Now, I am sure that we all like to have things simple. There are many things in life that have to be complicated but you DPS Computing account just got even simpler to use!
As our regular visitors and members will know, one of the measures that we use to prevent spam on the website is to disable commenting for guests. However, we realise that registering an account, filling out forms, checking e-mails just register and make one comment can be a bit OTT.
So now, we’ve made it really simple for anyone with a Facebook or WordPress.com account. On the right hand side there are some new social media login buttons underneath the normal login form. Whether you are currently registered on the site or not, you can use these secure logins to login to your existing DPS Computing account or register a DPS Computing account with your social media details.
Simple – registering and login all rolled into one easy process using accounts you have already created!
For our existing members, as long as your verified email address on your Facebook / WordPress.com account is the same as the email address you provided to DPS Computing we’ll automatically link your accounts – so theres no need to worry about losing your previous account information, posts or comments on DPS Computing.
So, basically, whether you need to register an account, login to your account or link your DPS Computing account to your social media / Facebook / WordPress.com accounts, just use the ‘Connect With’ buttons on the right hand side, underneath the usual login form, and all the necessary actions will be taken within a couple of seconds and automatically.
It’s never been easier to join in the debate at DPS Computing :).
Please feel free to leave comments or issues you are having with the new social media logins :).
Today, we are going to have a look at solving PHP memory problems – which for most of you will be evident when using some form of site software such as Joomla!, WordPress or other similar pieces of software.
Signs that you are having PHP memory problems include, but are not limited to, the following:
Pages not fully loading.
‘Out of memory’ error messages.
Failure of components / plugins / features to work as expected.
Of course it should be noted that there can be other causes for these errors, but PHP memory problems are a chief culprit, especially if you are seeing a combination of the side effects above.
It is even more likely to be a PHP memory issue if you have just installed a new plugin or added new features.
Now, if it is a PHP memory problem, you may notice somewhere on the affected pages a message similar to this:
“Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted”
You’ll probably also notice after this message that there is a (usually long, judging by the line number referenced!) PHP file referenced there. The numbers of bytes may be different for you as this refers to the maximum memory currently allowed to PHP scripts and software on your web hosting account (or server). The numbers above represent a current limit of 32MB (which is fairly standard – although some shared hosting accounts are known to be limited to 8MB to prevent abuse).
Now, if you manage your own server (dedicated, semi dedicated, VPS, reseller etc) then you’re in luck! It couldn’t be easier to solve!
Access WHM (or your equivalent server management control panel) and go to:
Service Configuration >>> PHP Configuration Editor
From here, go to the text box with the section listed as “Core” and the directive listed as “memory_limit”.
There will be a value in this box. As you’ve got a PHP memory error, this isn’t high enough at the moment. Although I must caution you, it is not advisable to set the limit to -1 (no memory limit) as this can cause a script to rapidly eat and eat all your memory and make the server crash – which is obviously something that I expect most of you do not want to happen!!
For most people that manage their server, this limit will have defaulted to 32MB. Increasing it to 64MB will solve most of these PHP memory issues fairly permanently (of course depending on the nature of your website, its complexity and how many plugins and extra features you add to it). In any case, it should be more than suitable for now – if not, it would be advisable for you to check for malicious scripting activity or bugs as no PHP script or software should be eating memory that fast!
Click the ‘Save’ button at the bottom and you have successfully upgraded the memory limit for PHP scripts – no server reboot or service restarts required!!!
If you are on a shared server, you might be out of luck – and you’re probably going to have to talk to your host about this. Obviously you won’t have access to WHM and would require your host to make these changes – however they likely will not do this in a shared server. The easiest solution in this case would be to upgrade your account to something where you have a bit more control – maybe a VPS. The likelihood is that if you are requiring quite an increase in your PHP memory limit that you are outgrowing your shared package anyway.
Microsoft has e-mailed all users that have MySpace connected to their Windows Live account that over the next few weeks, Windows Live support for MySpace will essentially be discontinued. Microsoft e-mailed all applicable Windows Live users regarding this stating that MySpace information (including posts by MySpace user’s friends) will no longer be automatically imported.
MySpace is definitely declining in popularity, and was sold to Specific Media (opens in a new window) and Justin Timberlake in late June 2011 for around just $35 million USD. The company, along with Justin, are trying to turn the social networking service into a social hub for music and artists.