorial on how to start everything. Now take note, this is a VERY detailed tutorial. You can’t really go wrong with this tutorial. We got step by step instructions, we go screen shots, we got it all. The Linux platform used is Fedora Core 6.