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Change local server time using php.ini on a shared hosting environment

Have you ever been a cheapskate and opted for a shared hosting environment in a foreign country merely because it was cheaper? Haver you ever been frustrated for not being able to control the server system time because obviously, that is not your server?

Cheapskate – A stingy person. Somebody who buys cheap in favour of higher quality or better stuff. Even though they might be able to afford the better. Perhaps ungenerously trying not to spend much on their friends. Not particularly offensive, and often intended to ridicule in a light-hearted manner. North American origin (skate apparently meaning fellow).


Well the good news is you can use the php.ini file in your shared hosting account to take control of the server local time as follows:

A list of supported time zones:


List all WordPress Categories and their IDs

These few lines can save your life if you are “stupid” like me:


WordPress | Get content from a specific post using post_id


This is really simple to understand:



Good bye!

How to remove a div containing a button using jQuery




30 Regex Code Snippets All Web Developers Should Know

Regular expressions are a powerful tool that should be in every developer’s tool belt. They can match against a string of characters based on very complex parameters, which can save you a lot of time when building dynamic websites.

Web developers face different tasks than software developers but many of the same code fundamentals remain. Regular expressions (or regex) do have a steep initial learning curve, but they can be tremendously powerful when used correctly.

The trickiest part is learning the syntax and learning how to write your own regex code from scratch. To save time I’ve organized 30 different regex code snippets that you can incorporate into development projects. And since regex isn’t limited to a single language, you can apply these snippets to anything fromJavaScript to PHP or Python.

1. Password Strength


Checking a password’s strength is often subjective so there is no absolute correct answer. But I feel this regex snippet is a great starting point if you don’t want to write your own password strength checker from scratch.

2. Hexadecimal Color

\#([a-fA-F]|[0-9]){3, 6}

The field of web development is ubiquitous with hex color codes. This regex snippet can be used to pull hex code matches from any string for any purpose.

3. Validate E-mail Address


One of the most common tasks for a developer is to check if a string is formatted in the style of an e-mail address. There are many different variants to accomplish this task, so this SitePoint link offers two distinct code snippets for checking e-mail syntax against a string.

4. IPv4 Address


Similar to an e-mail address is the typical IP address used to identify a specific computer accessing the Internet. This regular expression will check a string to see if it follows the IPv4 address syntax.

5. IPv6 Address


Alternatively you might want to check an address for the newer IPv6 syntax with this more advanced regex snippet. The difference is minor albeit vital during development.

6. Thousands Separator


Traditional numbering systems require a comma, period, or some other mark every third digit in a larger number. This regex code operates on any number and will apply any mark you choose to every third digit separating into thousands, millions, etc.

7. Prepend HTTP to Hyperlink

if (!s.match(/^[a-zA-Z]+:\/\//))
    s = 'http://' + s;

Whether you’re working in JavaScript, Ruby or PHP, this regular expression can prove very helpful. It will check any URL string to see if it has an HTTP/HTTPS prefix, and if not, prepend it accordingly.

8. Pull Domain from URL


Every website domain contains the initial protocol(HTTP or HTTPS) and oftentimes a subdomain plus the additional page path. You can use this snippet to cut through all of that and return just the domain name without extra frills.

9. Sort Keywords by Word Count

^[^\s]*$        matches exactly 1-word keyword
^[^\s]*\s[^\s]*$    matches exactly 2-word keyword
^[^\s]*\s[^\s]*     matches keywords of at least 2 words (2 and more)
^([^\s]*\s){2}[^\s]*$    matches exactly 3-word keyword
^([^\s]*\s){4}[^\s]*$    matches 5-words-and-more keywords (longtail)

Users of Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools will really enjoy this regular expression. It can sort and organize keywords based on the number of words used in a search.

This can be numerically specific (i.e. only 5 words) or it can match a range of words (i.e. 2 or more words). When used to sort analytics data this is one powerful expression.

10. Find a Valid Base64 String in PHP

\?php[ \t]eval\(base64_decode\(\'(([A-Za-z0-9+/]{4})*([A-Za-z0-9+/]{3}=|[A-Za-z0-9+/]{2}==)?){1}\'\)\)\;

If you’re a PHP dev then at some point you may need to parse through code looking for Base64 encoded binary objects. This snippet can be applied to all PHP code and will check for any existing Base64 strings.

