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By: Ashton Sanders

XO Hosting Review

Sep 23 2009

I’ve been fortunate to work with John Klein and some of the ladies over at KMP Advertising to help them create their new website. They created a beautiful website that I was proud to develop for them.

I built the website with a simple php include template and basic htaccess rewrite for the client pages.

XO Hosting meets Ashton Sanders

We had been planning on switching hosting accounts to my server, but when XO Hosting (there previous hosting provider) promised that it would destroy the email setup, we decided to keep it there. No problem. How bad could it be? If nothing else I will get to write a lengthy XO Hosting Review…

Last night, I started transferring the new website files to the XO Hosting server. I went to test one of the simplest pages on the site, and got an error that said:Â “CGI Scripting not allowed on this server.” Well that stinks. I waited till this morning so I could contact their technical support.

Thankfully, turning CGI Scripting (and PHP) was easy enough to do. Unfortunately, I hadn’t even gotten started on the problems with XO Hosting. Continue Reading…

By: Ashton Sanders

WordPress Events Calendar Plugin H2 Bug

Sep 10 2009

Filed under: Wordpress

I just installed WP Events Calendar (6.6-beta) for the first time and installed the large calendar on a page.

For some reason, the Month of the Calendar was an

and I couldn’t find the “Previous Month” and “Next Month” buttons. That is because there is an <H2> before the table that houses the months…

You can edit the HTML of that section aroun line 400 of “events-calendar/ec_calendar.class.php” Here’s what I did.

Before:

<h2 style="text-align:center;">
<table id="CalendarLarge-Header" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" border="0">
<tr>
<td width="25%"><div align="left"><span id="EC_previousMonthLarge"></span></div></td>
<td width="50%"><div id="EC_current-month" align="center"><div id="EC_ajaxLoader"><img src="$ajax_loader" /></div>$titMonth $year</div></td>
<td width="25%" align="right"><span id="EC_nextMonthLarge"></span></td>
</tr>
</table>
</h2>

After:

<table id="CalendarLarge-Header" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" border="0">
<tr>
<td width="25%"><div align="left"><span id="EC_previousMonthLarge"></span></div></td>
<td width="50%"><div id="EC_current-month" align="center"><div id="EC_ajaxLoader"><img src="$ajax_loader" /></div><h3>$titMonth $year</h3></div></td>
<td width="25%" align="right"><span id="EC_nextMonthLarge"></span></td>
</tr>
</table>

I just took out the <h2> and added an <h3> around the $titMonth $year. You can edit it as you wish.

Enjoy,
Ashton Sanders

By: Ashton Sanders

Eleven $6 Dollar Shirts

Aug 28 2009

Filed under: Ashton Sanders,Humor,Life

Well, I’m very excited today because my shirts finally arrived today. I purchased 11 shirts from 6 Dollar Shirts.com, and they finally arrived. With shipping, the total price came to less than $7 for each shirt!

They came in a surprisingly small box:

My 6 dollar shirts arrive

I laid them all out and took some pictures:

My 6 dollar shirts arrive
Click Here for larger picture.

I hope they last a very long time. I’ll post again later with an official review of how they last, but I’m sure they’re well worth the $7.

Here’s one pic of me sporting the “Old School” shirt:

Ashton Sanders wearing an Old School Nintendo shirt

Enjoy,
Ashton Sanders

By: Ashton Sanders

Humor: “how many your webisite”

Aug 28 2009

Filed under: Humor

On my Free Website Quote page, I have a cool little AIM chat box that allows visitors to chat with my AOL Instant Messenger account.

Just a few minutes ago, I had the funniest conversation I’ve ever had over a chat program. Here’s the transcript:

aimguest56199364
hi

WebsitesinaFlash
Hi

aimguest56199364
sandy

WebsitesinaFlash
Hi Sandy

aimguest56199364
how many your webisite
to build your web site

WebsitesinaFlash
I’m sorry?
How much did it cost to build my website? (ie. WebsitesinaFlash.com?)

aimguest56199364
ADoes it cost for a web sites
yes

WebsitesinaFlash
I didn’t charge myself to build my website so I don’t know how much it cost.
Are you looking for a website?

aimguest56199364
how many

WebsitesinaFlash
How many what?

aimguest56199364
just
just one

WebsitesinaFlash
What kind of website are you looking for? Every website costs a different amount to make.

aimguest56199364
Ashton are you here
Jewely

WebsitesinaFlash
You want to sell Jewelry online?

aimguest56199364
yes

WebsitesinaFlash
So you’re looking for a fully e-commerce website with website design, development, shopping cart, security system, online merchant, etc.?

aimguest56199364
SandyIs there a phone number that I can called to

WebsitesinaFlash
What?

aimguest56199364 signed off

HAHAHA. I have no idea what just happened.
-Ashton Sanders

By: Ashton Sanders

JQuery ThickBox Gallery Images Not Working

Jul 23 2009

Filed under: Javascript,Webmaster

Today was my first time using Thickbox, and I’m pretty satisfied. It’s got all the features I was looking for, namely “pop-in” images, iframes and galleries.

I didn’t really like how you had to add a querystring for the Thickbox iframes (I would prefer to use the rel attribute), but it still works fine.

Gallery Images Not Working

I’ve been banging my head against the keyboard for hours trying to fix this one little bug with Thickbox. For some reason, when I used the Thickbox Image Gallery, I couldn’t get the image to appear at all! Continue Reading…

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