Webmium Review – WYSIWYG Website Builder

by Yang Yang on February 23, 2012

Webmium 40% Discount Promo Code: KAVOIRWebmium may not have much to look at on their website – for which they better hurry up and get a better design – it’s actually very very easy and intuitive to use.  With adequate features, abundant site templates to choose from, and hundreds of online marketing guides, it’s the combo solution for people who want to get their business website up in less than 10 minutes, without having to spend an arm and a leg to tackle the challenges of web design, web development, web hosting, and web marketing. Webmium has it all.

Unbelievably Easy and Intuitive

After a few minutes of clicking and typing, my first site on Webmium was up and running – Xi’an Jobs. I didn’t have to think once to get my job done. Everything seemed to be right there when I needed it. I felt like a breeze being pushed by the wind, naturally and comfortably and never did I have to sweat any effort to accomplish the whole website which is decent enough for most undertakings. Your site is well modularized so that you can freely switch between themes / layout and move around objects without jeopardizing anything. Your content is never hard coded.

A WYSIWYG Website Editor Better than Desktop Programs

Everyone can learn and start doing it in a minute. In fact, it’s so intuitive and easy that everything including editing text, uploading image, adding contact form and creating another page is accomplished within one editor page. Check out the editor screenshot:

webmium website editor

You don’t get any more WYSIWYG than this. Lots of desktop website creator programs such as Adobe Dreamweaver and Microsoft Expression Web available on the market who claim to be WYSIWYG don’t come up close. You have to view the produced web page in a browser to see the final results. But with Webmium, it’s all in there, 100% WYSIWYG and never again do you have to scratch your head and ask why the hell does it look so different in the browser from that in the editor.

Free Entry Plan – Very Good for SEO

Best of all it’s free and they’ve got tons of FREE templates to choose from. You should get one up on Webmium right now. Sign up with them. It’s definitely worth the time to have an external page of content up for the sake of SEO. Be sure to create useful, original and rich content or Google won’t buy it just because it’s on a distant IP. Webmium has an auto-submission feature that after you have published your site it will automatically submit the site to search engines like Google.

My tiny site about Xi’an Jobs ( http://xian.webmium.com/ ) was indexed by Google 8 hours after being published at Webmium. Definitely looks promising from the perspective of SEO.

Quick Built-in Guides to Kick Start Your Online Marketing

For small business owners who don’t know how to have their own website online, Webmium is the no-brainer choice. It has got hundreds of articles and guides in the Marketing Academy on how to do it and what the best practices are, about not only the technical aspects but also the marketing part. It’s a perfect companion for starter small businesses owners who want to have their website up today, in the minimum effort and cost possible. And you are well guided along the way with built-in tips while you are building your online presence.

What can be improved about Webmium?

It’s a greatly simple and useful solution for starter business owners but there are definitely ways that Webmium can be improved. I’ll just lay out a few of the problems I met when playing with it:

  1. Currently there’s no way I can add text beside the logo. It’s either a logo or a text but you can’t combine.
  2. I don’t seem to be able to align social buttons such as facebook like buttons and tweet buttons together. Weird.
  3. Unable to modify footer attribution to add copyright notice, etc. I guess it’s because I’m on the free plan. You would probably be able to do that after upgrading to the PRO plan.
  4. For now, each account is limited to one website / domain. I think they can definitely offer the ability to create and manage multiple websites under one account in the PRO plan.

Other than these, Webmium is looking a prosperous future if they keep shaping it better.

Upgrading to PRO? Use a Promo Code!

Webmium was kind enough to offer an exclusive promo code to the readers of Kavoir.com. If you want to take advantage of the PRO plan that offers all the easiness to build a small business website as well as unlimited storage and bandwidth, use promo code:

Click To Open/Copy

Like this:

Webmium Promo Code

When you are upgrading but before making payment. It would give you a nice 40% discount off the listed price.

