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Capture iPhone/iPod web traffic using Fiddler proxy

Posted by TechGeek on September 7, 2011

If you have an iPhone or iPod touch and you want to capture web traffic, you can use Fiddler web debugging proxy to easily capture web traffic. Fiddler is a Web Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP or HTTPs traffic between your computer and the Internet. You can also debug traffic from popular devices like Windows Phone, iPod/iPad, and others. If you have a laptop and wireless connection, using Fiddler as proxy you can capture GET or POST request sent from your iPhone or iPod. To capture HTTP traffic,

1)      Install Fiddler on your computer.

2)      In Fiddler, go to Tools ->  Fiddler Options, click on Connections tab.

3)      Click on Allow remote computers to connect. By default, Fiddler uses port 8888.

4)      Restart Fiddler to take new changes made by you.

5)      Make sure your Firewall allows remote access or disable your Firewall.

6)      On you iPhone/iPod, go to Settings -> Wi-Fi

7)      Click on the blue right button besides your Wi-Fi connection which is active.

8)      On the network settings scroll down to HTTP proxy settings, click on Manual tab.

9)      Enter your HOST (your laptop) IP address and Port as 8888.

10)   Browse your websites from your iPhone or iPod and you can see Fiddler starts capturing HTTP(S) traffic.

Fiddler is very good web debugging proxy and can be handy for devices like iPhone or iPod. You can see HTTP headers, GET or POST request made by any application installed on your device.

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Solution: WordPress categories do not appear on your site

Posted by TechGeek on August 9, 2011

Is WordPress categories do not appear on your site? I too have encountered this before while working on my site.  I had about 35 categories at that time, only 4 parent and 6 sub categories were displayed on the site. It took a long time to come up with, but it is very easy to deal with a problem. Actually, every theme has some PHP code related to displaying the categories on the site. You must change the code in order to solve the display problem, if it is equal to mine.

In your WordPress admin panel, go to Appearance > Editor

1)      Go to either your “header.php” file or “functions.php” (Theme Functions) file.

2)      Look for function name like “wp_list_categories()” function call. In my case it was

“<?php wp_list_categories( ‘title_li=&orderby=count&number=10&order=DESC’ ); ?>”

See the parameters passed to this function. It shows only 10 categories in descending order, which is the maximum amount of posts. That’s the reason my site earlier used to display only 4 parent and 6 sub categories. If you change the “&number=” parameter let’s say to 50, it will display all the categories on your site.

This can vary depending on the themes and PHP files used. Here are the details of this function listed on WordPress site. If you have added category with zero posts, you will have to add “&hide_empty=0” parameter to display the category.

Once you make changes to this code, all categories should be displayed whether they have posts or not. If you want to exclude any single category, find its category ID and add “&exclude=ID” parameter.

I hope this is helpful.

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