WordPress semi-automated deployment with GIT & Composer*

It is a very tedious & time consuming task to deploy a website to it's destination trough FTP, not to mention the possibility of human errors due to this cherry picking process. It all started with: hmmmm....FTP is so 1990   The search To eliminate the possible errors, and to speed up the process, I […]

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Setup HTTP security Headers in WordPress

The Internet is a free and open platform to share knowledge and information. Over the years, organisations with less good and honest intentions abused the free and open character of the Internet to attack its users. This for money, data and many other purposes. You can improve internet security in a lot of ways if you […]

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Docker management with Portainer on DigitalOcean

Until some time ago we used Docker Cloud to manage our web applications. But with Docker Cloud shutting down these services, we had to find a new way to setup and manage our applications. So we set out to look at and try out some of the available solutions. Among these were Docker swarm mode, […]

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Https on your ExpressJS/Docker server: auto-ssl

Dockerized ExpressJS app over https. I realise that this may be a somewhat niche situation, and even if you are using a Dockerized ExpressJS application, maybe you already have your own https solution? Nevertheless we came up with an interesting solution for this situation. Our app team consists of avid users of both Docker and […]

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HowTo: Slack integration for UptimeRobot

Getting notifications for UptimeRobot monitoring You may have wondered if it is possible to view the status of your websites at a glance in your Slack or HipChat. And it turns out to be relatively simple.  In this guide I will be focusing on UptimeRobot integration with Slack and go through the process step by […]

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Mapping Belgium's air quality with React.js and REST api's

Introduction In this blog post, I will be presenting the React.js application that I started working on during my internship with AppSaloon. Using today's popular javascript frameworks and libraries, like node.js, react.js with redux, REST api's and leaflet.js, we developed an application that will show you the air quality around Belgium at a glance. But […]

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How to make your website faster by using CRONTAB

The goal of this post is to enlighten you about the possible configuration to setup your cron and how to make your website faster by choosing the right cron setup. WordPress uses WP-CRON default for the cron setup. However a big disappointment is that it only runs when the website has page requests. So for […]

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WP-GDPR plugin

Free download In an earlier blogpost we wrote about GDPR and our expertise. In the meantime, we took action and created a plugin to make WordPress websites GDPR-ready. We have a lot of clients using comments and forms on their website, from a contact-form to a shipping-form or an application form.  All these sites need […]

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Translate Cornerstone headers and footers in Theme X

As a Belgian based webdevelopment team, we often create multilingual websites. WPML is one of the most-used plugins to make WordPress websites translatable. We used it for multiple websites like One of our clients uses Themeco's Pro theme to build websites and include WPML for the translations. Since the first release of Pro in April, it was impossible […]

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What we know about GDPR

May 2016, we received the final text of the new European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It will become enforceable in all EU member states on 25 May 2018. This regulation aims to address the new ways of exploiting personal data through the internet and cloud technology. It also wants to offer businesses a clearer legal environment […]

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Takeaways from PHP Antwerp - Time functions

Normally time functions are not hard to handle, but the presentation "What every developer should know about time, no excuses" by Joeri Sebrechts in Antwerp changed my point of view. Countries change time zones whenever they want (Russia) or change time 4 times a year (Morocco). Bugs are made because of time miscalculations, which has stopped […]

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Condolence manager premium plugin

In 2013, a progressive entrepreneur came to AppSaloon and asked us to create a WordPress Website with a built-in tool to give friends and family the opportunity to show their support to the relatives of a deceased. Over the years, this tool became a  full fledged WordPress plugin to not only condole but also give families the possibility […]

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