Breaking the WordPress 8MB upload limit

The bit most tutorials on increasing upload size miss - and why you are stuck on 8MB or another number. The answer is one quick edit away [...]


Today marked the launch of Nominet’s new domain space without the middle bit. We celebrated by registering It is up and working and all went swimmingly well [...]

QwikSites makes its mark!

5pm on a Friday is when my email inbox goes wild. It feels like everybody on the planet is trying to complete their week's actions by passing them on to me! The weekend has to be delayed by an hour or so as I try to score some brownie points by completing the easy ones and finding victims to forward the others. And so as I was closing my desktops down at 6.30pm I was annoyed to hear yet another plomp in. But it was the start of a good weekend. Confirmation from the Government Trademark office that QwikSites was now a registered trademark [...]

Heartbleed Sorted!

We're OK - it says here: The internet's biggest vulnerability in a decade was made public this week affecting web, mail and other servers around the world. An error in a widely used security library would enable an attacker to gain access to a small part of memory [...]

1-2-3 Reg Rip Off

The Register reports Nominet Domain Registra 1-2-3 has introduced a stealth charge on customers wishing to transfer out their uk domains (changing the IPS TAG). Anybody who succumbed to their promotional offers to register domains are now having them held hostage despite previously promising there would be no transfer out charge [...]

Domain Fatigue

This year I have been receiving a sledgeload of spam emails urging me to register the new TLDs. Todays lot includes the riveting: .directory .technology .contractors .construction .land .today .kitchen Will I be getting any? No. Does it change my attitude to holding domains? Yes. Result? Divestment. Impact - our clients are doing the same and damaging our business [...]

Wasted by WordPress 3.8

Blind panic this week when our upgrade from 3.7 to 3.8 left our clients unable to log in. A bit fundamental that. This was on our major domain multisite implementation. Which means we won't be the only ones to be hit. Google is supposed to be your friend but all relevant search terms produced nought. Panic increases. Luckily I can still login as the network admin but what was happening and what do we say to our clients? [...]

More than one way of skinning … a forum

Since version phpBB 3.0.3 very little has happened. It was ... SOCIAL MEDIA. No more, the rise of Twitter and Facebook has made forums a minority interest. Will it fade away as a medium for public discussion as did Usenet? Meanwhile amongst the other forum products the sale of the commercial VBulletin appears to have moved the market. What should a Forum Administrator do to keep a forum alive? [...]

Google Map Serfdom

According to my good friend and slavedriver TOGGL my largest slab of time last week was spent on upgrading Google Maps API version 2 to API version 3. This didn't come as a surprise as our dear friends from Mountain View had declared API 2 dead after November 19th. They did, in their strange way say that they would put an envelope around API version 2 so that most stuff would continue to work under version 3. We had our doubts but we shared Google's assurance and presented them with the choice [...]

In praise of … Toggl

"I work longer hours than you" ... is what so many of us think and occasionally brag. Running a business so often means we have no defined hours and work can so easily creep into evenings and weekends. Not to mention weekend evening and even nights! We can sometimes add those hours up but are they all really work? I was shocked a few weeks ago to look at my own productivity. It was dire. All the long extra hours was but poor compensation for that problem at my and my family's expense.