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

Setting Up a WordPress Website

Note: Originally published May 4, 2012 — updated August 28, 2016. Web Hosting Step 1. Get Web Hosting Sign up for Web Hosting, preferably with a company that offers a cPanel, Panelbox, 1-Click or Fantastico from a Web Hosting company such as HostPapa, Funio or HostGator (NOT GoDaddy!). If the company offers domain registration, simplify your life and take it. That way it will all be integrated and working for you. Otherwise, you can get domains from places like GoDaddy (but not web hosting!), HostGator, or NameCheap.com. What’s the issue with GoDaddy? Although they have a great Domain registration service, their web hosting … 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

Which Web Development Programming Languages Should I Learn?

I am often asked this question by other Web developers. In fact, I regularly need to figure decide which web programming languages and technologies I need to learn next as part of my life long learning. Start with Web Browser Technologies Did you know? Even after over 20 years of mainstream web technology, web browsers only natively understand 3 things: HTML, CSS and JavaScript. That’s it, that’s all! There actually used to be a fourth, vbScript, but it was only available in Internet Explorer and Microsoft finally deprecated it as of IE11. Anything more and it is usually an add-on, plugin or … Continue reading

Shopping for the best laptop for web developement

As a developer with a diverse background in IT and web development, I prefer to purchase a solid laptop that will serve me for 5-7 years rather than replace it every 1-2 years. This is because it takes me over a week to install and configure all the software, tweaking the registry and getting things working just the way I need it. It’s been getting better since I discovered Ninite and Chocolatey but I still prefer not to do it any more than I have to. Another advantage is that, by the time I am through with a laptop and ready to replace … Continue reading

Creating Linux dot files in Windows

Ever tried creating a file Linux style dot file like .htaccess or .gitignore in Windows Explorer? It gives you a “You must type a file name.” error message. This might lead people to think that Windows doesn’t support these file names. If you use a command line, you know that this is definitely possible in Windows. In fact, you can even create dot files in Windows Explorer quite easily with this little know trick. To create a filename that start with a period “.” but has no extension, like .txt, simply add a period to the end of the filename. For … Continue reading

Should I upgrade to Windows 10 Now?

Microsoft is about to launch Windows 10 for Free to most folks using currently using Windows. With this, my clients have started asking whether it is a good idea to upgrade to Windows 10. My recommendation? It depends. Here’s why… What version of Windows are you currently using? If you are using Windows 7, I would wait… and will. I like Windows 7. It is stable, and I am familiar with it. However, if you are using Windows Vista or Windows 8.x, you might consider upgrading. If you still have Windows XP on your computer, you should definitely upgrade — as … Continue reading

Simple PHP debugging tips

Whether you are just getting started in PHP development or have been at it for a while, here are some tips that will help you troubleshoot when your code isn’t working quite the way it should. Post a comment if you find these tips useful or would like to share your own. I’d love to hear from you. Identifying the PHP function being called The first tip is especially useful if you are working on a larger PHP project where there might be multiple definitions of functions or class methods. You may be surprised to discover that it isn’t the function you … Continue reading

Developers – How to get started in Moodle development

For developers just getting started in Moodle development, testing and fixing 3rd party Moodle plugins which are not currently supported the latest version of Moodle is a great way to get started on your way to learning how Moodle works. These plugins often just need simple fixes, updates to deprecated API calls and stuff like that. Start by browsing through the list of 3rd party plugins and choose a plugin that is of interest to you. If you think it would be useful for you, chances are there are others who would think so too. Next contact the author before you start just to make sure … Continue reading