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PHP: Strip or Trim Extra Whitespaces Inside a String

by Yang Yang on February 14, 2012

There are raw strings that contain extraly unwanted whitespaces (tabs, spaces, new lines) that you want to get rid of so as to form a normalized string that has only a single spaces between words and sentences. For instance, you may want to transform this string:

Morning   is here,   sunshine
   is here.    Morning is    here.

Into this:

Morning is here, sunshine is here. Morning is here.

How to achieve this in PHP?

Just use this function:

function purge_inside_whitespaces($text) {
	while (preg_match('/\s{2}/', $text)) {
		$text = preg_replace('/\s{2}/', ' ', $text);
	return $text;

Basically, it keeps scouring through the $text string passed to it and removes any continuous whitespaces and replace them with single spaces, until it can’t find any more continuous whitespaces.

Note you would need to apply trim() to get rid of any whitespaces in the beginning or at the end of the string, because if there are any there, a single space would still remain after applying purge_inside_whitespaces().

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Inspirational Music & Uplifting Tunes

by Yang Yang on February 8, 2012

Inspirational Music

People close to me would know that I play piano for fun – not an advanced player but the best I can do is Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata (only the 1st movement, -_-). I think everyone could learn one or two musical instruments and amuse themselves. Music is such a great endowment to us. It dispels the dismay, enriches our emotions and reignites the dreams for a beautiful life. A week ago I found some very nice music tunes at Audio Jungle (link to their most popular pieces) that is so inspirational and upbeatly pleasant. I can’t help but being motivated to be happy and creative. They are so simple yet so masterly composed. Listed below are what I like most. Hopefully they would resonate in you as well.

Metro Light MusicLive My Life

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Source: http://audiojungle.net/item/live-my-life/224500

MelodalityA Fortunate Day

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Source: http://audiojungle.net/item/a-fortunate-day-extended-version/72668

Audio QuattroClouds

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Source: http://audiojungle.net/item/clouds/95370

Sweetwave AudioSeeing is Believing

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Source: http://audiojungle.net/item/seeing-is-believing/854045

SoundrollA Way To The Top

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Source: http://audiojungle.net/item/a-way-to-the-top/162200

BeatheBeatPositive Thinking

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Source: http://audiojungle.net/item/positive-thinking/94451

Tim McmorrisTranslation

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Source: http://audiojungle.net/item/translation/1299157

DirtyflintEnergetic Corporate Pack

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Source: http://audiojungle.net/item/energetic-corporate-pack/1197765

MelodalityBusiness Music Pack

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Source: http://audiojungle.net/item/business-music-pack/108020


For people into classical music, here’s one of my sites: Top Classical Music. It tries to collect the best pieces of classical music arranged by authors and their epoch. Since fine MP3 files with impeccable quality are hard to come by, it’s very far from complete. I’ll try and get more pieces on the site when I can.

Update: Some more music tunes I like from AudioJungle

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It is common to import CSV files into MySQL database. You can do this with phpMyAdmin with small CSV files but with large ones, you would probably encounter the memory error and had to switch to MySQL command line “LOAD DATA LOCAL INFILE” to do the job.

It looks like something like this:

INTO TABLE `your_table`
(field1, field2, field3)

And then you encounter another problem that it only imports the first 1 or 2 rows and then it stops. After some researching and trying, I was sure it’s something to do with the “LINES TERMINATED BY” directive. Depending on the platform that the CSV file is created on, the line delimiter may be

  1. \n
  2. \r\n
  3. \r

And you need to be correct on the line delimiter to properly parse the CSV file.

So the solution is to try them all one by one and see which one of them works. Chances are, one of them would make the whole command successfully import ALL rows.

Another simple approach is to deprive the whole command of the “LINES TERMINATED BY” directive and let MySQL do the call. It’ll probably detect things right but in my case, this doesn’t work but specifying ‘\r’.

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Let’s be honest here. One of the most dreaded dreams for any working professionals perhaps is generating timely and professional invoices. Important as they are for ensuring timely payments, it is a pain to sacrifice time and make an effort to track down all the details. If you are having a tough time preparing invoices and the accompanying reports, a valued solution that lies with you is Invoicera. Invoicera is a completely web hosted application that effortlessly works towards getting the invoice generation job done, in a professional manner.

