Clean up your routes file

Through your development, I am sure that you have MANY MANY routes in your routes.php file.  Never fear, this happens to all of us.  I know by the end of my project, I have to go back through and clean up my routes file.  After a few months of the project being done and having …

The power of font icons.

Font Icons

Over the last few years, there have been a major upswing of font icons.  Font Icons are a very simple way to convert all of your image icons over to plain text. This allows for quicker load times of your site and reduces the load on your server by loading up all these images.  There …

Migrating wordpress sites (and others)

Do you ever have to migrate a wordpress (or any other) site and not sure how to test it before you make a DNS change? There is an easy setup for doing this. In this we will use the domain www.xyz.com as our example. which will be hosted on the ip 1.1.1.1. These can be …

How to use Laravel Composers

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Sharing a common set of data across many views sounds like an easy task but is easy to do this the wrong way.  Using Laravel Composers allows you to have clean code without duplicating any of the data.  Though there are many different ways of doing this, the way in this guide is, in my …

Creating new Auth Drivers using Laravel 4

About a year ago, I began looking for new ways to deal with my users.  I really hated creating user tables and taking care of the security of my users.  I came across Stormpath via an ad and decided to give it a try.  I instantly fell in love with the product they were offering. …

Quick Tip: Laravel Unique Validation

Recently, I ran across an issue where I needed to validate across two fields in the database for uniqueness.  I searched all over the internet and was not able to find anything that was built into Laravel 4.  I really did not want to create my own validation for this one thing so I dug …

Why Laravel is the best PHP Framework

My Background with Laravel Over the past year and a half, I have been a walking billboard for Laravel. I have tried many different frameworks for PHP and all have left me needing some more features and capibilities. I came across Laravel when Laravel 3 was pretty new (Released February 22, 2012) and fell in …