Category: Linux

Linux Server Managment

Beating designer’s block

As a web designer or developer, you may not think much about where your inspiration for visual layouts and elements comes from – not, that is, until it seems to run dry and you can’t


How to change the hostname in Linux

If you are new to linux you probably will wonder how to change the hostname of your computer or server. (A hostname is the unique name by which a network attached device is known on


10 Essential WordPress Plugins in 2011

Every so often I write a post like this one – and this is a subject worth revisiting, since new and better plugins get released all the time, and older ones stop being supported. Since


Excluding Packages from Yum Update

When running a ‘yum update’ under CentOS, there are certain packages you may be running which you wish to remain static, or which can potentially cause errors with the update eg. Samba. In these situations


Fix corrupted RPM database on CentOS 5

If rpm / yum command hangs during operations or you see error messages – it means your rpm database corrupted. /var/lib/rpm/ stores rpm database just delete the same and rebuild rpm database: Command to rebuild


cPanel transfer restore error

Forcing the restore of a transfered cPanel account , even if the new system says the username is all ready in use /scripts/restorepkg –force –skipres <account.tar.gz>


How to install CPAN libwww-perl

When installing the CSF  firewall on your CentOS server, you need to make sure that you have libwww-perl installed This is easily done by installed it with yum on CentOS 5 yum install perl-libwww-perl

jQuery UI Datepicker in WordPress Admin

If you create your own WordPress plugins or themes, you will probably have found yourself in a situation where you have added a date field to a plugin’s admin page – maybe a date associated

WordPress as a true custom CMS – plugins and tips

As fellow WordPress developers may know, WordPress became a fully-fledged CMS platform a while ago with the introduction of custom post types and custom taxonomies. So, as well as pages, posts and links, you can


How to remove Tomcat on cPanel

Want to remove Tomcat from cPanel? Log-into your server as root using ssh: Execute the following command to stop the Tomcat process: # /usr/sbin/stoptomcat …and to remove the next files, enter: # rm -f /usr/sbin/starttomcat

12 things that make a good WordPress plugin

WordPress plugins come in literally thousands of shapes and sizes. In my view a good plugin should have an intuitive admin user interface, work properly out of the box, and generally act as an extension


Apache logs

Issues with suhosin or mod_security , then best check your Apache error logs tail -f /usr/local/apache/logs/error_log


Multilingual Websites using WordPress

Are you considering having a website built for your organisation? Do you need it to be available in both English and Maltese? Or English, French and Italian? Or any other combination of languages? Or are

Free WordPress Form Plugins

Almost all websites have (or should have) a form of some kind, to be completed by interested visitors. Whether it is a simple newsletter signup, a means of contacting the owner, or something more complex

Twitter changes affect WordPress plugins

Yesterday, Twitter updated its API (the method by which websites and other programs access Twitter feeds) so that a particular kind of authentication (oAuth) is required. “Big woop”, you may say, or possibly “what are


Speeding up a new PC

This post is not about overclocking (changing hardware settings to increase the speed of your processor) – there are plenty of places on the web that talk about how to overclock various PCs. I’m talking


WiFi-enabled meeting places in Malta

Being so built-up and packed to the rafters with IT companies, it’s hardly surprising that Malta has a good selection of free Wi-Fi hotspots. You can easily connect at the airport, at any MacDonalds restaurant,

Theatre Anon benefits from new ZigPress site

It’s been a while since I launched a new ZigPress client site, and I’m very happy to announce my latest creation, a new WordPress-based website for the Malta-based theatre company and foundation, Theatre Anon. Theatre

Plugins versus the functions file

Sometimes I take on the maintenance of existing WordPress-based websites, and obviously part of my initial work is to assess a site’s performance, stability, extent of customisation, etc. It all boils down to getting to


Does Google really understand us?

The news that the Google Nexus One phone has shipped only 135,000 units since its launch 74 days ago got me thinking about what else Google has launched in the last few months, and where