A sturdy online invoicing and billing application, Invoicera provides you with a self explanatory user interface along with poignant and much sought after set of features and functionalities. Thus it seamlessly simplify and streamline the entire process of generating and sending invoices.

Invoicera control panel

Language Multiplicity and Multicurrency support

This is a major factor, which gives Invoicera an edge over various other online billing systems in the market. Invoicera supports 11 different languages and more than 100 currencies.

Effortlessly Manage Your Clients

In the client section apart from managing and adding your new clients you can also view their account statements and create custom fields and entries which you deem necessary.

To overview the complete details of any particular client there is an automated Report generator, which gives you the ease of analyzing the dealings and business you have had with the customer.

Incredible Time Tracking

With its expert time tracking capabilities, you can be rest assured to track down every minute of your time that you have spent on the projects for your clients. It completely nullifies all the worries surrounding time tracking and you can easily keep a check on how much time you have spent on a particular project.

Template Customization Service

In case you are not technically trained in customizing the look of the invoice / setimate templates, Invoicera provides you with the option of Invoice Template Customization service. This will provide you with the expert services of seasoned technical experts and you can easily customize the look of the invoice that you send, as per the need of your business.

Schedule Your Invoices Easily & Charge Late Fee from Defaulters

A stand out point of Invoicera is that unlike other similar apps, with Invoicera you can easily schedule each of the invoices needed to be delivered. You can simply schedule the date and time on which you need to send out the invoices to the users and the intuitive online invoicing solution that Invoicera is, it will make sure that invoices are delivered right on scheduled time. Besides, with just a click of the mouse, you can add the late fee charges and get reimbursed for the same.

Other Benefits That Invoicera Offers:

  • Login and carry out some invoicing tasks wherever you have access to the Internet either via PC or laptop,
  • Flexible pricing depending on your usage levels,
  • Constant updates and support,
  • No large up front application costs,
  • Data security and backup

In Short

Invoicera is vast enough to confound all the different invoicing requirements of your web site and you assure yourself productive gains by availing its services. Besides, their customer support and related services are impeccable and unmatched. Thus if at any time you stumble, Invoicera provides you with enough options to continue the smooth sailing.

Invoicera - online invoicing

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The title pretty much says it all. It’s 2 of the most useful AdSense ads tips for bloggers in my opinion. Obtrusive ads have the unnecessary effect of driving away readers after they have found what they needed. Unless you have amazingly great content, the chance of them becoming a loyal reader is rather low when you have ads splashing into their faces – this is not something you want to do to your subscribed readers. On the other hand, you’d want to maximize your AdSense earnings by putting up ads on as many posts as possible.

Ad Injection (WP plugin)

This tiny little plugin, Ad Injection, gets it all. Very useful plugin for you to insert AdSense ads in your blog posts AND set a specific age threshold for the posts to display ads, so freshly published articles won’t have ads to drive your subscribers away. See detailed introduction here: Ad Injection for WordPress.

Just install it from the inventory (upload or install from within your WP administrator panel) and activate it. Go to Settings > Ad Injection > “Random ad (inserted randomly between paragraphs)” and insert your AdSense code there. Depending on how aggressive you are, you can use a variety of ad formats from Google. I used a 468×15 links banner on Health Not. Check out the screenshot below:

insert ads in wordpress posts

By default, Ad Injection inserts a maximum of 2 instances of the Random ad per post. This way, the ads are well blended in the content. What works a few years back with the 336 square ad format on top of the content is gradually dying out in CTR thus click revenues. You should try something new such as this.

Another useful option of the plugin is to set “Only show normal ads on pages older than xx (days) – only for single posts and pages”. This would prove very useful if you want a good balance between ad performance / earnings and user experiences. Only displaying ads on older posts are a pretty good idea for creating a good first impression to those who stumble upon your site.

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Sometimes you would want to check if a string is an acronym or an abbreviation by testing if it only contains capitalized letters from A to Z and nothing else. There are 2 ways to accomplish this simple task in PHP.


