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Beautiful color selection made easy

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 by Servage
Have you ever been trying to figure out how to get the colors for your web project design to match each other? Or have you ever been stuck trying to find suitable colors for a website that should match an existing logo to integrate in the corporate identity? Color selection can be easy if you know exactly what you want, but mostly you are starting from scratch, maybe with an idea or preset main color. However, how do you define proper fitting colors to go along with the main color, to both fit the intended design and be aesthetic at the same time? Maybe you have heard of complementary colors? Being ...

Create nice documentation for your PHP code

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 by Servage
It's a common problem amongh developers that insufficiently or no documentation of code causes problems, delays, misunderstandings. Even code you wrote yourself could look really strange after a while, when you no longer remember what's exactly going on. At this point a good documentation could help you save time and nerves. PhpDocumentor is a good script that generates documentation for your code based on inline comments in your script files. It can generate various output formats, has different themes, and is very customizable. It only requires that you actually commend your code. You can read how to comment your code easily in the PhpDocumentor manual. There are a ...

Auto-install popular scripts. It’s magic!

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 by Servage
Hey, have you ever wondered why so many free scripts are complicated to setup? Why don't they always work out of the box? Exactly! It's annoying! Many Servage users think that way, and I can only agree with you. And it doesn't have to be like that. With the Autoinstaller tool in your Servage account, you can install many of the most common open source scripts within seconds. It's as simple as pressing the mouse button. The need for an Autoinstaller Most open source scripts require somewhere in the area of a few to a lot of things to setup and customize, depending on your hosting account, before it works. This is often because the developers have made ...

Validation of EU VAT numbers

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 by Servage
eu_flagCompanies that reside in the EU are obligated to check the validity of business customers' VAT numbers before engaging in intra-community tax-exempt transactions. For example if you are a British company providing an online service to a German company, you would need to validate the German company's VAT number in order to legally skip the VAT on the invoicing. Obvisouly it would make sense to du this programatically during your order process, which is why the European VAT Number Validation API is ideal. The API allows you to validate any given EU VAT number directly from your code by using the following GET request URL - for example in PHP ...

Some info about the Servage control panel – directory listing

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 by Helge
In case you want a web-directory to behave just like any other folder on your local PC, you'll need to enable directory listing in our Servage account. Please check further information regarding to this subject in our Wiki:directorylisting In case of questions, remarks, or webhosting  related questions, please get in touch with our support team via our support ticket system. If you  shouldn't have an Servage account  yet, please contact us via our 24/7 live chat on

Emails for your business: free vs. domain email address

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 by Helge
You are using a free e-mail service for your business  right now? If yes, please read the following.e-mailservice One  benefit of using a custom domain name for your website is the fact that you can easily get a professional e-mail address using your domain name. In this article, we will show you why using your own domain name for your email address is better than using a free email service provider. Your user expect your business to have a domain name and a website. An email address like tells people you’re serious about your business. Free email services, are easy to use for private purposes, but when you use a ...

Designing with Sketch

Thursday, February 25th, 2016 by Servage
SketchWeb design has been ruled by Photoshop and other heavy-weights for decades. Even here at the Servage blog we are currently working on a ten-part Photoshop web design tutorial, and there is no question that Photoshop is one of the most popular design softwares available. Unfortunately Photoshop is also a very expensive piece of software and for many hobby or beginner developers it is simply not feasible to spend so much on a software license. Furthermore Photoshop was originally designed for manipulating photos, thus it is not really optimized for web development - even though working with Photoshop renders great results, it could be more efficient. Over the years there have been a few ...

Snap tool makes working more efficient

Thursday, February 11th, 2016 by Servage
better-snap-toolAre you also one of those computer users who ends up with way too many open windows? Do you know the situation where you are loosing track of which windows you have and where they are? Do you find yourself dragging your windows around a lot, to make room for other windows, to get a better overview, or to work across multiple open windows at the same time? If you are recognizing some of the just mentioned issues, then you will likely be very happy to know that there is relief available. Many developers work like mentioned above, and thankfully BetterSnapTool helps you out in these situations. It enables you to drag ...

Web-based code editor for your website

Monday, March 11th, 2013 by Servage
Are you coding on a local server and upload to your hosting account? Or do your maybe even code straight on the web server in the live page? Either way, you may strongly consider a web-based coding editor, which integrates your development environment with your hosting account even better. Below is a list of some great tools to help you. CodeAnywhere Very robust development tool with Code editor, FTP Client, CSS Editor, Dropbox support, Sandbox, iPhone App, iPad App, Android App and BB Playbook. Coderun Mature tool with projects in multiple languages, syntax coloring and code-completion, compile code and review build errors, run and debug code in multiple platforms, and more. Koding Brand new, formerly ...

Track web analytics for your site

Monday, November 26th, 2012 by Servage
One of the most important things to know in order to optimize your website, is analytics about your visitors. The type of information relevant to you - visits, pageviews, geographic location, demographics, time spent on pages etc. are individual and up to your specific site. However, in order to do anything, you need to collect the data first. Some major services like Google AdWords have placed themselves as big players in the market, but are facing criticism increasingly for violating privacy or other infringements. Therefore a lot of smaller projects have surfaced, self-hosted or not, but with better control and sometimes better features - depending on your needs. Take a look ...