SOLVED: Web Deploy fails with The "CollectFilesinFolder" task failed unexpectedly.

Posted on: Sunday, 30 August 2015 23:42

If you’re seeing this error when you’re trying to build a package with Web Deploy then you have some deeply nested folders in your project which is causing the problem. A common problem web developers of 2015 have to wrestle with is fighting the Node Package Manager on a Windows developer box. Read on to get this issue quickly solved so you can deploy your site.

SOLVED: Error CS0246 The type or namespace name 'Orchard' could not be found while upgrading Orchard CMS

Posted on: Friday, 21 August 2015 16:51

Orchard CMS is a great asp.net MVC based CMS which is really flexible but as it stands its upgrade process is a long and complex process far from the simplicity of WordPress and other competitors. After you have followed their many-step upgrade process you will need to bring any custom themes or modules back into your main solution. At this point I started getting hit with compile time errors. With a huge solution like Orchard it can be be daunting task to figure out the solution but after some digging around I figured out what was causing this particular issue.

Getting control of the WordPress Galleries

Posted on: Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:25

For a few versions now WordPress has had a gallery shortcode feature that you can add in via the Add Media button. Getting it to play nice with your theme however can take a bit than is really needed. Here are a couple of tips I picked up when I had to customise it for a recent client project.

Make a mental note: Its time to update your chkdsk skills

Posted on: Tuesday, 11 August 2015 13:30

You might not need this right now but if you’re using a Windows 8 or newer computer then you should have this information tucked away for when that rainy day inevitably comes pouring down on your precious data. In this article I explain the updates to chkdsk and why you don’t need to chkdsk /f any more.

SOLVED: Fixing an “Unidentified Network” error with our TL-WA850RE Wireless Repeater

Posted on: Friday, 7 August 2015 16:00

We have a wireless repeater in our house which boosts the signal to a full five bars at even the farthest reaches of the house. It’s worked pretty well except needing to be rebooted here and there but recently it completely stopped working. If you’re connecting to your repeater but then getting “Unidentified Network” and no internet connectivity then read on to see how I solved this.

Starting a local instance of IIS Express with PHP support

Posted on: Thursday, 4 June 2015 00:50

If you're a developer that works in Microsoft Visual Studio you’re probably quite used to the handy local web server that appears when you summon it with an F5. There are many alternative ways to spin up a local web server. Recently I’ve used virtual machines, Node, even PHP comes with its own built in dev server. They all have their strengths but this article shows you how to keep it in the family with a quickly deployable instance of IIS Express that supports both .Net and PHP.

How to reset a WordPress password on the database

Posted on: Monday, 25 May 2015 13:03

You’ve gone and forgotten your password? You didn’t set up your recovery email address? No, it wasn’t your fault, the client has forgotten? You inherited the site and the records aren’t right? Well whatever the reason, don’t panic. This guide will show you how to recover that account without having to do anything too drastic.

ASP.NET 5 Beta 4 “Couldn't determine an appropriate version of KRE to run”

Posted on: Saturday, 23 May 2015 13:57

I’ve started getting to grips with the new ASP.NET 5 project system and during the course of this process I’ve encountered a few glitches. This time a project I downloaded based on earlier beta3 code wouldn’t run for me in the browser. I found the solution to this issue in this article.