Archive for December, 2011

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

I’ve Uploaded My Images but they Still Don’t Appear

One problem a lot of web newbies have when creating their first web pages is that while the pages display perfectly okay on their computer, the images don’t appear once they upload the pages to their site. There are about half a dozen common errors that newbies make in the way they create and load […]

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Why You Can’t Block “View Source”

I am continually finding forum posts where web newbies are asking how to stop people from being able to view the source of their web page. The answer of course is don’t put it on the web. Any web page that is on the web no matter how you have encrytped in order to try […]

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Ask Felgall

In order to help those who find ONE of the pages on the main web site through a search engine to realise that there are lots more pages on the site that they may also find useful I have now added a “Related Articles” section to the bottom of most of the pages that will […]

Monday, December 26th, 2011

“The Tangled Web”

This book on web security starts by describing how each of the different web related protocols were developed independently of one another and then goes on to illustrate how this along with the way different people want to use the web leads to a range of security issues that are unlike any that occur anywhere […]

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Database Fields

Working out how to divide some of your database content up into separate fields is one of the earliest steps you need to carry out in designing a database. Database Fields

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Ask Felgall

Back in January I carried out the first phase of a major rewrite of the back end of my main site at This coming January I hope to carry out the second (and hopefully final) phase of the current back end rewrite. Prior to doing so I decided to make some cosmetic changes to […]

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Kiosk Mode and Popups

Why you can’t have popup windows at all when running a web browser in Kiosk mode. Kiosk Mode and Popups

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Fixed or Floating Layout

In this article I discussed whether a fixed or variable width layout for your web page is preferred and I covered the advantages and disadvantages of both and how to combine both to eliminate some of the disadvantages. What I didn’t cover is the difference between fluid and elastic floating layouts but then that’s a […]

Saturday, December 10th, 2011


“Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart” (or CAPTCHA for short) is one means that people have used to attempt to stop spambots from filling out and submitting forms. This short PHP script shows the basics of how to create one. CAPTCHA

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Add to Favourites

All browsers have an “add to favourites” link in the browser menu bar and so your visitors can easily bookmark your page if they want to. Some people still think people may be more likely to bookmark their page if they have a link to do it in the page itself. Not all browsers have […]

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Wandering Hearts

This is a brand new completely rewritten version of a script that I first wrote in 2005. Wandering Hearts

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Patching for Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 7 is still a popular enough browser that we cannot ignore it completely. Our pages must still be at least usable in those antiquated browsers or we’ll end up with a lot less visitors to our site than we would otherwise have. By including Microsoft conditional comments in our HTML we can hide […]