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Category Archives: Web site Development

Apache Tomcat 101

To all Tomcat users out there, I’m sure many of you have had questions on how to get things up and running; questions like ‘Is Apache Tomcat the same thing as Tomcat?’, and ‘How do I get the :8080 to go away?’ What is Apache Tomcat? Apache Tomcat and Tomcat are the same thing. Apache, […]
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Simple and Clean Menus with jQuery

Creating a nice-looking menu can be a challenge. You want something that’s clean, that looks good, and that fits into your site. These aren’t such demanding things to ask for in a menu, but if you search the Internet for “html menu”, you get all sorts of strange selections, varying in degrees of complexity, and […]
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More jQuery (BlockUI plug-in)

“The page at says…” Does that look familiar? If you use alert() or confirm() from JavaScript in your web page, some browsers display a standard, boring window with that title, and your message in it. A few weeks ago, I introduced jQuery, a powerful tool for writing dynamic and engaging websites quickly. Today I’d […]
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E-commerce checklist

So you are thinking of setting up an e-commerce store There are many things to take into account when setting up an online store front. Below is a list of some of the major items. You will want to thoughtfully consider and research each of these options before beginning the actual work of getting your […]
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MySQL optimizations: indexes

Many of us use MySQL to power our websites. Using a database is necessary for many common applications like WordPress, Joomla, and phpBB due to the amount of information which they serve. A database backend is a natural choice for a website which becomes more complex as it allows for a more efficient storage and […]
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Dynamic Websites with jQuery and extJS

Is your site too plain? Do you want to add a bit of spark or flair to the visual appearance of your site? Maybe you’re looking for some creative ways to work with menus or display contextual information. Perhaps pop-up blockers have made you rethink how to design your site, but you dislike constant page […]
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How to setup a WordPress blog

Getting Started If you are new to blogging then allow me to introduce you. A blog (a contraction of “web log”) is a place where you can share what is happening in your family. You can post news about your business for your customers. Perhaps you wish to keep an online journal of your travels. […]
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Basic Guide to .htaccess

By using a .htaccess file, you can configure certain elements on your site on a per-directory basis. though the file starts with a period, it is not appended to a file name, .htaccess is the file. Some examples of what can be done with a .htaccess file are: Web site redirection (all or just a […]
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