I recently had to set emails up for a client through 123Reg and had no luck finding 123Reg’s MX records if you wanted to use your own, custom nameservers.
For consistency across our hosting clients, I wanted to point the nameservers for the client’s domain name to our systems, and then alter the MX records for email at our end. There is a guide on 123Reg.co.uk for setting your MX records up using their nameservers, but not any guides if you want to use your own nameservers, so after quite a bit of digging I found them (in this thread on cPanel’s forums).
So, I wrote this quick tip up to prevent the hour of swearing and head-scratching I’ve just endured:
Of course, there are a couple of caveats to using your own nameservers and pointing MX back to 123Reg this way:
- 123Reg could change their MX records and screw your emails up, but I think this is pretty unlikely!
- It’s a good idea to know what you’re doing. 123Reg.co.uk has a (basic) guide to MX records
Sorting out my expenses for Richard Carter Consultancy Ltd which launched last year, I was trying to track down payments to Three UK for mobile in my bank statements and couldn’t find any references to the (so I thought) obvious “THREE”, “THREEUK”, “3UK” or even “3″ as a payee name in my online bank statements.
Three UK’s reference in my bank statements, as it turns out, appears as H3G appended by a customer reference number or similar, which stands for “Hutchison 3G”. In retrospect, fairly obvious when I think about it!
Hopefully this post will help someone wasting 20 minutes of their life looking like I did!
Being a Twitter addict pays off on occasion: Graham had a +1 for a press preview night at the new 360 Champagne Bar in MetroCentre’s Platinum Mall, and not wanting free champagne to go to waste, I was obliged to join him.
I think the cynical side of me (“a champagne bar? In Gateshead?” ) is now a convert: the incoming platinum mall changes – slightly more upmarket shops – and the open air feel to it really work; it’s much more relaxed in feeling than the sometimes raucous Ebony champagne bar in Durham, which can only really be described as a ‘zoo’ on a Saturday night. The staff, I was told, are all based on their ability to bring someone more than pouring champagne: one guy in particular was really quick with card tricks!
Part of my interest (aside from the free champagne, obviously) was in getting the champagne bar’s details on to our student directory websites; as such, 360 Champagne Bar is now online in our Newcastle Uni Students website. Of course, if you want a more sensible review, Graham has duly obliged, with his usual retail twist. (Note to self: link to Graham’s blog).
Photo courtesy of Soult’s Retail View, because I was too lazy to remember to take any whilst I was there.
- Designer, Meet jQuery
- Enhancing Links
- Making a Better FAQ Page
- Building Custom Scrollbars
- Creating Custom Tooltips
- Building an Interactive Navigation Menu
- Navigating Asynchronously
- Showing Content in Lightboxes
- Creating Slideshows
- Featuring Content in Carousels and Sliders
- Creating an Interactive Data Grid
- Improving Forms
There are some more involved recipes towards the end of the book including building asynchronous navigation alongside the usual suspects for any jQuery book (i.e., slideshows and carousels). Recipes are well explained throughout, with plenty of screenshots to help orientate the reader as to how much progress they should have made since the last step, and any common pitfalls seem to be mentioned with a remedy.
There are a few recipes that replicate things you could achieve with good old CSS these days. For example, one recipe (Adding Icons To Links in chapter 2), guides the reader through using jQuery to add a class to links to certain file types. So, if a link in the page was to a PDF, this jQuery snippet adds a class of
That’s fine as a case study to demonstrate the relevant principles in jQuery, but could be misleading to less experienced web designers; a note to point out that it could also be achieved through CSS would have been a nice touch!
jQuery for Designers Beginner’s Guide: overall
As a guide to jQuery for designers, jQuery for Designers Beginner’s Guide is a great introduction, with plenty of recipes for common tasks a web designer might need jQuery to do to enhance a website.
Other reviews of the jQuery Beginner’s Guide
I was gifted jQuery for Designers Beginner’s Guide book in exchange for the review.
Is Newcastle upon Tyne in Scotland? Is Durham in Scotland? A lot of tourists and southerners seem to ask these as the train pulls through the station.
And now the answer is available in one easy to read website: isnewcastleupontyneinscotland.co.uk.