Archive for July, 2013

PHP Script To Change WordPress Hostname (URL)

Tech Supporton July 10th, 2013No Comments

Very often we move WordPress websites around. Whether it’s from staging to production or to a new hostname completely, you’ll need to make changes to the database in order to reflect this new URL properly. After getting frustrated of doing this manually, we looked for a better way.

Luckily, the WordPress Search and Replace Tool was exactly what we needed. Just download this file into your WordPress directory, load it in your web browser and wham! All your URLs are instantly updated.

Check it out. It’s one of our essential tools for WordPress.

Best Joomla Social Sharing Plugin or Module

Joomlaon July 9th, 2013No Comments

I’m not a big fan of Joomla, but we have a client that uses it, so we work with it. The other day, we needed a simple social sharing extension for Joomla and it took us a tremendous amount of effort to find one that did what we wanted it to, which was basically just display the social icons with share counts on articles and give us a module we could use for our mobile site as well.

A lot of the links on the Joomla extensions site are to outdated plugins or ones that have a limited set of icons or options. Many do not even the latest social sites like Google+, Pinterest and Reddit. It literally took hours of searching to find one that was relatively updated and did what we want – Social Share Buttons from e-max.

Joomla Social Sharing ExtensionThis plugin gave use the standard icons, share counts, and lots of customizations. Plus, they now have both a plugin and a module which were perfect for our needs. I’d highly recommend this extension as the best social sharing extension for Joomla.

The only problem is the fact that they include a hidden link back to their website in the code. This can be edited out, but it’s still a bit sneaky not to at least mention it.

Makes me long for WordPress, but we make do with what we have.