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Chronological article list (Blog View)

Blog View vs. Front PageThis page lists all articles by date (blog-like) and is therefore a good alternative to the front page that sorts pages by popularity. If you prefer chronological listing of the newest articles you should use this page.

Creating dropdown-menus without JavaScript

Thursday, February 13th, 2020 by Helge
Dropdown menus are found on almost every website. The most common place for a dropdown is the main navigation bar, although a website can have dropdowns in almost any context. You can create a dropdown menu with dropdownJavaScript but this often makes it unnecessarily complicated. Let’s explore what it takes to make a simple navigation bar with only HTML and CSS. HTML Structure New designs are usually started by considering the HTML structure, so let’s do that first. The HTML of a dropdown menu is usually quite simple, and we only need three elements: <ul>, <li>, and <a>. You may also want to wrap the whole navigation bar inside a <div> or <nav> ...

Servage account – Create an email alias

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 by Helge
What is an email alias, and why do you need one?Screenshot_2020-02-05 Servage - Email accounts 1000850 An email alias is a way to create an additional name for your email account. This allows you to create alternative email addresses without having to create another email box.  For example, you may want to be able to set up a temporary address to receive responses to an invitation to a party to make it all a little more festive. Or maybe you want an extra address you give out to your customers and another you use privately if you want to split it all into ...

Servage Hosting – SSL & Let’s Encrypt

Thursday, January 30th, 2020 by Helge
Via  Servage control panel, you can implement paid SSL and/or Let’s Encrypt  to run your hosts via https. Here are some more details about Let's Encrypt and some pros and cons of both methods: letsencrypt-300x168 What is Let’s encrypt SSL? How do I benefit from it? Let’s Encrypt is a security service supported by several major IT companies such as Google or Facebook. The service offers SSL certificates for a very low price. Using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) provides a secure connection when you visit a particular website. It ensures that while surfing, the connection between the website and the user is encrypted and hence secured.  You find very detailed information about on ...

Upgrade your WordPress to the newest version

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 by Helge
Screenshot_2020-01-22 Servage - Application Installer 1000850Via your Servage account, you can install plenty of apps via our application installer with few clicks. It is easy!. But, also updating the apps to the newest version can be done in a couple of seconds. There are good reason to keep your Wordpress updated: improved security improved speed enhanced features You find a detailed overview of the improvements on e.g. THIS page. Servage makes it very easy for you to upgrade your Wordpress (and other applications which are installed via our application installer). Via our application installer, you can simply push the button "Upgrade" and upgrade your Wordpress to the current newest supported version: log in to ...

Writing your own WordPress plugin

Friday, January 17th, 2020 by Helge
Plenty of our customers running Wordpress. It is easy to install and handle via the Servage application installer. It is a very popular tool since it has tons of features, and can even be extended with plugins – adding custom functionality. There are very many plugins available already, by individual developers and other web services, to integrate with and extend WordPress. You can find a directory of most existing plugins here: WordPress Plugin Directory Creating your own plugin Sometimes it’s hard to find a plugin that exactly fits your needs. Maybe because you want to integrate with a very specific service, or because existing plugins just don’t ...

Control your DNS settings via your Servage account

Friday, January 10th, 2020 by Helge
spf2The Servage webhosting account provides you with plenty tools to run your domains and services with tailored settings. This post explains what DNS settings are and how you can alter them. A DNS record is a database record used to map a URL to an IP address. DNS records are stored in DNS servers and work to help users connect their websites to the outside world. When the URL is entered and searched in the browser, that URL is forwarded to the DNS servers and then directed to the specific Web server. This Web server then serves the queried website outlined in the URL or directs the user to an email server ...

SSH – cool things you can do

Friday, January 3rd, 2020 by Helge
puttyFor each Servage hosting account, we are offering one SSH account. SSH stands for Secure Shell and is a way to log in to the server to be able to work directly on the server via text commands. SSH has plenty of advantages, it allows the encryption of data so that those malicious would-be attackers cannot access your user information and passwords. SSH also allows the tunneling of other protocols such as FTP. You find more information about SSH e.g. on this PAGE With the help of SSH, you can perform plenty of cool actions such as e.g. find and import MySQL back ups External MySQL access search for files and ...

Dear Servage customers – Happy 2020

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 by Helge
Servage_new_year2-300x300With 2019 coming to a close, Servage wanted to reach out and send our best wishes to you and yours! Hopefully, this New Year is going to be the one that fulfills all your dreams and so start it with a joyful and a vibrant soul! Servage wishes you a prosperous and successful new year!

Working properly with cookies

Saturday, December 28th, 2019 by Helge
cookiesYou probably know the many warnings popping up on most websites nowadays, telling you that the site uses cookies. Maybe they even offer you a cookie-free version if you don’t accept. This dialog has been introduced on a wide scale after recent legislation made site owners show this transparency of cookie usage to their visitors. However, the practical benefit or protection for users is still argued about. Most users are more likely to be annoyed, and except for adding the warning, site owners are not really changing their practices. Cookies are an important technical part of operating a website. Purpose of cookies Cookies are used to let the server store information in the client’s browser ...

Remember secure passwords easily

Friday, December 20th, 2019 by Helge
servage_lock:hdIt’s easy for service providers to ask their users to use secure passwords. After all it is the user who is supposed to remember it. Obviously it is better for everyone if secure passwords are being used everywhere, but for many people it represents an annoyance to use a password like “237IMBd!” instead of “pizza”. However, there are plenty of ways making it easier to remember secure passwords – and some of them even add a little bit of fun to the process ;-) I would like to explain my personal way of generating and using secure passwords as an inspiration to figure out a way that works for you, and moreover, ...

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Local development with PHP and MySQL

Developing quickly and efficiently is important to create value for your users. Having an environment which endorses swift programming and designing really helps you satisfy your customers better. So, how do you develop your web apps? Are you always working on the live code on the webserver? Or are you using advanced version control systems to roll out tested changes? Are you testing on a local machine, uploading your changes every ...

Create a cool CSS-based tab-menu

This time we show how to create a nice-looking tab-menu, based purely on HTML and CSS. See a live tabmenu example here. First, we want to have the menu code created in HTML. I find that the most appropriate way of doing this, is by creating the menu as a list. Thereby non-supporting browsers will still show the menu as a list, which somewhat resembles a menu. Everyone else will see ...

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Building forms for your website may be a trivial task for many developers, but if you’re not so much into HTML yet, then it might be quite a challenge. Also, you may simply find it nicer to build them with a WYSIWY editor. It’s easier and nicer than coding HTML by hand. Check out JotForm to boost your forms for your website: “There was a time once when creating web ...

Creating cool animated typing effects

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Free icons for web developers

A website with no images would look quite dull, and making graphics from scratch can be a difficult task. Since not all developers are graphic designers, many free and paid icon sets and libraries have become popular among front-end developers. They allow you to easily place a large variety of icons on a website. Here is a collection of such icon libraries that are popular among developers . Glyphicons Glyphicons is an icon ...