Using subdomains to speed up your site

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The average web page contains over 50 elements each of which has to be downloaded from a web server. The HTTP 1.1 specifications recommend that a web browser or server should only typically make two simultaneous downloads per domain or …
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Using subdomains to speed up your site

jQuery font resizing for accessibility

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Following on from yesterdays little article about adding a simple JavaScript print link to a page, today I’m going to cover adding the functionality with jQuery for the user to adjust the text size on a page. It is important …
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jQuery font resizing for accessibility

Creating a JavaScript print link

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How many times have you booked that holiday or purchased a new gadget and been presented with a button that says ‘Print your receipt’? Users generally have to be pushed into executing a physical action such as printing a receipt …
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Creating a JavaScript print link

PHP HTTP Authentication

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Occasionally you may wish to make certain pages of your site only viewable to a select few. you can do this by using PHPs built in HTTP Authentication. The code needs to go right at the top of your php …
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PHP HTTP Authentication

Detecting an Ajax Request with PHP

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Here’s a quick piece of code that i find useful to check if a request that comes to a PHP page was made via an Ajax call or a simple form post. This method uses the $_SERVER['HTTP_X_REQUESTED_WITH'] request to determine …
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Detecting an Ajax Request with PHP

jQuery Form Highlighting

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Carrying on the theme from yesterday with the jQuery & PHP username availability checker, i’ve got a quick tip to improve the user experience, so the user knows exactly where they are in the filling out complex forms. We could …
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jQuery Form Highlighting

jQuery PHP & MySQL Username Availability Checker

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I was reading Nettuts.com this week and saw the post by Matt Vickers on checking the availability of a username with Mootools. I tend not to use Mootools so i thought I’d replicate the technique using jQuery. The code degrades …
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jQuery PHP & MySQL Username Availability Checker




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