Use the native ctype_upper() function and you will know if the provided string contains only uppercase letters:

if (ctype_upper($string)) {
	echo $string.' is all uppercase letters.';
} else {
	echo $string.' is not all uppercase letters.';

The Ctype functions would turn out to be very handy when you want to test a string against different character types – digits, alphabetic, alpha-numeric, lowercase letters, uppercase letter, and even punctuations, etc. See the full list here: http://www.php.net/manual/en/ref.ctype.php


Use the strtoupper() function to transform the string into all uppercase characters that’s capitalized letters, and then compare the transformed string against the original one to see if they are identical. If they are, then you are pretty sure the original string was also a string consisting of ONLY capital letters.

if (strtoupper($string) == $string) {
	echo $string.' is all uppercase letters.';

Check if A String Consists of Only Lowercase Letters

The same goes true if you want to do the test other way around. Just use ctype_lower() and strtolower() instead.

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Customize WordPress Post Editor CSS Styles

by Yang Yang on January 19, 2012

Do you know you can actually change the CSS styles of the entire editing area / editor where you create the post content in WordPress? It doesn’t have to be the default styles and since version 3.0, people can freely style the TinyMCE rich text editor shipped with WordPress however they want to by a few simple changes to the theme files.

Step 1

Open the functions.php file in your theme folder (create it if it doesn’t exist) and add this line anywhere in the PHP tags <?php … ?>:


Step 2

Create a css file named editor-style.css and put it in the theme root, namely the same folder where functions.php is in. To start with, you may want to copy the CSS styles from that of the Twenty Eleven theme into yours.

Now you can freely change those styles (such as rich text font, size or color, etc.) to have your own customized WordPress editor styles. The default editor styles coming with Twenty Eleven are very nice that make me long to write. So I’m now using them for my editor in the current theme, Thesis. You should too, if you find it more inspiring than the default styles.

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Add Wildcard DNS Subdomain *.example.com in cPanel

by Yang Yang on January 16, 2012

Lots of people ask this question and most of them probably made the matter complicated by editing the DNS Zone from WHM in the DNS Functions. But they actually should just do it in cPanel which is A LOT easier.

Just log in your cPanel which manages the domain that you want to add support for wildcard (*) subdomains. Go to:

Domains > Subdomains

And enter asterisk * in the Subdomain and choose the domain you need it added to.

Click “Create”.

adding subdomain wildcard in cpanel

That’s it. Now you can access your domain from any random subdomain and it will automatically use the A record of the main domain as their own.

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ffmpeg delphi vclThis post is dedicated to one of my friends, Coolie (not his real name but he preferred to be called that way among friends), a father and self-entrepreneur who created the outstanding Delphi VCL component for FFmpeg that makes it extremely easy to develop audio and video applications for Windows.

For those who are not Windows desktop developers, FFmpeg is the ONE video and audio applications library across all major platforms that is able to encode, decode, edit, convert and stream audio and video. It is widely adopted as the standard library for multi-media applications development. Chances are, what you currently have for media player in your operating system uses FFmpeg to do all the underlying work.

The problem with FFmpeg is that it’s only got a command line interface. You would definitely find it fascinating if you are a Linux guru, but not GUI users. Developers must create another layer of interface to accommodate end users, another layer of abstraction for FFmpeg, and that’s exactly where Coolie’s talent comes in, who heroically produced the Delphi VCL for FFmpeg and the ActiveX OCX Controls for FFmpeg. Problem solved for people who want to make video and audio applications in Windows but daunted by the command-line FFmpeg.

Simply ground-breaking work he has made, Coolie graduated from Tsinghua university, the China counterpart of MIT or Princeton – approximately 100,000 high school students each year compete for just 1 admission to Tsinghua. Think about that.

Feel free to bug him if you are interested in developing a multi-media application yourself – it’s not so hard as it may seem because many contemporary languages and platforms are made to be used by absolute programming beginners, such as VB.NET.

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