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Step into the mind of a long-time developer, long-time server manager, and full-time geek 🙂

Since I am currently running into this issue right now as I type this, I though I would share my experiences with moving a ModX Revolution site from one server to another.  It is not an easy task, but can be accomplished rather easily. The first thing you will need to do is to verify that your new server has PHP and MySQL installed, along with the PDO drivers. Next step is to search through your current database and change any physical paths it may contain to point to your new directory structure on the new server.  Once you have this done you are ready to do a mysqldump, if you have access to phpMyAdmin, take the easy route and simply do an export.  Make…

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I have become quite the ModX lover lately, I use it to run my site, as well as a great number of client websites and find that it is extremely speedy, easy to use (from my perspective), and easy to teach. There are a few things I don't like about it, but this post is not about that (well... at least not all of them :)).  This post is about SEO and URL Friendliness. Now ModX has a great built-in way to allow us to have friendly URLs for our content resources, however, by default all HTML content pages are given the .html extension.  While this normally is not a big deal, I am a bit of a stickler when it comes to my URL's.…

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Well kiddies time for another installment into my mind. :) Today I am going to tell you how I managed to install Windows 2008 R2 Server on a virtual machine on my Ubuntu Server.  Being a developer jack-of-all-trades I needed to have a very stable environment for some of the sites I develop, but still allow myself to develop for Microsoft. Yes, I went the ways of Linux...  infinately more stable as a server environment than windows is ;) You too can still have and develop for windows even if you have a Linux box.  It's not that hard to do, but it's also not that easy, there were times when I was ready to throw my machines to the wind. Here's how I did…

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I... Am a developer.  As a result, I know a multitude of different programming and scripting languages ranging from Visual Basic to HTML and just about everything between.  As a result I do a multitude of projects.  Now my main server.... the one I do the most development on is a Ubuntu Linux server... but because I also need to develop for Microsoft technologies, I need to have a Windows Server virtual machine on it. Since some of these sites I work on need to be run in a windows environment, I also need a way I can still send all my requests to and through my LAMP box, and pass them off to my windows VM residing on it. I will not go into…

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Mobile internet browsing is on the rise people!  As of this posting the number of people browsing the internet from a mobile device is up to 18% vs. a declining 82% browsing from a desktop computer.  These numbers are up 6% since this time last year. ~ http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_vs_desktop-ww-monthly-201209-201309 What does this tell us? Well, plain and simple, as time goes on and mobile devices keep improving we will see these numbers reverse... meaning soon enough it will be 82% browsing from mobile! How does this relate to web design? It means that we as web developers really need to take a step back and start planning more for the future of our clients and their online presence(s).  Even if it means we have to take a…

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