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Transparency the easy way!

Until GIMP come along making a picture transparency is a very time-consuming effort! One of the old paint program that let you erase to transparency but it is hard to find now a day!

Here GIMP comes to the rescue!
. First, on the menu bar, pick "Layer", "Transparency", then "Add Alpha Channel" (Note: The most important step, otherwise it won't work!)
. Next on the menu bar, pick "Select", "By Color", then click on the color you want to clear to transparency.
. Last on the menu bar, pick "Edit" then "Clear"

ASP.NET MVC "Hello World"

For the first time, you can easily create your ASP.NET web application using MVC pattern. It only takes a couple second depend on how fast your PC.

But first you will need the following:

. Visual Studio 2008
. NET Framework 3.5
. Microsoft ASP.NET MVC

Once you have the above install on your PC, to create a new MVC project:

1. Click File menu then click New Project.

2. In the upper-right corner, make sure that.NET Framework 3.5 is selected.

3. Expand either Visual Basic or Visual C#, and then click The Web.

Domain name 101

The first thing you need when you decide to have a web site is a domain name, it is like you must have an address for the postal office to deliver mail to your house.

You can either have a sub domain from some hosting provider or buy your own domain name.

If you decide to have your own domain name you need to find a domain name registrar to buy a domain from or get one from one of the free domain name service like dot.tk

How to install PHP on Windows 2008

The IIS 7 that come with Windows 2008 has a big change on the interface and underneath structure so most installer for IIS6 or prior will not work any longer!

It took me some time to figure out how to get PHP install on Windows 2008 but as it turns out it is not hard at all! Just need to know the exact steps to do!

How to install PHP on Windows 2008

The IIS 7 that come with Windows 2008 has big change on interface and underneath structure so most installer for IIS6 or prior will not work any longer!

How to do URL forwarding

A lot of people asking how to do URL forwarding!

There are a lot of ways! Manual, Header, 301 redirect, meta refresh, etc.

In this article, I will present various method and code on how to do just that.

Different method for URL forwarding

There are several ways on how to do URL forwarding!

Manual method:

Please follow < a href="http://newurl.com">link< /a>!

Header method:

<?
header("Location: http://newurl.com");
?>

Use of 301 redirect method:

How to solve phpMyAdmin blank page and Mysql not connect to localhost issue?

If you have a problem with phpMyAdmin where you just get a blank page or unable to connect to MySQL in Windows machine you will be glad to know that I have a solution that will save you a headache and time.

How to solve phpMyAdmin blank page and Mysql not connect to localhost issue?

I come across a strange issue with phpMyAdmin. I keep getting a blank page although MySQL is installed and running just fine.

Ways to pick a CMS!

Ways to pick a CMS!

When you browse the forum at opensourceCMS you might come across this type of question many times:

What should I use?
Please recommend me..?
What CMS?
CMS for ... site?
Need suggestion?
Choosing a CMS question?

At PACKT Publishing they are also getting a very similar kind of questions. Here is a quote from their site:

How to do URL masking?

There are many URL masking services which let you have a shorter URL to a site that has longer URL or you just want to have a site that has a nice domain name that shows the content of an older site but still shows the domain name in the browser of your choice. That is the magic of URL masking but it is really simple!
How to do URL masking?

You have a long site URL but want to use a shorter URL, how is it done?

It is using the HTML frame to mask the destination URL and keep the originate URL in the browser.

How to do normal URL with Zend Framework?

I am like many of you when looking at Zend Framework and wonder how I could use the normal URL with Zend Framework and it is very confusing to try to figure out at first by there is a way.

The following article will show you two ways to enable none-pretty URL with Zend Framework.

There are two ways to go about doing this:

How to get normal/un-pretty URL with Zend Framework 1.11.11

Method one: Use REST route

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