Posts in category 'web'

  

Resolving PHP No Input File Specified Error for WordPress on IIS

My website was recently almost entirely non-functional for several days. I noticed the problem by the sharp drop in my traffic statistics, and a quick check of the site revealed that most of my pages were displaying a PHP message “No input file specified error” rather than the actual content. After a quick flurry of […]

Celebrating 100 Posts

This is post number 100 on my website! To celebrate I am going to take a look back at my previous posts. My prior posts add up to approximately 70,000 words or 250 pages – that is the size of a book! At approximately one hour per page that equals approximately six weeks of full-time […]

Syntax Highlighting on the Web

I have finally added syntax highlighting to my website using Google Code Prettify. My code examples will now be nicely colored based on syntax. Integrated development environments have been doing this for at least ten years. When I was first introduced to syntax highlighting in IDEs I found it a tremendous productivity boost for reading […]

Organizing Information: Using Tags versus Categories

I recently upgraded WordPress – the software that runs this site – to version 2.3. New in this latest version is support for tags. Each post can be associated with any number of keywords or key phrases called tags, and navigation elements can be added to display the set of tags. Probably the most commonly […]

Running My Website: One Year Retrospective

I am happy to announce that this is the one-year anniversary of my website! I wanted to take this opportunity to share my observations and lessons learned since my last retrospective after the first three months. Running my website has continued to be an incredible learning experience. I have learned more about building web traffic […]

Website Changes and the Value of Feedback

I recently had an experience that reinforced for me the value of seeking feedback. When I first started creating my website, I invested much time and energy into developing the look and feel. When I finally launched, I was quite pleased with my work. But I didn’t let that deter me from making improvements. A […]

Why Blogs are Popular

On the surface, a blog appears to be nothing more than a personal website, and those have been around since the web started. So why has blogging exploded in the last six years? I think the reason can be summarized in two words: usability and community. Blogging software is typically used to create blogs. Once […]

Running My Website: 3 Month Retrospective

My website has been operating now for three months, and it has been an incredible learning experience. I thought I’d take the opportunity to share my observations and lessons learned – especially since some of them are applicable to operating and maintaining software applications of any type. If you’ve read my articles on learning (starting […]

Running WordPress 2.0 under IIS

WordPress is the blogging / content management software I use to run this site. WordPress was designed to run under the Apache web server. However, the hosting company for my website uses Microsoft’s IIS web server to serve most content, including PHP files which WordPress uses. Setting up WordPress to work under IIS was non-trivial, […]