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Server outage, 3 days offline, a month credit

A surprising news came to my inbox 2 days ago from Site5, indicating that the server which my account hosted has been down since the night a day before. As a result, all of my website were all down. I have completely moved all of my domain to Site5, so this is certainly a bad news. Fortunately, I don’t have (yet) any business that rely solely on it, so damage to me is actually minimal.

According to Site5 customer service, hardware issue that the server experienced is extremely rare. They had to restore backup and it was a lengthy process, there is also a network issue that caused the restoration to fail at the first time. The restoration finally done today and server is up again. They are also offering one month credit to my account as an apology. 🙂

To my surprise, Site5 is pretty responding regarding this issue. They update the forum frequently and for users that didn’t bother to check the forum often, they sent an email everyday regarding the status of server, explaining what is happening that day. Despite the outage, I’m actually quite happy with the customer service and Site5 itself for a reliable service so far. Hopefully, this won’t happen again in future. 🙂

Sort by latest post for wp_list_categories

One of my developer friend asked me if we could sort by last post using wp_list_categories function for WordPress. By default, wp_list_categories accept arguments for order by ID, name, slug, count or term_group. Order by latest post is not possible by default, but with a little of tweak using filter hook, we can. 🙂

First, we’ll looking at the function wp_list_categories. This function made call to get_categories to get the list of categories, which made another call to get_terms. Categories in WordPress is basically terms with category taxonomy. Finally, looking on the get_terms function, we will find some delicious filter hook that suitable for our customization.

Blog successfully updated to WordPress 3.2

Here is another major update from WordPress. Now, this blog has been successfully updated to 3.2. Thanksfully, nothing need to be changed in the theme. 🙂

A lot of changes has been made for this version, and one that is noticeable is the new look and layout for the administration area. It looks a little better. The sidebar is changed. The color of the boxes also changed a bit, it is more light. Some fonts are also changed. Overall, I liked the new look. 😉

There’s no yet compatibility issue so far is all that I can tell.

Yet another year passed

Today is a mark of another year passed, I’m now 20 years old. 🙂

It’s a mark of another step closer to my dream, a mark where I’ll held more responsibilities and a mark of improvement to be an even better person.

Thank you every one for every single support you gave me, especially some of my precious clients which grow together with me all these times, all of my friends from all communities I participated in, my family with their never ending supports, and every one around me – thank you all. I sincerely apologies for any disappointment I have caused – if I ever.

I hope I will get better this year and I hope for all your supports again in future. 🙂

For this moment, I also want to specially thank a good friend from Kaskus W3 Community, idiotnesia. He created my birthday thread in Kaskus last year, but it’s so sad that he passed away later that year due to his illness. His contribution to the community is priceless, as well as the good time the community had at that time – me included. I specially thank you from the deep bottom of my heart, you will be remembered forever my friend.

Thank you.

WordPress Snippets part 1

Well, this will be a short list of WordPress snippets that we could use. This snippets is collected from my daily work on WordPress and should be useful for daily basis.

WordPress mail snippets

WordPress has its own improved function for sending email, it is wp_mail. We should always use this function if we wanted to send email within WordPress. With this function, we don’t need to worry much about the mail header and stuff. More over, there is plenty of filter we can use to customize it.

Customize Custom Post Type Landing Page with Clean URL

WordPress has been long capable on using custom post type. Since WordPress 3.0, we are now easier to create a custom post type. I have blogged some tips about it.

However, many didn’t know that the custom post type already had it’s own landing page, though, you will need to pass the post type variable to the URL. This post will guide you to the step by step on customizing the post type landing page, as well as adding a new rewrite rule for a cleaner URL.

Moneybookers and Paypal Bank Withdrawal Comparison

If you are working with foreign clients, chances are you will need to have accounts on either Paypal, Moneybookers or some other similar services. Paypal is currently accepted almost everywhere, it provides the best features and in my opinion, the Paypal web interface is the cleanest and easiest to use while providing a detailed information for each transaction. Moneybookers on other hand is also a growing alternative to Paypal, it is also widely accepted, but the downside for me is their web interface is somehow lacking and they didn’t provide a detailed information for each transaction like Paypal did.

They are both excellent, quick and cheap service to receive your money. Now I will going to compare the withdrawal process from both service, comparing the fee, rate and the time it needed to arrive to my bank account.

Happy New Year 2011

So we are in 2011 now. Happy new year!

Well, A little flashback to last year.

As far as my freelance career is concerned, I have improved about 158.18% compared to 2009 in earning. I have worked on small fixing project, PSD conversion project and even on a full featured website for medium business.

And on the art part, I still doing it as a hobby and improved a little over the year. Here is the compilation of my year by year progress.

Now a target in 2011:
– I will create a product and sell it in a marketplace (most likely a WordPress theme)
– Improving my work hours and balancing it with my hobby, learning something new if possible
– Buying some stuff that I was drolling on but couldn’t get one yet 😀

So that’s all. Happy new year again! Enjoy your holiday!

Ryougi Shiki Fan Art – I killed him

My latest fan art for Kara no Kyoukai’s Ryougi Shiki. This is one great anime with stunning graphics and animations. So I decide that I wanted to draw a fan art of the protagonist, Ryougi Shiki. And here it is.