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Phablet List (alternatives to the Samsung Galaxy Mega)

My 6.3" phone was less than half the price of the Mega and I'm delighted with it (see review). This list of Chinese manufactured large screen 6.3 to 6.5 inch smartphones includes specifications, links to the few independent reviews, plus links to a choice of suppliers. Read More

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Where to buy Chinese smartphones – reliable websites

Many websites selling China sourced goods have a bad reputation. This article includes a list of web stores I'd be prepared to use, and explains why. It also provides tips on how you can identify suspect sites. I produced the shortlist when searching for a cheap alternative to the Galaxy Mega & Sony Z Ultra. Read More

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Optimize Title and Description tags for Google, FB & Twitter

How to ensure search results and social media shares attract people to your site. Includes optimum Title and Description sizes for Google, Facebook & Twitter Read More

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PHP: Automate the update of your Maxmind Geoip lite Database files

Do you use Maxmind's free code and database file(s) for Geoip? Is updating your site with the latest data file one of those tasks you never have time to do? Here’s a “sit back and forget it” PHP script with error detection, recovery, and email notification to automate the process! You can even use it to get and uncompress gzip files from other remote sites. Read More

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PHP one liners: How to allow a script to be run from a Cron Job but not from a Browser

Do you have scheduled jobs run via Cron that you want to prevent being run via browsers and other user agents? Well, here are two single line statements to do just that. One, for scripts "requested" by directory path; and another for scripts requested by URL. Read More

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Brute force WordPress attack: how to login when locked out by your host’s security (401/406)

If you are unable to access your WordPress dashboard because the login page is blocked, it could be because your host’s server security has detected a brute force attack. This article shows how to make a few simple changes which allow you to continue logging in whilst keeping your server's brute force countermeasures. Read More

Category: SecurityWordpress    

Javascript: forcing Opera to reload from server on back button press

There are occasions when you may want your pages to be "refreshed" from the server rather than browser cache. This is simple to achieve for most browsers except Opera. Can't find a solution that works for Opera on any of the developer forums?

Well here's how with a few lines of standard Javascript. Read More

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WordPress: hiding your site from comment spam bots

Comment spambots use "footprints" to find your site. Find out how to remove these identifying footprints from your blog and vastly reduce the volume of spam targeted at your site. Read More

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Why your Blog is found by spam bots, and what you can do.

Is your blog plagued by comment spam? Most spam is generated by automated software. Find out how those bots find your blog, and what you need to change to hide your site from them. Read More

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4 ways to configure custom 403 and 404 pages; and a warning about infinite loops

The default 403 and 404 pages are short plain text messages that do not encourage visitors to stay on your site. Customising these pages is usually achieved by creating 403/404.shtml files. However there are other solutions each with their pros and cons. Read More

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