11. Valid Phone Number

^\+?\d{1,3}?[- .]?\(?(?:\d{2,3})\)?[- .]?\d\d\d[- .]?\d\d\d\d$

Short, sweet, and to the point. This regex code will validate any traditional phone number syntax based primarily on the American style of phone numbers.

Since this can turn into a fairly complicated subject I recommend skimming this Stack thread for more detailed answers.

12. Leading & Trailing Whitespace

^[ \s]+|[ \s]+$

Use this code snippet to pull out leading/trailing whitespace from a string. This may not be a big deal but sometimes it can affect output when pulled from a database or applied to another document encoding.

13. Pull Image Source

\< *[img][^\>]*[src] *= *[\"\']{0,1}([^\"\'\ >]*)

If for some reason you need to pull out an image’s source straight from HTML, this code snippet is the perfect solution. Although it can run smoothly on the backend, frontend JS devs should instead rely on jQuery’s .attr() method for the frontend.

14. Validate Date in DD/MM/YYYY Format


Dates are tricky because they can appear as text+numbers, or just as numbers with different formats. PHP has a fantastic date function but this isn’t always the best choice when pulling a raw string. Consider instead using this regular expression made for this specific date syntax.

15. YouTube Video ID Match


YouTube has kept the same URL structure for years because it just works. It’s also the most popular video sharing site on the web, so YouTube videos tend to drive the most traffic.

If you need to pull out a YouTube video ID from a URL this regex code is perfect and should work perfectly for all variants of YouTube URL structures.

16. Valid ISBN

/\b(?:ISBN(?:: ?| ))?((?:97[89])?\d{9}[\dx])\b/i

Printed books follow a system of numbering known as ISBN. This can get rather tricky when you consider differences between ISBN-10 and ISBN-13.

However this incredible snippet allows you to validate an ISBN number and check if it’s ISBN10 or 13. All code is written in PHP so this should prove exceptionally useful to web developers.

17. Check Zip Code


The creator of this snippet not only released his work for free, but he also took the time to explain it. You’ll find this snippet useful whether you’re matching a typical 5-digit zip code or the lengthier 9-digit version.

Keep in mind this is meant primarily for the American system of zip codes so this may require adjustments for other countries.

18. Valid Twitter Username


Here’s a very small code snippet for matching against Twitter usernames found in a string. It checks for @mention syntax which is perfect for automatically scanning the contents of a tweet (or tweets).

19. Credit Card Numbers


Validating a credit card number often requires a secure platform hosted elsewhere online. But regex can be used for the minimal requirements of a typical credit card number.

A more comprehensive list of codes for individual cards can be found here. This includes Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and many others.

20. Find CSS Attributes


It may be rare to run regex over CSS but it’s not an incredibly odd situation either.

This code snippet can be used to pull out every matching CSS property and value from individual selectors. It can be used for any number of reasons, possibly to view chunks of CSS or to remove duplicate properties.

21. Strip HTML Comments


If for whatever reason you need to remove all comments from a block of HTML, this is the regex code to use. Along with the expression you’ll find a PHP example using preg_replace.

22. Facebook Profile URL


Facebook is incredibly popular and has gone through many different URL schemes. In a situation where you’re taking profile URLs from users it might be helpful to parse strings and confirm that they’re structured properly. This snippet can do exactly that and it’s perfect for all FB-style links.

23. Check version of Internet Explorer

^.*MSIE [5-8](?:\.[0-9]+)?(?!.*Trident\/[5-9]\.0).*$

Microsoft’s move over to Edge has not been unanimous and many people still rely on classic Internet Explorer. Developers often need to check for versions of IE to handle inconsistencies with rendering engines.

This snippet can be used in JavaScript to test a browser agent based on which version of Internet Explorer (5-11) is being used.

24. Extract Price


Pricing comes in a variety of formats that contain decimals, commas, and currency symbols. This regular expression can check all these different formats to pull out a price from any string.

25. Parse E-mail Header


With this single line of code you can parse through an email header to pull out “to” information from the header. It can be used in tandem with multiple emails joined together.

If you prefer to avoid regex for this task you might instead rely on a parsing library.

26. Match a Particular Filetype


When you’re dealing with various file formats like .xml, .html, and .js, it can help to check files both locally and uploaded by users. This snippet pulls a file extension to check if it’s valid from a series of valid extensions which can be changed as needed.

