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  Configure a PHP web server on CentOS


Are you used to use cPanel or Plesk on VPS for your PHP website management? If for some reason you don't want to use them? What can you do? How do you maintain your website? How do you access Emails, use FTP to upload files or use phpMyAdmin to manage your databases? You may need to configure all these services yourself on a VPS without cPanel or Plesk or other similar apps.But to configure all these services on a Linux server is not an easy job. You may spend many nights but still fail to get s...

   Cron,Linux,CentOS,Email,FTP,MySQL     2012-07-08 06:01:56


  Resolving error "SSL certificate problem: self signed certificate in certificate chain"


In a PHP application, cURL is frequently used to make connection to remote server to request some resource. It can be used to transfer data with different protocols such as HTTP, HTTPS, FTP etc. While using cURL in PHP, someone may get an error with message similar to "SSL certificate problem: self signed certificate in certificate chain". This may happen when cURL tries to make a SSL connection server and the server returns a server certificate which is self-signed and it's not trusted by the c...

   PHP,SSL,CURL,TWILIO     2016-06-26 07:17:23


  Useful functions to provide secure PHP application


Security is a very important aspect of programming. There are many functions or modules in any kind of real programming language providing security functionalities  In modern websites, we may often get inputs form users all around the world.There is a famous saying which says that never trust user input. So in web programming languages, we will often see functions which will guarantee the security of the data input from users. Today we will cover some of these functions in the most famous o...

   PHP,security,SQL Injection,XSS,AJAX     2014-10-30 04:21:59


  php://input in PHP


When using xml-rpc, server side will get the data from client with php://input method instead of $_POST. Hence today we will discuss php://input. PHP official manual has below explanation to php://input: “php://input allows you to read raw POST data. It is a less memory intensive alternative to $HTTP_RAW_POST_DATA and does not need any special php.ini directives. php://input is not available with enctype=”multipart/form-data”. Here we und...

   php://input, IO, input     2013-02-25 20:43:00


  Using JSON in PHP


Currently JSON has become one of the most popular data exchange formats. Many website APIs support it. Since PHP 5.2, PHP provides json_encode() and json_decode() method to handle JSON encoding and decoding.1. json_encode()This function is used to transform array and objects to JSON format. First let's look one array example.        $arr = array ('a'=>1,'b'=>2,'c'=>3,'d'=>4,'e'=>5);   echo json_encode($arr);the result is{"a":1,"b":2,"c":3,"...

   JSON,PHP,json_decode(0,json_encode()     2012-05-06 06:04:42


  Output a file with HTTP range header in PHP


When downloading a large file, we may encounter some network issues which causes download termination and only part of the file is downloaded. When the network connection resumes next time, we may need to redownload the file again from the beginning. In order to save bandwidth, http provides a Range parameter in its header which can control the file transfer flow. With the range parameter in the header, we can resume the download from where we stop. Here is a piece of PHP code snippet which uses...

   PHP, range,http, file transfer     2013-01-09 05:55:05


  Handy PHP functions should be in your toolkit


When developing projects, there are always some common work should be accomplished, for example, encrption/decryption, get IP. As a PHP developer, you should have a list of the handy functions in your toolkit so that you can pick up in every project you work on. Here is a summary of some handy PHP functions. 1. PHP encryption/decryption Encryption/decryption can be used when storing user confidential information such as passwords. Below function uses base64 and MD5 to accomplish encryption/decry...

   PHP,function,real IP,SQL injection     2014-12-06 08:46:08


  One reason why mcrypt responds slowly


This morning one colleague came over and talked about one script which used mcrypt responded very slowly, the server configurations are fine. But the reason for the slowness is unknown. Here is one script which reproduces the issue: <?php $dmcryptText = "dummy"; $key = "foobar"; $size = mcrypt_get_iv_size(MCRYPT_BLOWFISH,MCRYPT_MODE_ECB); $iv = mcrypt_create_iv($size); //Take care $m = mcrypt_ecb(MCRYPT_BLOWFISH, $key, $dmcryptText, MCRYPT_DECRYPT, $iv); var_dump($m); When 20 requests of&...

   SOLUTION,SLOW,MCRYPT,RESPONSE,PHP     2012-09-27 12:03:16


  New features in PHP 5.5


Just a few days ago, the PHP official website was redesigned. It seems we directly go from Web 1.0 era to Web 2.0 era. In addition to this new change, PHP 5.5 was also released. Some new features are added in this release. Here we summarize some of them. Enable OPCache by default When installing PHP 5.5, the Zend OPCache will be compiled as OPCache by default and OPCache is enabled by default. Some changes to the language itself Add Generator function getLinesFromFile($fileName) { if (!$file...

   PHP 5.5,New features,Generator     2013-07-05 03:13:22


  Top 10 Best Free PHP Frameworks of 2015


Like it or not, PHP is still, the most celebrated as well as an influential platform which is widely admired for its brilliant HTML, database integration support, intuitive features, and simple in learning too. Using diverse PHP frameworks, developers can create robust, effective, well- defined and stable web application with an ease and therefore, saving towards development cost is possible.   In essence, these frameworks facilitate scalability and enduring maintenance by obeying developm...

   PHP FRAMWORKS,CAKEPHP,LARAVEL,CODEIGNITER,ZEND ,PHALCONPHP,YII ,FUELPHP,SYMFONY,PHPIXIE,SLIM     2015-10-02 04:56:03