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CentOS VPS Automatic Daily Server Restart GoDaddy
Posted on: Nov 26, 2013  | Category: Tutorial and Code
Posted by: Stephen Owens

Automatic daily server restart on a CentOS GoDaddy VPS. This will work for any linux os, and not limited to GoDaddy.

Notepad++ Function List for PHP
Posted on: Oct 1, 2013  | Category: Tutorial and Code
Posted by: Stephen Owens

Notepad++ added a function list panel (starting with v6.4.1), which can be customized for any programming language by adding a XML parser node to the functionList.xml file. This is a notepad++ function list parser for PHP.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2013  | Category: Tutorial and Code
Posted by: Stephen Owens
How to enable CURL on the portable WAMPP stack, Server2Go.
Posted on: Mar 14, 2013  | Category: Tutorial and Code
Posted by: Stephen Owens

A snippet of code that will allow you pull an RSS feed and output a simple list of titles, summaries, and the first image from the content. Will work by simply replacing the RSS Feed url and pasting the code into your website.

Exporting Comments from CMS Made Simple as Generic WXR XML for Importing Into DISQUS
Posted on: Jun 2, 2012  | Category: Tutorial and Code
Posted by: Stephen R. Owens

This is a brief overview of how I exported comments from CMS Made Simple as a Generic WXR XML file for importing into DISQUS.

SEO Contact Form SPAM from Gmail Addresses
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012  | Category: Tutorial and Code
Posted by: Stephen Owens

A quick PHP script to stop all those unwanted SEO spam messages, being submitted by your own Contact Us form.

VPN Shortcut to the Desktop with Windows 7 Vista XP
Posted on: Feb 21, 2012  | Category: Tutorial and Code
Posted by: Stephen Owens

Windows 7 adding a VPN connection shortcut to the desktop.

Posted on: Feb 8, 2012  | Category: Tutorial and Code
Posted by: Stephen

How to get GoDaddy to reconize your newly uploaded php5.ini file.

Posted on: May 3, 2011  | Category: Tutorial and Code
Posted by: Stephen Owens
How to enable mod_rewrite on the portable WAMPP stack, Server2Go.
Creating Detail and Summary Views for ListIt in CMSMS
Posted on: Feb 17, 2011  | Category: Tutorial and Code
Posted by: Stephen Owens

List It is a very cool Module for CMS Made Simple (CMSMS). It allows very fast development of new CMS extensions (limitations and details of functionality are described in this post).

What it doesn't have, as of today, is a native way to show Summary and Detail views of the listed items. So I came up with this very simple method to show summaries and details of the lists, using Pretty Search Engine Firendly URLs, all without making any modifications to the ListIt source code.

Shop Skin Helper CMSMS plus Quick.Cart
Posted on: Feb 16, 2011  | Category: Tutorial and Code
Posted by: Stephen Owens

Ola sent me an email asking about using my Shop Skin Helper (a cross php application skinning tool) with Quick.Cart (a free php software shopping cart) and CMS Made Simple (a content management system).

I don't know Ola, and I've never used Quick Cart before, but I will take a stab at answering her question by downloading the source code for Quick Cart and taking a very fast look around.

Hiding Admin Menu Items In OpenCart
Posted on: Sep 12, 2010  | Category: Tutorial and Code
Posted by: Stephen Owens

How to hide the admin menu items in OpenCart from admin users that do not have viewing access privileges.

While doing a project in the open source eCommerce platform OpenCart, I noticed that admin menu items were still visible even if the admin user did not have viewing access privileges. The first stop, on open source issues like these, is to visit the community forums. After searching the OpenCart forums real quickly, I noticed this question about admin user permissions had been asked at least three times. So I decided to go ahead and write the code, and 15 minutes later I have a solution.

Fixes and Tweaks for Newsletter Made Simple of CMS Made Simple
Posted on: May 8, 2010  | Category: Tutorial and Code
Posted by: Stephen Owens

Newsletter Made Simple (NMS) for CMS Made Simple (CMSMS) is an easy to use bulk mailer, which I have been using for a few years now. In this blog post I will explain some of the functionality problems I have come across and the solutions I use to make NMS my bulk mailer of choice.

I have tired other bulk mailing programs, such as the very popular phpList, but it's nice to just have a native bulk mailer inside the content management system (CMS). A big thank you to lemkepf, calguy1000, and nuno for developing the NMS code. It just needed a few tweaks.

How To FTP Using Windows 7 and Vista and XP
Posted on: Apr 20, 2010  | Category: Tutorial and Code
Posted by: Stephen Owens

I have been asked many times about how to use FTP (File Transfer Protocol) to upload and download files in Windows. Here are four simple steps that can be used with Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP to transfer files via FTP. These steps use the windows native FTP capabilities, which means you don't have to download or install anything.

PHP script to Email the Results of a MySQL Query as a CSV File Attachment
Posted on: Nov 14, 2009  | Category: Tutorial and Code
Posted by: Stephen Owens

I just released a simple PHP script, which is easy to modify and well commented, that sends the results of a MySQL query as a CSV formatted email attachment. The CSV is properly formatted so it can be opened by Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice.org Calc. It can be found under the code section: "Email MySQL Query Results as a CSV File Attachment". I have released it under the GNU GPL free software license, giving you room to modify it to meet your needs.

CMS Made Simple eCommerce Skin Helper
Posted on: Aug 2, 2009  | Category: Tutorial and Code
Posted by: Stephen Owens

I opened a new Code section on my site today, which will contain free software licensed under the GNU GPL v3.0.

To kick it off I am releasing the CMSMS Shop Skin Helper. This tool will create cached skin files based upon a CMS Made Simple template. The tutorial included in download provides a walk-through for skinning an osCommerce / Zen Cart installation on the same server as CMS Made Simple. This PHP code is not dependent upon CMS Made Simple, so it could be used to skin all kinds of things.

CMS Made Simple and Zen Cart Template Integration
Posted on: Mar 10, 2009  | Category: Tutorial and Code
Posted by: Stephen Owens

How to integrate the site design and menus from CMS Made Simple with the default template found in Zen Cart. This method is much better than having similarly themed sites as this method of template integration will give the appearance of a seamless site.

Importing a MySQL Database into Access using MyODBC
Posted on: Dec 28, 2008  | Category: Tutorial and Code
Posted by: Stephen Owens

Importing (and Linking) MySQL database tables from a website into Microsoft Access on your desktop. Explained in a very simple 9 step process, complete with pictures.

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