Fixing OpenSSL on WordPress Windows PHP 5.6+

Background: i ran into OpenSSL errors during the Disqus plugin setup. there’s tons of hits suggesting various solutions, below is the very simple solution that worked for me… Sample error messages: SSL routines:SSL3_GET_SERVER_CERTIFICATE:certificate verify failed<br /> Failed to enable crypto in ... TL;DR: download latest cacert.pem place it in a pertinent folder (e.g. $\wp-includes\certificates) edit your php.ini > openssl.cafile={full path to cacert.pem}

Automatic Header Links

I envied this little eye candy on some other blogs and it was easy to throw together.   If you’re on WordPress, a plugin like Simple Custom CSS and JS comes in handy for stuff like this. CSS a.headerLink:hover { color: inherit; opacity: 1; } a.headerLink { position: relative; transition: opacity 0.5s ease-in-out; cursor: pointer; opacity: .2; } a.headerLink i.fa { position: absolute; left: -1.5em; } a.headerLink:focus { color: inherit !

HTML5 Canvas based 3d Tag Cloud

This guy has provided an amazingly comprehensive 3d library… the configuration options are endless. <!--[if lt IE 9]><script type="text/javascript" src="excanvas.js"></script><![endif]--> <script src='//' type='text/javascript'/> <script type="text/javascript"> $('#canvas3dTagCloud').tagcanvas({ textColour : '#000', outlineThickness : 2, maxSpeed : 0.03, depth : 0.75, zoom: 1.15, weight: true, weightFrom: "data-weight", weightSize: 5 }); </script> Below needs to be edited for your particular blog engine’s syntax for looping over tags (Google Blogger sample). Due to internal use of getElementById, it appears our canvas element must be targeted via an #Id selector in above jquery (i.

External Content in Blogger Post

Highlights: pull content from 3rd party source, using (CORS proxy) to avoid “no ‘access-control-allow-origin’ header is present on the requested resource” from what i can glean, Blogger does not offer any kind of server side include facility so we have to resort to client browser tricks and that means this content is NOT going to be crawled/googlable this approach relies on jQuery (Core) so you’ll need to have that referenced as well – example here, but also make sure you point at the latest version Usage:

Blogger Custom Domain

(taken from here) Enter Blogger Dashboard Settings Under Publishing section: Enter your custom domain in the first box complete with the www prefix. Check the redirect box under it. Save those settings. You’re done with the Blogger side. Log in to your domain registry account (, GoDaddy, etc.) First, especially if you ported your domain from another registrar like me, make sure that your domain is set to use your new registrar’s Nameservers.