Have you ever built a site to realize it is a pain to manage? There are a lot of CMS options out there but some of them cost money, some are hard to learn, some your hosting company might not support, and well sometimes they just don’t have everything thing that you want. So today I am going to start to teach you how to create your own simple CMS. Today I will get into how you can find a design and get your secure login setup. This will be a series of blogs but to be honest I am not sure how advanced I will be going. If I wanted to spill it all and tell you how to build the CMS that my company uses then it might take a few blogs.Read More
Today I am going to show you how to get a new database setup with PHP/MySQL using PHPMyAdmin. For those of you who don’t know PHPMyAdmin is a great free tool to help you manage your databases. If you use cpanel or anything you have probably already seen/used it.Read More
Ok, so now you have “learned” …. wait should that be a single quote …. PHP and you are ready to really be able to start using it for something more than you can do with HTML. I will get into the use of single quotes vs double quotes, short tags, inline if statements, a few other little tips and tricks.Read More
We know how much fun it is to have to write the same query 12 different times and/or do a lot of LEFT, INNER, or explicit JOINs to the data that we need. There are several different available methods of caching available depending on the environment we are developing in. One that is very quick and simple is Flat File caching and it can also serve many different purposes.
These methods are slightly advanced and can be very helpful if you have built your own custom CMS for your website. Later we will link to more basic practices that can lead you up to these methods.Read More
If you have taken any basic HTML courses or look through tutorials you know how to build a website…. Well sort of. HTML is pretty much the first and main stepping stone of websites but it is merely the beginning. In this post I will show you a few techniques to get you stated in using PHP to make your sites more dynamic and much easier to manage.
Lets take for example you have an information site about carving spindles. Your site consists of a home page, an about us page, a contact us page, and a content page that has the instructions on creating the spindles. This is a small site and your knowledge currently is mostly only on HTML and CSS but you are tired of having to go and edit something on all 4 pages to simply make one change on the site.Read More
I am sure that almost everyone can agree on the importance of contact forms for use on everything from static HTML websites, to WordPress powered websites. I found myself many times creating custom PHP contact forms for clients and always changing things around to suit the needs of the client.
After going through this article you should have a better understanding of creating custom PHP contact forms. These can be really useful in your own projects, as well as projects for clients.Read More
Typography is defined as the art and technique of arranging type, type design, and modifying type glyph. In order for you to master this art, you should learn more techniques and methods to manipulate text to create stunning typography art. Using 3D effects makes text & typography more realistic and brings it to life.
In this article I compiled a list of 40+ 3D Text Effect Photoshop Tutorials for you to learn new 3D text effects.Read More
So hello again! It’s time for my first tutorial I’ve ever been made. I actually hope You will enjoy this one, and that will encourage me to do some more. We will use Xara 3D to get 3D text effect, then export text to Photoshop and add some style there. If You haven’t got Xara 3D, You can download demo for free ( 15 days trial) and You can read my review about Xara and their pros and cons. And yeah, If You don’t want to download program I will give You *.psd file with text elements, so You can skip Xara part and get straight to Photoshop retouching part.Read More
This is my third tutorial on the Google Maps API v3. I’m going to show you how to use some other google maps features by building an interactive travel map. Everyone will be able to add new locations on the map and view the locations added by others. We will also be using MySQL databases to store the values of different locations so let’s get started.Read More
In this article I will go over creating a custom framework to have and use for your own projects. This to me has been one of the best resources to me in creating websites for clients. I found just like everyone else that after doing so many web pages you hit the point of realizing you keep typing the same things over and over. To try and cut down on some of the time it was taking me just to get started on a project I decided to make my own “framework” that I would use as a basic starting point. I have found this to be a great way to carry around my framework with me anywhere I go on my USB memory stick, and to be able to start a project much faster than I normally would have. Since most of my programming is done with just a basic text editor, this has worked out really well for me.Read More