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New layout packaged with a PHP str_rot13() encryption

I figured after 18 months it would be nice to get a new layout. I settled on AquaNova by NattyWP. After a few minor adjustments of the content, CSS, and orientation, I have a pretty nice new layout. One thing that I disliked about using this layout was that the footer came preloaded with a STR_ROT13() encryption, sort of like a caesar cipher/shift cipher. For those of you who don’t know, shift ciphers shift each character in your input by a given amount, obscuring the code. PHP’s str_rot13() function does the following:

The ROT13 encoding simply shifts every letter by 13 places in the alphabet while leaving non-alpha characters untouched. Encoding and decoding are done by the same function, passing an encoded string as argument will return the original version.

NattyWP preloaded their footer.php file with one of these ciphers so that users couldn’t remove all of the “Created by NattyWP” links plus all of the other mumbo-jumbo they add to the list. Well, after a quick google search, I was able to decipher the cipher using Josh’s Random Non-Sense Blog (Big Thanks!).

Also, on a similar, bu t different note, I’ve decided to include Google Friend Connect on this site. I’ll do some more reading about it soon, and make a post about it in the near future.

Happy Holidays!

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