Do not use Network Solutions for Domain Registration – They Suck

This is an open letter/post to all of those who are thinking to use Network Solutions to purchase their domain name(s). Its also an open letter to the Network Solutions Managers, Owners, Shareholder etc highlighting the absolute failings and poor customer service I have received from Network Solutions. Before I start, let me say without a doubt, that Network Solutions SUCK. I have spoken to their customer care representatives and spoken to their managers...

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Manually Adding WPML Strings for Translation

I have a new project which is a multi language web site and it requires me to insert to the WPML string tables so that the client can get all her property types and property features (of which there are hundreds) translated so that they will appear in 4 different languages. So rather than wasting time by manually adding them one by one, I have made a function which I can include in a loop to mass insert strings from a data source. This php function...

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[solved] wordpress page showing 404 due to folder permissions

A couple of weeks ago I spent half a day putting in a newsletter sign up function in four languages onto a clients site linked into the signup.to api. On the test server it was working perfect. Opt-in email was arriving and script was executing as it should. I was very happy. However, after the client decided that it was to be put on the live site, I tested the scripts on the live site and was getting a 404 not found error when executing the...

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[SOLVED] php + mssql + unicode encoding issues

I have a client who has a mobile web application in 52 languages and recently we moved them to a shiny new cpanel web server and suddenly the encoding broke, resulting in any non english characters displaying as ?? and diamonds with question marks in them. AGGGHHHH!!!! Client is flipping out and we are mystified so we spent pretty much all day on thursday and all day on friday trying to figure it out. Nothing seemed to work despite trying everything……. Yes...

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MySQL Logging – How to log all mysql queries, errors and slow queries on Cpanel Servers

Logging slow queries and mysql errors is important for ease of troubleshooting mysql issues but if you also need to log every single mysql query executed by the server for troubleshooting purposes then you need to add an extra line to your mysql configuration file. First and foremost, for this you will need to have root ssh access to your server. In addition to the regular mysql configurations, this is how I do my mysql logging. 1. Once logged...

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