Website Designers and Webmasters

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By: Ashton Sanders

Customizing WordPress RSS Feed- What Posts Display

May 22 2014

Filed under: Wordpress

The guys over at Katz, have created a perfect tutorial for creating your own RSS feed template for your theme. This will allow you to dig directly into your RSS code (for this custom file), and customize it as you please!

You can customize which posts show up in your RSS, by putting a WordPress Query right below the “do_action( ‘rss2_head’);”, and above the “while(…”.





By: Ashton Sanders

WordPress Plugin Settings: Contact Form 7

Jul 8 2011

Filed under: Email,Webmaster,Wordpress

I’ve used Contact Form 7 on a number of websites.

I dislike the default settings for the contact form because I like to realize when emails I get are from my website. (Also email providers like to see that the from address is actually from the same server where that domain is.) These settings also make it easier to reply to the website visitor.

Here’s what I change the Contact Form settings to:

Subject: Website Contact Request: [your-subject]
Additional Headers: Reply-To: [your-name] <[your-email]>

Ashton Sanders

By: Ashton Sanders

Websites in a Flash CSS Reset

Jul 1 2011

As one does more and more work with CSS, you start to create a CSS Reset that work well for you and your workflow. There is some important code that I always recommend having on any website, so it’s more of “CSS Starter Code” that a “CSS Reset”

/* ~-~-~~-~ CSS Starter Code -~-~-~-~ *\
|                                      |
|           by Ashton Sanders          |
|                                      |
\* ~-~-~~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ */

html, body, div, span, applet, object, iframe, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, p, blockquote, pre, a, abbr, acronym, address, big, cite, code, del, dfn, em, font, img, ins, kbd, q, s, samp, small, strike, strong, sub, sup, tt, var, dl, dt, dd, ol, ul, li, fieldset, form, label, legend, table, caption, tbody, tfoot, thead, tr, th, td {
margin: 0;
padding: 0;
border: 0;
outline: 0;
font-weight: inherit;
font-style: inherit;
font-size: 100%;
vertical-align: top;

ol, ul {
list-style: none;

html { overflow-y: scroll;}

strong, b {font-weight:900;}
em { font-style:italic; }
big { font-size: 1.17em }
small, sub, sup { font-size: .83em }
p { margin:1.12em 0;}

I’ll probably update this more in the future.


By: Ashton Sanders

PHP Mail Fail on Windows IIS Server

Jun 28 2011

Over the years I’ve transferred a number (too many) PHP websites to Windows servers running PHP (or have had to install PHP apps on a windows server, etc.). One of the biggest problems I always run into when using PHP on a Windows IIS Server is that the PHP Mail Function doesn’t work.

The solution is to change from using the PHP Mail Function to using Authenticated SMTP delivery. In essence, you’ll set up your web app to act like Outlook or Thunderbird to connect to an emailbox directly. This app obviously won’t download any emails; just send them.

You can search for “PHP SMTP email” to get some good solutions to how to handle this with a Pear script.

If you’re using WordPress, though there’s a very simple WordPress Plugin called WP-Mail-SMTP that does all the hard work for you. All you need to do is enter your server information and select your settings.

I just used it, and it took 5 minutes to setup and test.

By: Ashton Sanders

CenturyLink Support Still Sucks

May 19 2011

Filed under: Century Tel,Rant

It has been years since I have called CenturyLink (used to be CenturyTel), and their support still sucks. Either that or I must have the worst luck.

I’ve been paying for 6 MB/s for 4 years, but have only been getting 3 MB/s because I’m in a small town. Recently it’s dropped to 1.5MB/s.

I called their support to see what they can do. After a couple minutes of navigating to the “Having trouble with your High-Speed Internet Service” section, I reached a man:

“Hi, this is Stacey. How can I help you?”
“Hi, this is Ashton, and my Internet has slowed down. The number on account is ###.###.####” 😉
“Thank you. Please hold.”

After 30 seconds of hold music, I then heard a new phone navigation:

“Please press 1 for phone support. Please press 2 for Internet support.”

After navigating through that, I ended up with a nice lady who said she was part of the Toshiba(!?) Technical support staff… who ended up transferring me back to CenturyLink… Fantastic.

I still am getting 1/4 the Internet speed I’m paying for.


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