Articles

A collection of articles and snippets I've collected over the years.


How to import a Google Sitemap into a MySQL table

May 30, 2018

Here's a quick snippet showing how to import a Google Sitemap file into a MySQL table. This is useful if you need to do anything with the urls such as scrape the pages or check for 301/302/404...

How To Clear Google Chrome’s 301 Redirect Cache

May 30, 2018

Ever had a dev site set up and had it 301 redirect to 'https', only to find that Google Chrome caches this and you can't get the 'http://' version after?

Google Analytics WordPress Plugin

January 3, 2018

This is a very basic WordPress plugin that adds Google Analytics tracking code to your WordPress Site.  It doesn't have any advanced features like many other plugins. You can get the plugin from...

How to use htaccess to password protect your website

November 29, 2017

There are many reasons why you would want to password protect your website, or a section of your website. Here's how to setup a .htaccess file to password protect your website.

Magento: remove admin mass action for specific role

August 15, 2017

I had a use case where a Magento admin user was limited to viewing the orders only. They should be able to view orders but not perform any actions on an order. The best way to do this with Magento...

Magento: Remove specific tabs from product edit in admin

August 8, 2017

Here's how to remove specific tabs from Magento's admin product edit pages.

How to upgrade Magento 2 to a later version

June 9, 2017

Here's how to upgrade Magento 2 to a later version. For example, if you are currently running 2.1.6 and you need to upgrade to 2.1.7.

How to get the URL of a CMS page or a static block in Magento

April 19, 2017

Here's how to get the URL of a CMS page or a static block in Magento.

How to use a different SSH port with rsync

April 18, 2017

I'm forever forgetting how to use a different ssh port with rsync, so here's how to do it.

HEAD request with PHP

March 30, 2017

If you want to perform a HEAD request with PHP on an URL you can use the `stream` functionality...

Cheat Sheet: Magento Collection Snippets

August 18, 2016

A cheat sheet containing useful Magento Collection snippets.

Magento Snippet: Use a Group By clause on a collection model

August 17, 2016

Here's a Magento snippet showing how to use a Group By clause on a Magento collection model.

Managing Homebrew Services

August 5, 2016

Homebrew is easy to use and makes installing services such as MySQL or Elasticsearch a breeze. Here's how to manage those services.

I’m a Magento Certified Developer!

August 4, 2016

I'm pleased to announce that I have recently passed the Magento Certified Developer exam.

Fix for PHP Composer “????%” issue

July 28, 2016

I've had a problem on a few older projects where composer dies with "????%" after running `composer update`. Here's the fix.

Introducing Hit The Ground: Laravel Edition

July 26, 2016

I had the idea a while ago of creating a basic starter app containing the boilerplate code needed to get started on an idea - so here it is. Introducing my Laravel Starter App - Hit the Ground.