How To Display Chinese Characters Properly With WordPress

If you’re trying to display languages other than English on your WordPress blogs, you may encounter problems displaying them properly. We had some issues come up with clients who wanted to display Chinese characters on their WordPress blogs, but got “???” instead.

chinese character

The way to resolve this has got to do with the following lines in your wp-config.php file. This file is in your WordPress root directory. Just edit it, and look for these lines:

define(’DB_CHARSET’, ‘utf8?);
define(’DB_COLLATE’, ”);

Comment out the lines by adding double slashes to the start of the lines, like this. Commenting simply excludes them, so they’re still there, but aren’t run as part of the code.

// define(’DB_CHARSET’, ‘utf8?);
// define(’DB_COLLATE’, ”);

Once that’s done, you may have to publish your posts again to re-insert them into your database, and you should see your WordPress posts showing Chinese characters properly now.


BILL POH

Senior Tech Writer for Vodien Internet Solutions

Bill Poh is the Senior Tech Writer at Vodien and he covers web hosting, online marketing, social media, business and the latest tech innovations. When not writing, he’s busy pursuing his passion for photography, graphic design, and creative arts.

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How To Run A Successful Brainstorming Session

Brainstorming, if done right, can help generate great ideas for the problems that you’re facing. Brainstorming, however, must be done so that idea generation is encouraged. As such, negativity and criticism must be prevented, otherwise people would start being discouraged and they wouldn’t want to contribute to the idea generation process.

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For this scenario, we’ll use the hypothetical example of coming up with a name for our website that sells widgets.

Step 1: Define What You Want To Have

Here you would state what you want to achieve, so you’d list the problem that you want ideas to be generated for. Following our example, this would be the naming of our website. For you, it might be the naming of a new product or service, or the solution of a problem that you have with backing up your data.

The thing to note here is not to define your problem scope too narrowly. For example, saying that you want to find ideas for “how to backup my data to my external hard drive every day” would be too narrow. Perhaps the solution would be something that bypasses your external hard drive completely? Perhaps you need to use an online backup service? Perhaps you can come up with a solution that does backups not every day, but instantaneously? So, the question you really should be asking is “how to backup my data in the most efficient way”.

Step 2: What Are The Characteristics Or Properties

You’d want to properly state the characteristics and properties that your problem has. In our case, it’ll be whatever widgets that the website sells, and any other unique characteristics. For example, assuming our hypothetical website has a unique directory, or an article section with helpful guides and tutorials, then these are the characteristics of our website.

If you want to give a name to your product, then you’ll need to identify what your product is and does. For example, if your product is a new web hosting service that helps people with security, this may be a list that you’ll have:

  • Secure web hosting
  • Shared web hosting
  • Easy to use
  • Fuss-free maintenance

Step 3: What Are The Desired Properties of the Idea

In our example, this would be the desired properties of our website’s name. So let’s say we want the name to suggest the following:

  • Fun
  • Cool
  • Business
  • Authoritative
  • Innovation

That would be the desired properties of our idea, and this gives us a boundary to work within.

Step 4: Idea Generation

This is where the actual idea generation occurs, and can be done with 1 or more people. Ideally there shouldn’t be that many people (8 would be a good cap). Throw out any idea you have on to a whiteboard or drawing paper, and have a person act as a facilitator. Remember – criticism is not allowed at this stage. One of the facilitator’s roles is to guide the idea generation process, and to invoke new thoughts if the train of thought seems to be stuck on a particular path.

Step 5: Idea Filtering

At this stage you should have a very long list of ideas. This is when you need to be critical and rate the ideas based on the list of desired characteristics that you came up with in Step 3. A simple scale from 1-5 can be used, where 1 is poor and 5 is great. This would allow you to remove the bulk of your ideas – these ideas aren’t bad, but they’re just not that relevant or applicable to your problem.

