Category Archives: Web Software

UTF8 Sanitize

Minnie Mouse

There are times when little problems pop up using WordPress that you just might not expect. Most users don’t know or care about what character encoding their computer and browser are using but when that character encoding is different from what WordPress uses it can lead to some odd problems.

Usually the tell tale sign of a character encoding problem is the appearance of odd characters in a WordPress post. Boxes where there should be characters or quotation marks that look odd. Sometimes there might not be any visible signs of a problem, but certain pages just do not seem to load properly. It can be a frustrating and confusing problem because you just don’t quite know what is going on.

If you have had this kind of problem odds are if you copy the content of your post in text mode over to a plain text editor, my favourite is Bluefish these days, you might be able to actually see the characters that have the problem and fix them. You can then copy and paste the content back to WordPress.

If you don’t want to go through that trouble and you have this problem regularly take a look at UTF8 Sanitize. It is an older plugin but so far it does seem to work still with the new WordPress. It takes the content of your post and tries to remove the non UTF8 characters.

If you do have this problem regularly you might want to check your computer character encoding settings or the editor you usually write in. It can be a hard problem to find the solution to fixing but once you do your WordPress posting will be easy once again.

WordPress or Joomla?

Last week I open up the doors to questions and got some great ones. I thought I would start with one of the questions from Angie. WordPress or Joomla? Which is better and why? I have actually posted about WordPress and Joomla in the past and at the time when I wrote that post I… Continue Reading

Joomla Extentsion – Mod HTML

There are times when you just want to add in a simple piece of Javascript in Joomla. While the default site module can handle HTML it can’t handle Javascript. Seems like such a simple thing, but if you want to just copy and paste your Google Adsense code, or Entrecard widget or any number of… Continue Reading

Joomla 1.5 Demo

I still have not had a chance to install the new Joomla 1.5 to try it out. Thankfully I was just at OpenSourceCMS and discovered that they have the demo of Joomla 1.5 available. So if you would like to give it a try without installing it yourself take a look. Looks very nice so… Continue Reading

Joomla or WordPress Part 2

I discovered this past weekend that if you want to make WordPress grind to a halt all you have to do is import roughly 2000 pages into it. Why did I import 2000 pages into WordPress? Well I wanted to see how it would do. I have a client that has a fairly large Joomla… Continue Reading

Joomla! 1.0.14 Released & Backup

If you run your website on Joomla you should go and take a look at the Joomla website for information about the release of Joomla 1.0.14. Looks like the release is mostly a security release to prevent cross site scripting attacks. More information can be found at the Joomla blog. Don’t forget to backup your… Continue Reading

Joomla Directory Component SOBI 2

I talked a little last week about Joomla. I have been doing more work this week on various Joomla sites for clients and myself and thought I would let you know about my favourite Joomla directory component SOBI 2. Sigsiu Online Business Index 2 (SOBI 2) is an addon to Joomla that makes it possible… Continue Reading

Joomla or WordPress?

My father was a carpenter, he built grain elevators for the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool for many years. One of the things he used to tell me is to always use the right tool for the job. This was usually just before I was going to do something stupid. Building websites is not much different, you… Continue Reading

Joomla Search Friendly URLs

I thought I would continue talking about Joomla since they have now released version 1.5. Joomla is a great system and offers a great framework to build a website on. If you want to create a community based website where people can message each other, Joomla can do that. If you want to create a… Continue Reading

Joomla 1.5 Released

I was doing some work on a clients Joomla site this morning and went to check up on the Joomla project and discovered that they have released version 1.5 today! Congratulations to the Joomla team for the great work they have done on the Joomla CMS. Joomla is one of my favourite content management systems… Continue Reading