Getting emails to work on WordPress running on IIS Express (WebMatrix)

I’m working on a WordPress project locally on my PC, deployed via WebMatrix. I love how easy Microsoft has made the process of trying out web apps with the Web Platform Installer. It’s a great way to get up and running, so that you can concentrate on the process of writing code, rather than setting stuff up.

There is one snag though: IIS Express doesn’t include a SMTP server. So, none of the activation or notification emails ever get to the recipient. You can configure it IIS Ex to use a specific SMTP server if you have one by editing the web.config file WebMatrix created for you on the web app’s folder. You simply add: Continue reading “Getting emails to work on WordPress running on IIS Express (WebMatrix)”

Live Mesh won’t sync Microsoft Expression Web “site”?

I have work on multiple Windows devices. I’ve found Windows Live Mesh to be the best tool to keep files synced between these machines. The key advantage it has over other similar tools like Dropbox is that it can sync solely over p2p. So, I can keep my massive files synced without having to go through the excruciating pain of waiting to have such files upload to the cloud.

Yesterday, I created a new Microsoft Expression Web “site” folder as a sub folder in one of the folders synced by Live Mesh. Later I found that the folder isn’t being synced between my computers. It wasn’t really obvious why but, after much searching, I found the reason. Expression Web is marking the folder as a “System” folder [Why does it do that? Just to make sure it gets to change the folder icon!] Continue reading “Live Mesh won’t sync Microsoft Expression Web “site”?”

Dialog Axiata – MMS and HSPA Settings for Android

I’m not shy to say this but, when I got my first Android phone (Smasung Galaxy S), it changed my life. I was never a “phone person”. I’ve always gone for phones that gave me the bare minimum and never saw the value in dishing out big cash to the high end Nokias and Blackberrys of the day. All I looked for was a high res display, decent reception, sound quality and of course smilies on text messages 😀 
Continue reading “Dialog Axiata – MMS and HSPA Settings for Android”

Resolving Pligg Installation Error: The pligg_config table is empty or does not exist

So here I was, trying to setup a Pligg website on my Windows 7 machine. I’ve just gotten the latest MySQL and PHP installed. Setup all the permissions required, and ran the installer.php. All seem to go well until, I got to table setup page.. Continue reading “Resolving Pligg Installation Error: The pligg_config table is empty or does not exist”

BlogEngine.net Extension for Embedding JotForms form

JotForm is one the best online Form Builders out there. It offers more enticing features on its free edition than any of its rivals.

But, why would a developer need an online Form Builder? If you are building a site from scratch or if you are using a powerful CMS such as DNN, you’d probably build the form yourself or use a form builder module. But, increasingly more people are deploying BlogEngine.net as a CMS as it’s much more simpler to theme, customize, deploy, train and maintain. And BE.NET, meant to be a blog engine doesn’t (yet!) have the cabailities to build forms on the fly: Nor there are any modules (yet!) to do the same. So, the likes of JotForm becomes a really good option.

The problem? Well, there’s no easy way to embed a JotForm on a BE page or a post. That’s why I went ahead and built this simple extension. Continue reading “BlogEngine.net Extension for Embedding JotForms form”

Getting ASP.NET Development Server (WebDev.WebServer.exe) to work on Vista

I came across a weird issue today with my ASP.NET Dev Server. I’m running Vista Home Premium with Firefox set as the default browser. I was consistently getting a “Failed to Connect: Firefox can’t establish a connection to the server at localhost:<port>.” error. Little bit of Goolge pointed me to several posts suggesting that I turn off IPV6 on my network adapter.

Hmmm… Nope!

I know a better way to fix this (fingers crossed). Continue reading “Getting ASP.NET Development Server (WebDev.WebServer.exe) to work on Vista”