27. Match a URL String


This snippet can be used both for HTTPS and HTTP strings to check if the text matches up to the traditional TLD domain syntax. There’s also a simple implementation of this regex using JavaScript’s RegExp.

28. Append rel=”nofollow” to Links

(<a\s*(?!.*\brel=)[^>]*)(href="https?://)((?!(?:(?:www\.)?'.implode('|(?:www\.)?', $follow_list).'))[^"]+)"((?!.*\brel=)[^>]*)(?:[^>]*)>

If you’re working with a batch of HTML code it can be gruesome to apply manual labor into repetitive tasks. Regular expressions are perfect for this occasion and they’ll save a whole lot of time.

This snippet can pull all anchor links from a block of HTML and append therel=”nofollow” attribute to every element. The developer who wrote this code was kind enough to publish the raw expression plus a working example in PHP.

29. Media Query Match


Break apart CSS media queries into their parameters and properties. This can help you analyze external CSS in a cleaner fashion with a more direct focus on how the code operates.

30. Google Search Syntax

/([+-]?(?:'.+?'|".+?"|[^+\- ]{1}[^ ]*))/g

You can build your own regex code for manipulating searchable text using Google’s trademark syntax. The plus sign (+) denotes additional keywords and the minus sign (-) denotes words that should be ignored and removed from results.

It’s a rather complicated snippet but used properly it can provide a base for building your own search algorithm.

How to get absolute path in Joomla! without FTP access

The 19th December 2014, we were faced with a little predicament where the client left the office to go on holiday without granting us access to their servers. We wanted to link attachments to pages using ChronoForms version 5 which required absolute path.

The interesting thing is they setup a Php server on a Windows 2008 server and everything in terms of directory structure threw me off completely. All my directory guess work failed.

The only easy option was to wait until the client returns from their holiday in 2015 or “kind of hack” my way on their server. I did attempted the hacking part and this is what I did:

  1. Installed DirectPhp plugin: Allowed me to execute Php directly from within articles.
  2. Executed the following Php script from within one of the articles (any):

Finally we got somewhere – the path was something like this:

Uhm… I wouldn’t have guessed that 🙂

110+ Google Now Voice Commands You Can Use

Google Now is Google’s answer to Siri. It is a smart, virtual, voice-enabled personal assistant developed by the search giant and acts as a handy add-on to the pure Android experience. It integrates well with Google’s services to provide you with updates and other information as per your preferences.

With Google Now, you become ‘Aladdin‘ while it is the ‘Genie of the magic lamp‘. All you need to do is say “Okay Google” to your device to open Google Now. Then, you say one of the magical voice commands to Google Now just as you were Aladdin making a wish. The microphone icon starts pulsing – giving you an indication that your phone (powered by Google Now) is listening. You give a command, and it does the required actions to complete the given task.

Let’s have a look at the collection of over more than a 100 ‘magical’ voice commands which provides you with touch-less control for your Android phone or tablet. The Voice commands below are categorized accordingly for easy navigation.

General Information

  • “Search for [WordPress hosting]?
  • “Say [where is the movie theatre] in [French]?”
  • “How do you say [hello] in [Spanish]?”
  • “What is [Android]?”
  • “Who invented [the computer]?”
  • “Define [contemporary]“
  • “What is the meaning of [world]?”
  • “Who is married to [Barack Obama]?”
  • “Stock price of [Google]“
  • “What is [Twitter] trading at?”
  • “Author of [Da Vinci Code]“
  • “How old is [Tom Cruise]?”
  • “Where was [Martin Luther King Jr.] born?”
  • “Show me pictures of [the Taj Mahal]“
  • “Post to Google+ [I’m loving it]“
  • “Post to Twitter [Google Now is awesome!]“


  • “Open [Calendar]“
  • “Launch [Hangouts]“
  • “Take a [picture / photo / selfie]“
  • “Record a video”

Notes & Reminders

  • “Remind me to [buy groceries] at [6 PM]“
  • “Remind me [when I get / next time I’m at] [home / work / other location] [to call John]“
  • “Note to self: [My password for is 123456]“

Alarms & Calendar

  • “Set an alarm for [6 AM]“
  • “Set a timer for [30 minutes]“
  • “Wake me up in [2 hours]“
  • “Create a calendar event: [Party with Colleagues] [Sunday at 9 PM]“
  • “When’s my [next meeting]?”
  • “What is my schedule for [tomorrow]?”

