Category Archives: Software & Scripts

Some Uses For URL Shorteners

My GoCodes Redirection Plugin has been added to the directory at WordPress.org, and I’ve been shamelessly promoting it wherever I can.

But what can the plugin be used for? Why would you want to to use a URL shortener?

Here are some examples:

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Zenphoto – Lightweight Web Gallery Script

Tired of the bloated Coppermine Photo Gallery? The much lighter Zenphoto gallery script may be a good alternative. The compressed download is under one megabyte, and the installation looks fairly simple. Just upload via FTP, and run the installation script. The installed gallery is…

MiniAjax

Looking for some AJAX scripts? MiniAjax is a gallery of “nice looking simple downloadable dhtml and ajax code.” The one-page site shows 62 (to date) entries for various useful scripts. There are star-rating systems, modal dialogs, heatmap generators, poll scripts, tabbed interfaces, and more.…

Which Lightbox is Right For You?

I was going to write a post comparing different lightbox scripts, but it looks like “etc” beat me to it. Which Lightbox is right for you? covers 18+ different scripts for your lightboxing needs. For those of you who have never heard of the…

Essential Firefox Extensions For Webmasters

Mozilla Firefox is truly the best browser for web designers and developers. It’s Extensions system makes it possible to equip your browser with tools to make your life easier. But if you’re reading this, you probably already know that. What extensions are the most…

FitFlash: Automatically Resize Flash Movies

Do you use Macromedia Flash in your websites? While it gets some bad press (SEO and usability-wise), it’s got a lot of good uses. YouTube, and other video-sharing sites, use Flash to play videos. Some sites have Flash-animated logos. A lot of online games…

jQuery vs. Prototype

The two biggest JavaScript frameworks in use are jQuery and Prototype. Until recently, I used Prototype a bit. After having to use jQuery for a recent project, I’ve actually started to enjoy using it. It’s easy to use, and it’s lightweight. I’m probably going…

Don’t Block Firefox!

A site has sprung-up recently called “Why Firefox is Blocked.” They claim that webmasters should block all users running the Firefox web browser (sorry, morons, but Firefox is king) because of the AdBlock Plus extension. They claim that users of the extension are thieves…

SimplePie: Parse RSS With PHP

LastRSS. MagpieRSS. Neither have been updated in over a year. What’s the best way to parse RSS feeds and output them with PHP? Simple, use SimplePie. What is SimplePie? It’s a file you include in your PHP scripts, allowing you instant access to RSS-parsing…

WordPress Vs. Movable Type

So, which is the better blogging software? WordPress or Movable Type? Movable Type is one of the older blogging packages. Once they were the cutting edge, and the most popular blogging tool. Nowadays, that title has been given to WordPress. WordPress, though in development…

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