Using cron jobs to perform maintenance tasks becomes so much more inviting once you realize you don’t have to go out and learn PERL in order to make use of them. Any server with PHP installed can run any arbitrary PHP scripts you throw its way, and with the help of powerful functions like
passthru() just about any administrative maintenance task can be carried out easily, including whole site and database backups. How it works
After battling with terrible response time on three WordPress sites on the same hosting account for three days, I think I’ve finally gotten to the source of the issue: the wp-cron.php file. This file is how WordPress runs scheduled tasks, and is intended to run silently in the background without affecting load times. However, as I found out, this isn’t always the case. How to fix it
As part of the preparation for my upcoming wedding to a wonderful lady, I’m in charge of building our wedding website, which we’ve decided will handle all of our RSVPs. I’m still in the process of building the RSVP form for that site, maybe I’ll do a full post about it and all its features once it’s done. But this process did give me an idea to build a more universal and flexible web form, which could easily be plugged into any LAMP environment and used to push form responses to a database using Ajax. How I did it
A few months ago at work I was tasked with heading up the development of one of our more complicated sites (research.wustl.edu) while we moved it from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010. These moves are generally pretty easy, but they can be complicated when the site relies on a lot of customized code that might not work so well in the new environment. As irritating as it can be at times, this particular case gave me the opportunity to create something new, something that I hope can benefit someone else in a similar situation. Read more ›
I found this code a while ago, probably somewhere on Stack Overflow, and it’s served me well ever since. It returns a data object filled with the key-value pairs of the query string. Try it!
Number.prototype methods. Try it!