Phpinfo Blank Page

Here’s how to fix when phpinfo is displaying a blank page. The install is missing this php module.

apt install php libapache2-mod-php

Restart after install.

service apache2 restart

CodeIgniter 2.1.3 on PHP7

If you’re still running older versions of CodeIgniter, here are a couple of tips to make it work with PHP7.

  1. Make sure to install all PHP tools and libraries that comes with PHP7. I was missing curl.
  2. Change your database driver from mysql to mysqli (application/config/config.php).
  3. Fix the /system/core/Common.php error or as some prefer, upgrade to a newer version.

Considering v2.1.3 is very old (currently 3.1.10) , I’m surprised it works with PHP7 with just a few modifications.

Comparing Time

Here’s a neat little PHP script that compares a set date/time to the current time. The time() function sets the $now variable to the current Unix timestamp. The strtotime() function converts a date string to a Unix timestamp. The result is assigned to the $setdate variable. The two variables containing Unix timestamps are then compared. A simple if-then statement determines if the date is in the past or future.

date_default_timezone_set('America/Los_Angeles');
$setdate = strtotime("May 9, 2017 12:27PM");
$now = time();
if ( $setdate > $now ) : echo 'Future date'; else : echo 'Past date'; endif;

You may have to change the default timezone if your server is in a different timezone.

Quick Database Check

Here’s a quick PHP script to check if your web server can connect to your MySQL database. It’s a neat little script if you don’t have any application installed yet, and you just want to see if your web server setup can quickly connect to the database. All you have to do is create a new file called connect.php, and place the following code inside. Just change the username, password and database. Most likely the hostname will be localhost.

$ sudo nano /var/www/html/connect.php
$username = "user";
$password = "password";
$hostname = "hostname";
$database = "database";
 
$dbhandle = mysql_connect($hostname, $username, $password) or die("Unable to connect to MySQL");
echo "Successfully Connected to the MySQL Database.<br/>";
 
$selected = mysql_select_db("$dbname", $dbhandle) or die("Could not select database");
echo "Successfully Connected to Database called: $database";

It’s also available on my Github gist.