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Andrew has been coding PHP applications since 2006, and has plenty of experience with PHP, MySQL, and Apache. He prefers Ubuntu Linux on his desktop and has plenty of experience at managing CentOS web servers. He is the owner of Wells IT Solutions LLC, and develops PHP applications full time for anyone that needs it as well as does desktop computer support locally in the local area. He spends most of his free time exploring new programming concepts and posting on The Webmaster Forums.

  • Akismet Class/Library for Codeigniter

    Using Akismet to block spam on your WordPress blog is a no-brainer, but what about your custom blog or article site? It is possible to extend the Akismet anti-spam service to your own custom website. In this article, you will find a fully functional Akismet library for CodeIgniter as well as instructions and usage examples.

    Published: February 5th, 2009 by:
  • Get the Lat/Lon Location of Major US Cities

    In this article, learn how to fetch the latitude & longitude location of all major US cities. I’m going to provide you with a comprehensive list of almost 500 major US cities as well as the source, so you can get the updated list as city sizes change.

    Published: January 27th, 2009 by:
  • Omit the PHP Closing Tag

    This is just a simple tip that presents a simple proposition – stop closing your PHP tags. Why? I will explain in this article. Keep in mind that this idea / standard only applies to PHP files that are only for PHP – no HTML.

    Published: January 27th, 2009 by:
  • Sort Posts by Comment Count in WordPress

    I use this technique to show the most popular posts on our homepage, and although this isn’t a core feature in WordPress, it’s not all that hard to do. All it takes is a little PHP and a single edit to one of your WordPress template files.

    Published: January 20th, 2009 by:
  • Encrypting Password & Other Sensitive Information

    Encrypting sensitive data is extremely important. You, as the webmaster or database administrator, needs to make sure that the data is safe, even if it falls in the wrong hands. In this article, I will show you how to use MD5 and SHA1 encryption in PHP.

    Published: January 13th, 2009 by:
  • Load RSS Feeds into PHP Arrays with lastRSS

    RSS Feeds are a great way to keep up with the latest news and blog sites, but we can also use them to bring data into our PHP applications. In this article, I will show you how to load any RSS feed into variables that you can manage in PHP.

    Published: January 6th, 2009 by:
  • Locate the Nearest Radar Station and Display Radar Images

    Including up-to-date radar images on your website is easier than you might think. In this article, I am going to share where you can get radar images for free for US radar sites and even share some sample code that will fetch the closest radar site by lat/lon and display it on your website.

    Published: January 2nd, 2009 by:
  • How to Get the Geographic Location of an IP Address

    An IP address used to mean nothing to us, other than where they are in the cyber world, but it is now possible to find out where they are in the real world, using databases that are freely available. In this article, I will disclose where you can get a free database that will tell […]

    Published: December 26th, 2008 by:
  • How to Post Data and Fetch Remote Pages from PHP Scripts

    There are times where a PHP script needs to fetch the HTML from a remote page, or even post some data to a remote location. Learning how to use cURL or fsockopen() can be time consuming and unnecessary. There is a nice PHP class called Snoopy that can take care of all these functions very […]

    Published: December 18th, 2008 by:
  • 5 Sources of Free Weather Data for your Site

    The weather has always fascinated me, and I actually almost became a meteorologist instead of a full-time entrepreneur. I recently had a project where I had to pull tons of weather data and display it on a website. It took tons of research to find what I was looking for, so I am presenting all […]

    Published: December 11th, 2008 by: