Getting Started with Laravel: Part 1 – The Install

This is the first article in a section of posts outlining how to get started using the PHP framework, Laravel. Why? There are many different PHP frameworks out there, some popular names include CodeIgniter and CakePHP, all having their merits. One of the most important aspects of choosing a framework comes down to how you feel when using it – does it make sense and feel good to use. Personally, Laravel fits in well with the way I work and … Continued


HHVM, Laravel & Heroku – The Killer Combination

Laying the foundations to a new project recently, some new web technologies were considered for use, notable among these was the recent announcement of Facebook’s HHVM engine and HACK language, which is now gaining support and stability. The project itself was going to be run on Heroku, a cloud PaaS (Platform as a Service) which allows websites to scale dynamically as they grow. Aside from what the software was going to run on, the software itself was going to be … Continued



Direct Upload to S3 (with a little help from jQuery) [Updated]

The contents of this article has been replaced by a PHP Composer package, hope you find it useful.   View on Github Whist working on a new web app recently, running on Heroku, we wanted users to be able to upload large files (I’m talking 50mb-150mb) onto our site. We started by having the standard html form post the data to our back-end code, which processed it, etc, etc. This was fine for small files, but large files would hit … Continued


WordPress 3.5 Release Candidate Review

On December the 4th 2012, the third Release Candidate of WordPress 3.5 was release on their blog, so naturally an investigation was is in order. WordPress 3.5 boasts a major annual release for the open-source blogging software, with many improvements across the board, which will be covered in this article.




9+ htaccess Uses & Snippets

Htaccess files are a hidden type of file used on Apache (usually Linux based) for configuring certain aspects of the server. For more information on what they are read the Wikipedia article. Htaccess files can be (and are) used for a wide range of things, some of which will be covered in this article, as we will work though some of my favourite.


First-look at WordPress 3.3 Beta

Yesterday, the 20th of October 2011, WordPress 3.3 Beta 2 was released. With an array of minor and major changes, this is still just a Beta copy but gives great incite into what’s to come. An in-depth list of changes are available for Beta 1 and Beta 2 on their blog. The WordPress development team are aiming to release the full version of version 3.3 by the end of November.


Stop CSS Caching After a Change in WordPress

If you’re in the process of developing a WordPress theme, browser caching isn’t necessary and it can be a pain because your theme won’t always update after you have made a change. On the other hand caching plays a crucial role in the speed and download times of websites. So what are we to do? In WordPress it’s actually very simple, if you know what you’re doing, to set up a function to force the browser cache into re-downloading the … Continued


Load jQuery from Google CDN in WordPress

WordPress, by default, includes a local copy of jQuery which gets loaded up on your website and also used by the WordPress Admin Dashboard. This is great because it makes life easier but wouldn’t it be even greater if WordPress used a copy of jQuery which was stored on Google’s CDN (or jQuery’s CDN for that matter). Well, with a tiny bit of theme editing this is possible.