HOW TO: Find PHP Version Of Your Web Server

Got a PHP Script that will run only for a specific PHP version? Want to install WordPress on a server, but you are not sure whether it will meet the requirements? Use this simple tip to remove the hassles.

Check PHP Version

1. Open notepad, copy and paste the following code.

<?
phpinfo();
?>

2. Save the file as checkversion.php (or some name with .php extension).

3. Now upload this file using any FTP Client software (I prefer Filezilla) and you can check other alternatives here.

4. Now open your web browser, and type this URL – http://sitename.com/checkversion.php

You will get a page with all the details regarding your host. From there you can get the PHP version and your server configuration easily.

Use Google To Find Creative Commons Content

You find a cool image on the web, and you use it on your blog? No offence? Nope, you are sued! Not only images but also content. They are copyrighted and should not be used without the author’s or owner’s permission. Here comes Creative Commons to the rescue. They are similar to the GPL and GNU Public License for Open Source software. Now I’ll show you how to find Creative Commons Content and Images using Google.

Finding Creative Common Content Using Google Web Search

When you search for a topic, the search URL will look like this.

http://www.google.com/search?q=wordpress

Now you just simply add this part to the end of it:

&as_rights=(cc_publicdomain|cc_attribute|cc_sharealike|cc_noncommercial|cc_nonderived)

Google Search For WordPress

So when you copied it to the end, your URL should now look like this:

http://www.google.com/search?q=wordpress&as_rights=(cc_publicdomain|cc_attribute|cc_sharealike|cc_noncommercial|cc_nonderived)

By default it will show only the pages that are free to use or share.


Finding Creative Common Images Using Google Image Search

For finding CC images the procedure is quite similar. Google Image Search has four options with different Creative Commons license. You can also create customized searches for other combination of licenses.

Google Image CC Search

  • Public domain images

    The person or persons who have associated work with this document (the “Dedicator” or “Certifier”) hereby either (a) certifies that, to the best of his knowledge, the work of authorship identified is in the public domain of the country from which the work is published, or (b) hereby dedicates whatever copyright the dedicators holds in the work of authorship identified below (the “Work”) to the public domain.

    http://images.google.com/images?q=wordpress&as_rights=cc_publicdomain

  • Creative Commons Attribution

    You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).

    http://images.google.com/images?q=wordpress&as_rights=cc_attribute

  • Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike

    You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

    http://images.google.com/images?q=wordpress&as_rights=cc_sharealike

Creative Commons also has a search option for finding CC content.

You can also use Google for checking flight schedules and with Google, the possibilities for other search queries are limitless.

3 Simple Ways To Find The RSS Subscribers Of Any Blog

RSS Subscribers Count (whether it is genuine or not) is one of the ways, advertisers use to analyse the popularity of blogs and websites, well mostly blogs.

If someone is interested in keeping their banners or links on your blog, they will most probably check your Alexa Rank, PageRank, and RSS Subscribers, since these 3 can be easily obtained. But some bloggers disable RSS Subscribers Count.

Below I mentioned 3 simple ways to find the RSS Subscribers. Though they are not that much accurate, they are however approximate.

#1 – Finding The RSS Subscribers Using FeedProxy URL

Find the URL of the RSS Feed of your desired blog. In this case, I’m considering Digital Inspiration.

This is the sample address of the RSS Feed (this one uses FeedBurner’s MyBrand Feature).

http://feeds.labnol.org/labnol

Grab the feed name (i.e., labnol)

Append http://feedproxy.google.com/~fc/ just before it. The result is :

http://feedproxy.google.com/~fc/labnol

Now use this URL to check the Real RSS Subscribers Count.

Feedproxy subscribers

You can also use this URL for detecting : http://feeds.feedburner.com/~fc/labnol


#2 – Finding RSS Subscribers Using Google Reader

Google ReaderYou can also use Google Reader to check the RSS Subscribers of blogs. This method will be useful when your desired blog is not using FeedBurner service.

These numbers are however approximate as they only include the RSS subscriber base of Google Reader, iGoogle and Google Desktop users as determined by Google FeedFetcher. You can also use Google Reader to track your comments on the web.

Find the RSS Subscriber Count with Google Reader [Tutorial Link]


#3 – Find The RSS Subscribers Count – Desktop Software

Ram Kumar from ByteChip.com did a great job by developing a Desktop Software for checking the RSS Subscribers count for blogs. All you need is the feed name.

Desktop Count

Cool features of this download include Circulation, Hits and Reach on a given day, you can get the Details on a period of time,
Export to CSV (Comma Separated Value) available, and so on. There are two version of this software, one for computer with .NET installed and one for computers without .NET. [Download Software]

Do you know any other trick for finding the RSS Subscribers of blogs (if they disabled it). Kindly share them in the comments below.