Encrypting the site

I’ve just moved my site from HTTP over to HTTPS.  It’s not a huge deal for something like this, but it’s something which I’ve really needed to do for a while, and something which is becoming more and more popular.  For most people this won’t mean much, and for this site it doesn’t amke much […]

Database Connection Mis-information

Whilst on my usual rounds on StackOverflow to help spred useful knowledge of computing and web development I came across the following comments on a thread: Um… mysql doesn’t connect over http… nor to a directory Neither should it be an url. Usually it’s localhost or the IP address of the remote mysql server

Check, test and check again

I noticed today as I was about to start a different article that my website was looking a bit, well, funny.  The layout was wrong, some of the colours were off, the whole thing was a mess.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not at the forefront of design, and won’t win any beauty awards, but […]

Perils of a shared hosting platform

Once again I’ve been inspired by a stack overflow question, and it made me think about issues of a shared hosting platform.  You know the ones; the “host your site for £2.99 a month” sites.  There’s nothing inherently wrong with it (I was using them for a long time until I decided I wanted my own server […]

A reminder about backups

I’m a huge advocate of taking backups of things.  So much so, I’ve got my own home server backing up to “the cloud” with all of my files on it.  It needs a bit of an organisational shuffle I think, but the idea is there.

So you think you’re in control of your website?

I’ve recently been approached about a project for me to work on, part-time and on the side.  This itself isn’t unusual, but it’s one of a very small minority which I think is a good idea and has some promise.  I’ll not go into details about it, as I don’t know the full details of […]

Home file server – part 2

After posting my intention of building a home file server for storing my movies, pictures, music and probably other files, I had to order some new hard drives to give me the space I think I will need.  They have now arrived so I get to install those into the case, and then set up the operating system […]

Creating a home file server – Part 1

This post is the start of a series on setting up a home file server. There’s lots of them out there, but I wanted to document the process I have gone through so that I have a record of it in future, and so that there is an up-to-date resource somewhere online for doing it.

Setting up your web server

I spend quite a lot of time on StackOverflow, both in terms of finding answers for something I need, and also for helping people out with their issues.  One question I see quite a lot is around security permissions for creating files on the server.  Usually these questions are for PHP, and as such I’m going […]

Hopefully the last of the changes

‘Tis the season for change, it seems.  And after a lot of chanes with the site and jobs, I’ve had to make yet another change.  Namely to my web-hosts. I orders a VPS with 1 and 1, configured it and set this domain to be transferred to them so everything could be working nicely, just […]