Finally, you should have a shortlist of ideas. This is when you and your team will decide on the one final idea that just “clicks”. One great example of a fantastic idea is the name for Twitter. Twitter is essentially a social networking website, and the founders wanted something that conveys the conversations that occur on the site. Because they had a clear idea of what they wanted to represent, they could come up with the idea of birds and the sound they make (which was “twitter”). Short, simple, concise, brilliant.


BILL POH

Senior Tech Writer for Vodien Internet Solutions

Bill Poh is the Senior Tech Writer at Vodien and he covers web hosting, online marketing, social media, business and the latest tech innovations. When not writing, he’s busy pursuing his passion for photography, graphic design, and creative arts.

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Creative Storybook App For The Apple iPad

The Apple iPad has opened many doors for creative people, and this app is by far the most creative one that we’ve seen so far, mainly because it’s an amazing way of presenting what print has been trying to do for the last few hundred years.

Check out the short clip above. The story doesn’t try to enforce a vision of what it should be, like the way movies do, but does it in a very engaging manner that can easily capture the attention of young children. We’re very excited to see what other innovations can surface on the iPad.


BILL POH

Senior Tech Writer for Vodien Internet Solutions

Bill Poh is the Senior Tech Writer at Vodien and he covers web hosting, online marketing, social media, business and the latest tech innovations. When not writing, he’s busy pursuing his passion for photography, graphic design, and creative arts.

Here are some of the other pages created by Bill Poh:

Last 20 Cool Single English Word Domains

The number of available domains that use English words is decreasing alarmingly. It’s true – there are only about 35,000 single English word domains left available (.com / .net). Of these, here are the top 20 that we think should be a part of your domain name collection. If you’re thinking about any of these, you should grab them now before they’re gone forever.

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  1. Alluringly.net
  2. Attractively.net
  3. Ballsier.net
  4. Barterers.net
  5. Catchiest.net
  6. Colourfully.com
  7. Cognitively.net
  8. Craftiest.net
  9. Coziness.net
  10. Edgier.net
  11. Euphorically.net
  12. Fuzziest.net
  13. Geekiest.net
  14. Hoaxer.net
  15. Indecently.net
  16. Kiddingly.net
  17. Loftily.net
  18. Meltdowns.net
  19. Spookier.net
  20. Trickily.com

Considering that an available costs only SGD20, and buying it from someone else can go up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, you should reserve your domain name even if you aren’t sure if you’re really going to use it. Get your own by registering a domain name with us today before it’s taken up by someone else!


BILL POH

Senior Tech Writer for Vodien Internet Solutions

Bill Poh is the Senior Tech Writer at Vodien and he covers web hosting, online marketing, social media, business and the latest tech innovations. When not writing, he’s busy pursuing his passion for photography, graphic design, and creative arts.

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Free Desktop Wallpaper (for Windows, Mac OS, Linux) – Industrial

“Industrial” is the name of our new free desktop wallpaper that has a textured metal surface. Once again, this is a free desktop wallpaper that you can use for Windows, Mac OS, or GNU/Linux, so grab it now!

Like it? Let us know, and we can work on more in the future!

free desktop wallpaper for windows, mac, unix
industrial
Standard and wide-screen desktop wallpaper for Windows, Mac OS and GNU/Linux.
  Standard
1024×768
1280×960
1400×1050
1600×1200
1920×1440
Widescreen
1280×800
1440×900
1680×1050
1920×1200
2560×1600

Right-click on your chosen size and select “Save image as” to download the wallpaper to your harddrive. Unsure of your screen resolution? Click here to check what your monitor resolution is.


BILL POH

Senior Tech Writer for Vodien Internet Solutions

Bill Poh is the Senior Tech Writer at Vodien and he covers web hosting, online marketing, social media, business and the latest tech innovations. When not writing, he’s busy pursuing his passion for photography, graphic design, and creative arts.

Here are some of the other pages created by Bill Poh: