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July, 2018

  • 3 July

    Understanding The <BASE> Tag in 2018

    The <BASE> tag has been a part of HTML for decades now, and little has changed with the tag itself as we’ve transition to 2018. At its core, the <BASE> tag creates a document base – off which relative hyperlinks in the body of the document will go. Change The Base URL For All Links On A Page By default, ...

June, 2018

  • 30 June

    How To Check Which Linux Shell You’re Using

    The majority of Linux based hosting servers generally use the BASH shell, or Bourne Again Shell. As such this is what we base most of our Linux server tutorials on. However other Linux shell’s exist, and it’s a good idea to make sure you know what Linux shell you’re using when you first login to a server. Luckily – getting ...

  • 30 June

    The BASH Shell: Copy, Move & Delete Files on Linux Servers

    Any webmaster will inevitably find themself staring at a terminal screen, tasked with a job of performing some management/maintenance work on a Linux based server. Most of the time you’ll find yourself doing basic tasks – like moving files, removing unnecessary directories, and renaming other ones. All of these things can be accomplished using a few simple commands – which ...

February, 2018

  • 27 February

    How To Setup Linux on Amazon EC2 with Apache, PHP & MySQL

    AWS is quickly turning into an extremely common solution – offering significantly more features than most VPS hosting providers, while also keeping the costs down. As such plenty of people aare turning to AWS for their online projects, starting from basic WordPress blogs – through to complex online applications. Through this tutorial we are going to cover how to use ...

July, 2017

  • 1 July

    How To Populate A DIV via an HTML SelectBox, PDO, and jQuery

    Imagine you have a database full of information, and you want to let users browse that data in the simplest way possible. Say you have a wide selection of data surrounding song titles & their artists, and you want to create a simplified search system that lets users select a song and instantly see who that song was by. You ...

June, 2017

  • 1 June

    5 Must Have WordPress Optimization Plugins For A Fast Loading Website

    Having a fast loading website is essential these days. First off, users are impatient. If it takes too long for your website to load up, people are simply going to click away and go somewhere else. Attention spans are shorter than ever, and a slow website can result in much more than just less visitors these days. It can mean ...

May, 2017

  • 25 May

    A Basic Guide to Converting Your Website From Drupal to WordPress

    WordPress as a CMS tool provides a heap of extraordinary features that make it unrivaled and unmatched when compared with any other CMS. Seeing its immense popularity and benefits, many website owners are migrating from other platforms to WordPress. One of the popular CMS tools other than WordPress is Drupal, and just like WP, Drupal also possesses a wide range ...

  • 15 May

    How To Validate Form Data With PHP

    Whenever you’re dealing with online forms it’s important to perform proper validation on the data that is submitted. Form validation ensures that the user will enter valid data on the form – minimizing your chances at possible SQL injections. PHP lets us perform server-side validation, and lets us display the appropriate error messages if a user enters incorrect values. Throughout this ...

April, 2017

  • 29 April

    What’s The Best Way To Save A PNG in Adobe Photoshop?

    One of the most common questions that comes up from beginner-level Adobe Photoshop users is which options should you be selecting when saving a PNG. What is the best way to save a PNG file? Photoshop opens a pop-up whenever you select to save an image as a PNG, and most people simply leave the default options selected whenever it ...

February, 2017

  • 9 February

    The Easiest Techno Dots Texture You’ll Ever Make

    Polka Dots or Techno Dots as I like to call them are a great way to spice up any design – and I have an extremely easy way to quickly create them. As usual, start things off with a new file with a white background. Then open the Channels Panel via Window > Channels and create a New Channel. Now using ...

November, 2016

  • 30 November

    Create Accordions Using The New <DETAILS> & <SUMMARY> Tags in HTML5.1

    HTML5.1 has brought about some amazing new features and functions, many of which used to be possible only via a JavaScript library like jQuery. Accordions have long been a popular way to categorize and simplify alot of content within a single page – and the most common way to create accordions in the past was using jQuery. HTML5.1 aims to ...

  • 29 November

    Block Referrals From Specific Domains

    Unfortunately these days not all traffic is good traffic – and as such the time may come when you may wish to block traffic that is coming from a certain referral domain. Firewall platforms such as Cloudflare have options for this available using their online dashboards – however you can accomplish the same thing without any fancy firewalls – simply ...

  • 29 November

    Easily Style Inline Quotations Using The Forgotten <Q> Tag

    I bet you never knew that HTML had a built-in method to display inline quotations – and there’s probably a good reason for that – until now. Over 9 years ago when HTML 4.0 was first released the world was introduced to the <q> tag – intended to display inline quotations that don’t require paragraph tags. By default all browsers ...

  • 26 November

    Do More With Horizontal Lines

    Chances are you probably already know about the <hr> tag available inside HTML – however did you know there are plenty of features and settings built into the default <hr> tag? Settings for width, height, and even color are all available within the base tag – and fully supported by modern browsers. <HR ALIGN="left|right|center" COLOR="color" WIDTH="width" SIZE="height"> The ALIGN parameter lets ...

  • 26 November

    Auto Generate Spam-Safe Email Links Using Javascript

    Back in 2007 Greg Burghardt published an article on the now-defunct Geocities featuring an extremely creative way to automatically generate email links while keeping your actual email address hidden from spam bots/crawlers. In fear that this function would get lost I have decided to republish it here on the Rapid Purple blog. First off – some understanding on how this works. ...

  • 15 November

    Creating Realistic Metal Screws

    Now that we have learned how to make our own custom wood textures, let’s add some screws to that wood! Start off with a new workspace, and draw on it a 64 x 64 pixel circle. To do so use the Elliptical Marquee tool, and on the top options bar select the Fixed Size option and input the appropriate height and ...

  • 15 November

    Custom Wood Panel Texture

    Wood textures have proven their popularity over the years – being incorporated into various website designs & graphic design elements for over a decade now. As such there are countless existing wood textures available across the Internet, most free for you to download. However sometimes a certain project requires an entirely custom made wooden texture. This Adobe Photoshop tutorial will ...

October, 2016

  • 12 October

    Hidden Features Inside Your WordPress Config File

    The wp-config.php file is one of the most important files related to your WordPress installation, however there is so much more to it than just the place your database settings are stored. Frankly most developers completely overlook many of the awesome features hidden within the wp-config.php file. This tutorial is designed to showcase some of the lesser-known functions and features ...

  • 12 October

    Using The History Palette Like A Pro

    Photoshop has an amazing tool that is often overlooked by most – the History palette. the History palette in Adobe Photoshop is the Undo/Redo function on crack. It constantly saves your edits, or states, as you are working – giving you restore points you can jump back and forth between. If you don’t see the History palette in your work-space ...

  • 3 October

    How Do I Set My Posts/Pages To Expire?

    Over my years of working with WordPress I have often seen some rather extreme measures being taken by webmasters to accomplish specific tasks/functions with their WordPress-powered websites. A perfect example was a client who was manually deleting her “limited time offer” sales Pages whenever her sale time would expire. This might not sound that bad, but this was one heck ...