Time & Date

  • “What time is it in [San Francisco]?”
  • “When is the sunset [in London (optional)]“
  • “What is the timezone of [Hong Kong]“
  • “Time at [home / work]“


  • “Call [Sara]“
  • “Call [the Asian Art Museum]“
  • “Call [mom / dad / wife / uncle / aunt …]” (Relationship must be added for your contacts)
  • “Send [email] to [Storm], [Subject: Meeting], [Message: Re-scheduled to 5PM]“
  • “Send [SMS] to [Sam mobile], [don’t forget to buy movie tickets]“
  • “[Contact name]“
  • “Find [Sam’s] [phone number / email / address]“
  • “Listen to voicemail”
  • “When is [Mary’s] birthday?”


  • “Weather”
  • “What’s the weather like?”
  • “Do I need an umbrella today?”
  • “Is it going to rain [tomorrow / Monday]“
  • “What’s the weather in [California]?”
  • “How’s the weather in [New Jersey] on [Thursday] going to be?”

Maps & Navigation

  • “Map of [London]“
  • “Where’s my hotel?”
  • “Find the [Eiffel Tower]“
  • “Where is [the Louvre]“
  • “Show me the nearby [shopping mall] on map”
  • “Navigate to [London] on car”
  • “How far is [Washington] from [California]?”
  • “Directions to [address / business name / other destination]“
  • “What are some attractions in [New York City]?”

Calculations & Conversions

  • “[arithmetic expression] equals”
  • “How much is [10] times [15]?”
  • “What is [32] percent of [1024]?”
  • “Square root of [441]“
  • “What is the tip for [90] euros?”
  • “Convert [currency / length …] to [another currency / length …]“


  • “How are [the New York Yankees] doing?”
  • “When is the next [Los Angeles Lakers] game?”
  • “Show me the [Premier League] table”
  • “Did [Bayern Munich] win their last game?”

Flight Information

  • “Flight [AA 125]?”
  • “Flight status of [AA 125]“
  • “Has [LH 210] landed?”
  • “When will [AA 120] land / depart?”
  • “Show me my flights”

Web Browsing

  • “Go to [Tech Crunch]?”
  • “Open []“
  • “Show me []“
  • “Browse to []“


  • “Listen to / play [Gangnam Style] by [PSY]?”
  • “YouTube [how to cook chicken]?”
  • “Who acted in [Clash of the Titans]?”
  • “Who is the producer of [Gladiator]?”
  • “When was [The Last Airbender] released?”
  • “Runtime of [Avatar]“
  • “Listen to TV”
  • “What’s this song?”
  • “What songs does [Britney] sing?”
  • “Play some music”
  • “Watch [Toy Story 2]“
  • “Read [the Aesop’s Fables]“
  • “What movies are playing [tonight]?”
  • “Where is [Thor] playing?”


  • “Help me”
  • “Where’s my package?” (tracking confirmation must be in Gmail)
  • “Show me the menu for [Los Cubanos]“

Easter Eggs

  • “When am I?”
  • “Do a barrel roll”
  • “What’s the loneliest number?”
  • “Make me a sandwich!”
  • “Sudo, make me a sandwich!”
  • “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.”
  • “Beam me up, Scotty!”
  • “Tilt / Askew”
  • “Up up down down left right left right”
  • “Tea, Earl Grey, hot” (That’s a hard one)
  • “Go go gadget [app name]“
  • “When does the narwhal bacon?”
  • “What is the Bacon number of [random actor]?”
  • “What does the fox say?”
  • “What is the nature of the universe?”
  • “Who’s on first?”
  • “Lions, and Tigers, and Bears…”
  • “Who are you?”
  • “What is the answer to life, the universe and everything?”


Voice commands are not only useful in various situations, but they also prove to be fun sometimes. You can even experiment with various commands by using different phrases, and you’ll be surprised at how much Google Now understands you. Start using voice commands on your Android device and take a leap forward to the future of mobile technology.

Are there any other voice commands we may have missed? You can always share it with us in the comments section below.




Import Web fonts from Google directly from your css

This is a simple way of importing Google web fonts from within your stylesheet (CSS).



How to Hide JavaScript Errors on IE

Add below piece of code on your page <head> tags.


How to conditionally load Internet Explorer stylesheets conditionally.

How to conditionally load Internet Explorer stylesheets conditionally.



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