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5 PHP Security Measures

For many years, PHP has been a stable, inexpensive platform on which to operate web-based applications. Like most web-based platforms, PHP is vulnerable to external attacks. Developers, database architects and system administrators should take precautions before deploying PHP applications to a live server. Most of these techniques can be accomplished with a few lines of code or a slight adjustment to the application settings. #5: Manage Setup Scripts ... If the developer has installed a set...

Converting a Web Template into a WordPress Theme

If you are not into all the hype surrounding WordPress, you probably have likely heard about its ease of use especially for end-users. The platform is also easy to manage and delivers an almost limitless number of widgets to help add functionality. Many users are usually not interested in the development process and only want an end product that is painless and flexible enough to allow additional features as the website grows. WordPress gives you that edge. However, before you can port your existing...

Create your own CRUD app with PHP & MySQL (Part 2)

Picking up from where we left off, we need to start by creating some HTML to display the data we’ve stored in the $results variable. You can always modify this to suite your project. I’ll be using a table structure. <!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <meta charset="utf-8"/> <link href="styles/theme.css" rel="stylesheet"/> <title>PHP & MySQL</title>\ </head> <body> <div id="wrapper"> <table> <thead> <th>Title</th>...

Up and Running With Custom Post Types Part 2

In part one of our post Up and Running With Custom Post Types, we covered the concept behind WordPress's Custom Post Type feature, and how to get started by creating your own custom post type. We also covered ways to keep it modular by utilizing a separate PHP file, allowing you to port the post type from theme to theme. In this post, we'll cover creating Taxonomies for your custom post types, creating custom fields and meta boxes, saving your data and using it in your WordPress themes. Let's get rollin'!...

Plugin Development for WordPress

The Wordpress platform allows you to modify, customize and enhance your existing website easily. You don’t need to change the core program but rather you can create or modify existing plugins to add the extra functionality that you need. This flexibility in customizing your Wordpress installation is provided by the Wordpress Plugin API. There are already hundreds of Wordpress Plugins on various Wordpress Plugin repositories on the Web where you can download and install. If you cannot find a plugin...

Learning LESS: Variables

We continue on our journey of Learning LESS today as we dive in to the wonderful world of Variables. If you haven't read Learning LESS: An Introduction, be sure to read that first to cover some intro to this topic. Blog Series Roadmap ... An Introduction Using Variables Using Mixins Using Nested Rules Using Functions Divide and Conquer Put It Into Action So let's dive in to LESS Variables, and showcase some of what you can do with them. The Syntax ... The syntax for LESS is almost identical to CSS. And the...

PHP Ad Tracker: Entering Ad Banner and Client Data

In our last session, we showed how to list the ad banner data and client data.  In this session, we will examine the form that allows administrators to enter ad banner data. First, we include the class_ads.php file and instantiate the ads class: <?php require_once("class.ads.php"); // instantiate ads class $oAds = new ads; Next, we assign a value for the $id variable by suing the setID function in the ads class: // check for id if ($id) { // assign unique id $oAds->setId($id); } If the form has posted...

PHP Ad Tracker: Site Administration Ad Banner Data Form

If you have read any of the other posts in this series you know that we have done quite a bit with our PHP ad tracker. In this session, we will look at the HTML form that calls these actions. First, we create the HTML table that will hold the form header: <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tr> <td><b>Developer Drive Advertisements Administration</b></td> </tr> Next, we specify the operation (add/edit/delete/deactivate) for this...

PHP Ad Tracker: Listing Ad Banners and Clients

In our last session, we finished writing the PHP class file that would control all the ad banner functions.  This week, we look at the presentation layer for the administration of these functions. The ads_list.php page lists the current banner ads.  First, we must include the class file so that the page can instantiate the class call the functions: <?php require_once("class.ads.php"); // instantiate ads class $oAds = new ads; Next, we fill the $aAds array with the data from the ads table and get...
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