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HTML parsing and web scraping using PHP

What is Web Scraping? According to Wikipedia, Web scraping means “Web scraping (web harvesting or web data extraction) is a computer software technique of extracting information from websites.” It simply means that you can copy data from other websites to show or store it on your website. Lets say you want to create a currency exchange calcular but you don’t want to input currency rates everyday on the website because its tedious work. You can purchase an API that can cost you around 500 USD or more or you can simply parse......

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5 reasons to never use Flash on your website

Back in the 2000’s, When Flash came out first time with its smooth animations and sound support, It amazed me. I learnt Flash animations so that I can make my website cooler (I know but It was early 2k) but now days I recommend my clients to tick off the flash off their project list for following reasons Stability and performance issues Flash can make low end machines crippling slow because it guzzles resources like nothing else. Remember the browser crashes when you tried loading it in the past? Yeah. Poor Usability......

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wordpress banned title words list

Why do you need a banned word list for titles? Running a blog with multiple authors is such a nightmare. You got to deal with many things and on the top of the all you also got to look for the content being posted on the blogs. You can either reduce the access level of bloggers and read all the content first by yourself and then publish it but it would take like forever and it would only add another task to your responsibilities. Then there is this way, in which you......

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generate pdf from php php2pdf

Why Generate PDF Files With PHP? No site is completed with out generating PDF file reports today. There are plenty of open source free libraries to achieve this task but my personal favorite is FPDF class. I find it suitable for the task because of its simplicity, relatively smaller size and ease of use. Just head to the fpdf.org to download a free copy of the library. Unzip it in your web directory and include “fpdf.php” and that’s about it. Source Code Below, You can find a pretty basic no bells and whistles code......

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Increasing logged-in expiry time of your wordpress website

Why Increase Loggin-in Expiry Time Sometimes while developing a wordpress website, you dont want wordpress to log you off automatically from the website you are working on or in an other case, you might want to increase log-in expiry timer for your website’s users. Here’s a tiny piece of code that you can copy and paste into your functions.php file to help achieve the goal. Source Code   You can reach Waqas Yousaf through twitter @wiqi....

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enable gzip compression

What is GZIP Compression You need to enable GZIP compression on your website to reduce load time of your website. Sharp website development and aggressive search engine optimization (SEO) is vital for every website but adding heap of content takes it tool on your website’s viewership. Research shows that your website will leave your website if it made them more than 20 seconds. Modern website designs are incomplete without CSS, Java scripts, PHP and images but sometimes these things piles so much that they choke the bandwidth of the consumer and consumers......

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6 keyword tools for your website’s SEO and PPC success

Why keyword tools are important for website’s SEO Getting your website trended for a specific keyword has become an art now a days. People are trying hard to get the ranks of their websites better and taking them on the first page of famous search engines like google and Bing. Getting your website filled with content is not hard but this task becomes tricky when you have to put some content on your website that is specific, relevant and that can take your website off to the first page. Researching right keywords......

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PHP date and time functions refernce cheatsheet

Why Do I Need PHP Date And Time Refernce? Need for a PHP date and time reference arose when I was working on a blog and I had to check for the date and time functions every now and then. Let me admit something here. Nobody is a perfect programmer. We usually need references and cheatsheets to get out word done quickly. PHP like every other maintained programming language has like thousands if not millions of function names and parameters. I cannot remember all the functions and classes for a specific task.......

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