Ajax Image upload & Resize with PHP ImageMagick & jQuery

PHP GD library is more than enough for image processing, it supports numerous image formats and offers enough capabilities. But sometimes enough is not enough, sometimes we want to try out ImageMagick, just for the sake of performance, code clarity or just to explore more functionality. So today instead of using PHP GD, we are going to create an image upload and resize script using ImageMagick (PHP) and jQuery.

Test send PHP emails locally (xampp) Windows

If you are required to test the functionality of PHP mail in your projects, which is without having to use external mail server, you can try these steps which will allow you to send and open emails locally. I assume you are running XAMPP server on your computer, it should work fine with WampServer too without any configuration.

Backup Website and Database using PHP exec()

PHP exec() function is usually disabled in most shared web hosting servers because of security reasons, but if you are on VPS or dedicated server, you could use exec commands to backup your website or mysql database. Before you start, using code below check whether exec is enabled, if it fails you should ask your host to make sure it is even allowed! 123if(function_exists('exec')) {     echo "enabled"; } Back-up folder The following exec command should back-up your website folder. 12345678$folder_to_backup = "/path/to/folder"; $backup_folder = "/path/to/backup/folder"; exec("tar -cvf $backup_folder/backupfile.gz $folder_to_backup/* --exclude='$folder_to_backup/*.gz'", $results, $result_value); if ($result_value == 0){     echo "The archive has been successfully created!"; } else {     echo "Archive creation failed!"; } Back-up MySql database To back-up your MySql database, simply copy/paste this code in a PHP file, change to your MySql credentials and run. 123456789101112$mysql_host = "localhost"; $mysql_user = "username"; $mysql_pass = "password"; $mysql_database = "my_database"; $backup_folder = "/path/to/backup/folder"; exec("mysqldump -h $mysql_host -u $mysql_user -p$mysql_pass $mysql_database  > $backup_folder/my-sql-backup.sql", $results, $result_value); if ($result_value == 0){     echo "The MySql backup successfully created!"; } else {     echo "MySql backup creation failed!"; }

Multi Items Payment with PayPal REST API (PHP)

To simplify things I created a simple Payment System with PayPal REST API in my previous post. But today I want to extend that tutorial making it bit complex and allowing customers to either pay with PayPal payment method or credit cards directly. Yes PayPal allows people to pay for your products directly using credit cards, which requires absolutely no user sign-in or sign-ups with PayPal.