Category: Web Design

Installing IIS and PHP on Windows Server

Several years ago, I wrote an extensive article on creating a WIMP development stack (Windows, IIS, MySQL, PHP) and it’s been quite popular here on the site. I’ve meant to do an update for awhile now and finally got around to it this week! This time around, I decided...

Latest Mystery: Tracking Down the Archive

I installed The Events Calendar by Modern Tribe, Inc. on another site the other day so I could keep a community calendar of tech and business events. It seems like a pretty good WordPress plugin which is probably why it has over 700,000 installs. It’s not perfect – the...

Five WordPress Plugins That Will Enhance Your Website

WordPress is the most popular Content Management System, powering approximately a third of the world’s websites in September 2019 according to W3Techs.com. One of its advantages is the ability to quickly add almost any necessary features through the installation of plugins. The WordPress marketplace includes over 50,000 plugins, many...

How To Create a Local WordPress site with XAMPP

XAMPP is one of many AMP software stacks (Apache – MySQL – PHP) that can be used to create a local web development environment for design and testing.  It automatically installs and configures Apache as a web server so that you can view your pages through http://localhost, MySQL as...

Using JavaScript with ASP.NET

Why Use JavaScript? There are a few technologies that you must be comfortable with if you want to do any serious web development. HTML for content, CSS for formatting and JavaScript for dynamic programming are recognized as the three foundation skills that any good web designer needs. ASP.NET programmers...

A Complete Guide to Installing MySQL and PHP with IIS

Update:  A video update to this article for Windows Server 2016 / 2019 is available on YouTube.  I’m leaving this version up as a general guide for issues you might encounter in this type of installation. Please take this into consideration when downloading components. One of my latest projects...

Importing Meta Descriptions to Yoast SEO

In a recent post, I talked about using the WordPress plugin Add Meta Tags for adding meta descriptions and titles to posts and pages within my WordPress sites. It’s a simple SEO tool but works well. Nevertheless, I decided to switch my sites over to Yoast SEO for all...