Wild card domain to localhost because development matters

I have an A record for *.local at my test domain to

For web development it is often required to have a domain name rather than a subfolder in localhost. A vhost for a (sub)domain is easy to set up on my local apache instllation. I can have even a free, valid SSL certificate for that vhost. Wait, what? How can I have a valid certificate for free for a local domain? I use Let’s encrypt with DNS chalange. Sure every time I have to update the certifacte I have to change a DNS txt record, but that is easy.

Another reason why I have a wild card record to is that I can add as many vhosts for testing to apache and don’t have to add or change the DNS settings. Also I can use it on every computer as long as it can query the DNS server on the internet. I can even give my co worker my vhost config and it works without changes.

So *.local.apachehaus.de is free for development. But you can’t have a SSL certificate. If you want that, you can do the same trick with your domain.  Happy development.

Javascript getElmentsByClassName

If not having jquery this could be a solution

<script type="text/javascript">
function getElementsByClassName(classname, node)  {
    if(!node) node = document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0];
    var a = [];
    var re = new RegExp('\\b' + classname + '\\b');
    var els = node.getElementsByTagName("*");
    for(var i=0,j=els.length; i<j; i++){
    return a;

HTML5 Tags in IE7, IE8

To get HTML5 Tags working in Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) and Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), there is a simple workaround. Before the html head  close tag add

<!--[if lt IE 9]>

and in your css in the very first line(s)

header, nav, section, article, aside, footer, hgroup {
    display: block;


Than most html5 stuff shall work. Yes, things like input types still don’t work. That’s for sure, but at least the design won’t be broken, if you are using html5.

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