Category Archives: Php

Laravel Homestead Database Export and Import

SSH into your homestead box and run the two commands to export or import your databases via the Aliases below. or https://github.com/laravel/homestead/pull/542

Hex2Bin function

One host I know of refuses to upgrade anything and this is a hex2bin function in case you get :    

Load custom php.ini with CRON job

Live and learn. I didn’t realize that when a cron job runs, it does not load the site php.ini file, but by adding a custom directive, we can tell the the php cron job to load the file. The error I was receiving is below even though I had allow_url_fopen enabled:
Warning: simplexml_load_file(): http:// wrapper is disabled in the server configuration by allow_url_fopen=0 in /home/username/script.php on line 12
Adding the custom directive resolved the issue and hopefully will for you too.

Save remote image to server with PHP

I was working on a project where I was using an API to connect to Amazon to pull book details via ISBN. I needed to store the remote images on my server to be associated with the product that was being created and I put together these few lines of code to do so. It obviously will need to be reworked for your own needs, but the logic is below.


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If you wanted to use directories on server you could (remove the last line above and) do something like



This WordPress code tag BS is pissing me off and I will be finding a plugin to allow all this to be copied and pasted easily 🙂