Magento admin on localhost gives ERROR_CONNECTION_RESET message (winamp)

This was a curious and frustrating problem to fix.  After updating the local dev copy of a a magento site, and changing a few local folder permissions the admin area stopped working, giving instead an error message of:  ERROR_CONNECTION_RESET.

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Archive An Entire Web Folder Using Tar Via SSH

Before performing any major operations on a site it is great to have the reassurance that you have a complete back up. ALWAYS do this when taking over a new project and, even though you may have your files in a .git or svn system it can be a real livesaver to just turn time back a few minutes if your major update goes pear shaped. One of my colleagues refers to this as the “get out of jail free card”. You can also use this to take a copy of the entire site when you want to move it – to a development server for example.

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Match Element Heights Using JQuery

So, you are building a design with dynamic content and the designer or client says, “but those blocks should be the same height”, and you say “but the content changes, we don’t know how tall it can be and anyway, the height needs to be different depending on what device you are using”, etc., etc.

Here is a little jQuery function you can call to set the  height of matching elements

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Common ssh file/folder commands for the web developer

Sometimes web developers don’t need to just build websites but we need to go and poke, tweak and otherwise tinker with the server themselves.  To a windows-based developer getting down and dirty with the Linux command line can be a little daunting.  However, there are some standard commands that you will need which may help ease you in.   Continue reading Common ssh file/folder commands for the web developer

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