Monthly Archives: May 2009

WordPress Hosting Monitor Plugin

The WordPress Hosting Monitor plugin, created by, that gathers useful data about the server your blog is hosted on, and spits it out in a convenient widget.

If you only have access to your server via FTP you really won’t know all that much about it. The reason for this lack of information is that you don’t have admission to the SSH, also known as the terminal, network protocol. Many of the biggest hosting providers are for some reason a bit shady when it comes to some of the numbers and stats that can be useful for their clients to know. We recognize this problem and have therefore created a plugin with which you will be able to see basic info that can help you understand your site and server better.

The plugin shows the OS the server is running, CPU speed, cache size, RAM usage, load averages, and the time since the last downtime (among other things).

The data can be output via a widget, or a template tag that you could put somewhere out of the way. You can customize what information is displayed, so I can output select data to be shown to the general public (e.g. server uptime). A page under the Settings menu lets you choose what data to display.

The plugin provides some interesting insights into your server, and is certainly a fun thing to play around with, and could potentially be useful for diagnosing issues.

BlogBuzz May 30, 2009

Tweetie for Mac: OSX-Native Twitter Client

I’ve been trying out Tweetie for Mac lately. It’s a Mac OSX-native Twitter client with a very nice, polished interface. It has many of the features of Nambu, but it lacks the instability that Nambu tends to have from its current “beta” status. Tweetie…

40+ Invaluable PHP Tutorials and Resources

My newest post on Net.Tuts+ was published yesterday: 40+ Invaluable PHP Tutorials and Resources It is a roundup of articles, tutorials and tools of interest to PHP coders, on topics such as security, OOP, frameworks, and WordPress. PHP is one of the most popular…

Transforming Capital Letters With PHP

PHP has some useful functions for dealing with capital letters in string variables. You can make a string all uppercase or lowercase. You can make only the first letter a capital, as in a name, or every other letter a capital for a title…

Twitter: The RSS Reader for the Masses

I have about twice the number of Twitter followers as I do RSS subscribers. RSS is an open standard built from the ground up to serve-up new content as it is released. It excells at delivering information and making it readable in a quick…

WordPress 2.8 Beta 2 Released

The second beta of WordPress 2.8 has been released. If you develop plugins or themes, it’s about time to do some testing. From the looks of things, I project that the final release should be available sometime this June. We may see another beta…

Securing PHP Web Forms

Chris Coyier has written an interesting article on securing form scripts. Serious Form Security talks about token matching, hack logging, and a few other useful techniques to apply to a form processing script. Token matching is definitely a trick worth learning, since it will…

BlogBuzz May 23, 2009

Getting the Number of Words or Characters With PHP

Need to check the number of characters in a string, perhaps for sending user input to Twitter via the API? It can be done easily by using the strlen() function, which simply returns the number of characters in the string passed to it. $phrase…

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