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How to Avoid a Server Apocalypse

As we all know, running an un-managed server can be a hassle. There’s always something you’re not prepared for–and that’s what my story is about! Sometime ago I was dealing with brute force attacks, and during that time, I thought it was fun to out-wit my attackers. … Read More The post How to Avoid a Server Apocalypse appeared first on

Java: Catching all Exceptions

So here’s the thing.  I’m not REALLY a Java guy. Yes I did, however, write most of the starting code for WooMinecraft, but that was more of a test on getting into Java itself, not really to write the plugin.

My day job is as a WordPress developer over at WebDevStudios. So I’m really limited on the time I get to spend with Java, which makes it more of a hobby and a side project. This is evident if you look at the commit logs for WooMinecraft.

However, this weekend I’ve started work on a sort of “remote white-list management” for Minecraft. To get you up to speed, Minecraft, while being a game, is still pretty in-depth if you play modded Minecraft like Feed the Beast or Tekkit, or other packs.  Anyhow, I’m not going to try to explain it completely, but basically for me, Minecraft is a Java playground.

From GPL to Commercial

For some time, I’ve had this one plugin, not many know it exists, and it literally had only ONE install, which was me. To be clear, this is NOT talking about Content Warning v2 – I would NEVER make that commercial. Too many sites use it.  Rather; this is talking about Minecraft Suite. Minecraft Suite is more of a passion project of mine, and has been for some time.  I’ve added code that’s needed to accommodate my day-to-day server management needs. To date it only has two features: Server Status Widget – Shows rather a server is online or offline. Whitelist Application Management – A form, shortcode, and corresponding back-end post type to store/approve white-list applications. Not much to go commercial I know, but hear me out. I…

Back to Civilization

After the nuclear fallout that was my web-server crash, I finally took some time to bring the site back online. A bit bland obviously, mainly due to my lack of ‘wanting to put everything back’. I gotta say, after a crash like that, completely losing my entire database. It was utterly stupid of me to assume ‘that won’t happen to me’ — when it obviously did. Hmpf, oh well, shit happens I guess, time to rebuild! Time to rebuild it BETTER, and MORE AMAZING! Until then, you may want to checkout the AWESOME company I work for, or even some of my blog articles there. Check out my profile @ Follow me on Twitter for random happenings/thoughts

Common Freelancer Fails and How to Avoid Them

The freelancing world is a fierce place to be, and for a newbie freelancer, this is especially true. Competing against the world online can seem like a futile endeavor, which is why most freelancers start off in their hometown or nearby cities working for local business. … Read More The post Common Freelancer Fails and How to Avoid Them appeared first on

DIY: Twitter Share Counts (Part 2)

In part one, I showed you how to talk to the Twitter API, get the tweets, and count them. In this post, I’m going to show you how to handle those popular posts with 100+ tweet shares, we’re going to loop over (or paginate) the … Read More The post DIY: Twitter Share Counts (Part 2) appeared first on

DIY: Twitter Share Counts (Part 1)

From time to time, you may get clients that want share counts to be displayed on their site. There are indeed SAAS (software as a service) services out there that do this for you, but what if a third party isn’t possible? Since Twitter dropped their JSON … Read More The post DIY: Twitter Share Counts (Part 1) appeared first on

Debugging WordPress Tips and Snippets

Most developers know of the common WP_DEBUG in the config file, but some don’t know there are way more possibilities with WordPress and PHP in general. In this article, I’m going to show you some tips and tricks that I use when debugging WordPress plugins and themes. The … Read More The post Debugging WordPress Tips and Snippets appeared first on

Let’s Talk Cron

We’ve all heard about it, and we’ve all had to deal with it: Missed posts! It’s especially painful if you depend on your post content to get out on time, or worse, if you’re scheduling your posts to a social media outlet of some sort! … Read More The post Let’s Talk Cron appeared first on

Lesson Learned: PHP Memory Limits

If there is one thing I really love to do, it’s migrations. While the requirements for a migration vary from project to project, the purpose is generally the same: Get data from point A to point B in a reasonable amount of time, and automate … Read More The post Lesson Learned: PHP Memory Limits appeared first on

Making Developer-Friendly Themes and Plugins

As every newbie knows, when you’re starting out it’s much easier to download or purchase a theme or plugin than to make your own. However, as you grow into WordPress, you find these ‘commercial’ themes/plugins cumbersome to edit or extend. In this post, I’ll show … Read More The post Making Developer-Friendly Themes and Plugins appeared first on