How to add SSL / HTTPS to WampServer

With the importance of HTTPS for security and SEO (according to Google), you need a development environment that lets you run your site locally on https. Unfortunately, right out of the box, WampServer only includes a parts of what you need to get your local web server running over https://localhost. In this article, we will go over the exact steps you can follow to get HTTPS / SSL working on your Wamp Server.¬†These instructions assume that you are installing the 64-bit version of WampServer for Windows to your c: drive. If not, just replace c: with d:. You may also … Continue reading

Information Overload? Refill your bucket

Your brain needs time to process information it is absorbing. If you don’t give it that space, it may lead to information overload where you start to feel overwhelmed all the time. If you are feeling overwhelmed and experiencing information overload, try balancing your lifestyle. Here are some ways to refill your bucket: Get away — Take some time (12 to 48 hours) away from work/school and technology. Reconnect with nature — Go hiking or camping in nature — tech free style! Break your day up — Take more frequent (like 20+ of them) but shorter 1-2 minute breaks throughout … Continue reading

Unemployed and looking for a job? Congratulations!

Congratulations on your new job! Think of it as contract work where you get paid when you are finish the job… which of course is to go shopping 7.5 hours a day for a new job! Make the most of this time to also learn and grow as a person and contribute by sharing what you learn with others. Many unlucky people feel that they are stuck in jobs they don’t like for years. This is a real opportunity for you to lead others by example. You got this! ūüôā Tip: Check your local library or book store for a … Continue reading

Finding a Photo’s License Using Google Images Search Tool

Have you ever come across the perfect photo and wanted to use it on your blog, website, social media post like Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, report or print publication? Google Images has a very useful tool to search for an image and hopefully find out the type of copyright license attached to it. Searching for an image To search for an image, you will either need to get the address of the image on the web or you will need to have a¬†copy of it saved locally on your computer. If the image is located on a publicly accessible website … Continue reading

31 Free Stock Photo Sites for Your Web Projects

Adding photos to your web page can be a great way to connect with visitors who are more visual and to make your website generally more appealing.¬†Here is a list of websites where you can find free stock photos for use on your web projects, in your e-learning courses, blog and social media posts and other types of publications including print. The old adage “you get what you pay for” applies here. You will often find the best of what a photographer has to offer, the photos that have been touched up to perfection on commercial stock photo sites like … Continue reading

Moodle Cron

Although it is not an obvious part of the installation of Moodle,¬†setting up Cron is very important when it comes to Moodle. For example, some emails are sent out immediately while others are scheduled and only sent out when cron runs. Other things that are often affected by Cron jobs are report generation. Eventually, if you never run cron, your Moodle site will also stop working so it is important to make sure that this is setup properly. This happened to one of our clients. They had their own people do the installation and they skipped the step of setting … Continue reading

Useful Tools and Resources for Moodle Developers

Here is a list of resources that helped me get started in Moodle development. I’ve even put together a few articles of my own to share covering topics like¬†Getting Started in Moodle,¬†Git for Moodle Developers in Windows¬†and¬†Upgrading Moodle packages for Windows (XAMPP Control Panel, PHP, phpMyAdmin, Apache, MySQL) [Updated: This is an updated version of an article that was originally published on October 25, 2013] Moodle Development Environment Moodle XAMPP installation for¬†Windows¬†or¬†Mac OS X. Moodle Reset OPCache plugin — Allows you to instantly reset you PHP OPCache from within Moodle,,, for those times when nothing seems to change. Moodle Code-Checker … Continue reading

Buying memory for your Laptop / Notebook

Thinking of adding more memory to your laptop? Buying more memory can often one of the best ways to increase the speed of your laptop. When a computer runs out of memory, the operating system will start using your hard drive store memory temporarily. Unfortunately¬†hard disk is MUCH slower than memory resulting in even the fastest computers slowing down to a crawl. The good news is that, instead of buying memory from the manufacturer, you can often save some money if you have the right part number for your memory which you should be able to find out by asking … Continue reading