HTML encode your e-mail address with PHP to avoid spam bots

Found in categories: PHP, Web Development.

HTML encode your e-mail address with PHP to avoid spam bots

Email spam is an everyday nuisance to most people which is usually generated by relentless spambots crawling the internet and source code of your page to gather email addresses on mass. They simply consume addresses on a fairly consistent basis in order to sell them or spam people, or both. Google also indexes email address but that’s all it does, index, so no harm there. Nobody wants spam in their email but of course there is often a need to display your email address on your site or blog to allow people to touch base with you and doing this poses the risk it’ll happen. Often this is the core reason for your spam influx!. There is an answer to avoiding the spambots causing an invasion to your inbox Continue reading


WordPress – tag post appending plug-in…..

Found in categories: Development, PHP, Wordpress.

WordPress – tag post appending plug-in…..

Wordpress plug-ins
I’ve been using WordPress more and more recently as it’s an ideal platform to speed up development of sites with the additional benefit of it being a well respected CMS and allows the site owner to update content through the interface with no knowledge required of HTML. There’s an abundance of available themes and some great ones which are free with a one click install. Even better and more importantly it’s simple.

Anyway, I’ve always dabbled with WordPress and had an interest in it. There are alternatives in Drupal, Joomla and of course custom builds but WordPress is adequate for most requirements. These days I’m trying to get a better understanding of how the platform works in it’s life cycle as more jobs require some knowledge of it. I often use the available plug-ins with my install but haven’t really dabbled until now with their inner workings. Anyway, having got a fundamental understanding of them recently and realised how useful some plug-ins can be I decided to write a few very simple ones of my own, just to get me started. Continue reading


Easily creating image placeholders for a website mockup.

Found in categories: Design.

Easily creating image placeholders for a website mockup.

I read a post the other day explaining the process of creating websites from scratch, which concentrated mostly on the initial stages, from the initial client enquiry and request and obvious individual requirements they may have, to actually wire framing and finally to an HTML and CSS mock up in order to get client approval and naturally know you’re on the right track to continue.

The post was explaining mostly during the mock up stage, you may not have the images you’ll be using and suggested easily generating and altering placeholders for the images in the code itself. The ability is courtesy of fakeimg.pl and is very simple. Not only can you create an image, sized to your choosing, you’re also able to dictate the background colour (this must be declared in hexadecimal) and include some text on the image also. I suppose this would be good to describe proposed content and will give you a better idea of how the layout will eventually look. Continue reading


Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S3….

Found in categories: Android.

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S3….

Ok, firstly this post is only applicable to UK users of the S3, with a model number S3 I9300. Please, if you’re in the US with a T-Mobile, AT&T, VERIZON, or SPRINT VERSION of the Galaxy S III this post isn’t suitable for your handset and you’ll encounter problems should you attempt to root it and possibly brick the handset. There are other posts I’ve seen suited to these devices. A simple Google search should yield some resources.

Six or so months ago, I got the Samsung Galaxy S3 on a 2 year contract with the UK provider, Three network. It’s great I love it and I was happy with the current user privileges as most users are until more recently having read the benefits or performing a root on the device (namely ridding my handset of Bloatware and the after root use of removable storage through USB which doesn’t require an app). Continue reading


Facebook to stop users being hidden from search….

Found in categories: facebook.

Facebook to stop users being hidden from search….

FacebookI’ve never been too keen on Facebook to be fair. I’ve always preferred Twitter and found the bulk of content much more interesting, be that tech or otherwise. Then came Google+ most recently and again the quality generally is of a much higher grade. Sadly both these platforms don’t currently have the follower numbers Facebook has. Why?. Well, everyone’s there. It’s popular, it’s easy to use, it was the first but that certainly by no means makes it the best!. Most people you can think of are there (I know, I’d rather forget some too) I just became part of this ever growing number of people who happened across the site during a phase of initial interest, found people I knew and stuck with things not really knowing or appreciating any better. After all, everybody’s on Facebook, everybody’s constantly updating on all aspects of their life to their so called friends, mostly quick musings which are usually uninteresting to the masses and often not well thought out. Continue reading