An Introduction to AWS Polly, S3 and PHP.

AWS Polly is a service from Amazon that turns text into speech.  Its very simple to use and produces high quality audio files very quickly.  Building voice enabled applications is now really easy and simple.  Its great for all types of applications such as games, chatbots and learning. At Easyblog.org we use it for converting comments and other text into audio files for children to listen to.  This type of accessibility feature can really help young children, especially those with learning or other challenges in their life.

Lets take a quick look into how you can integrate AWS Polly into a website.  We will store the mp3 file in S3 and retrieve it for playback on a website.

We will then take this a step further and integrate it into an html webpage that submits the text to polly via JQuery Ajax and plays the result.

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Increasing the WordPress File Size Upload Limit

I do a lot of work on WordPress sites and one of the common issues I see is with administrators trying to increase the file size upload limits.  They either have difficulty finding the correct place to increase this limit or forget to increase things like script execution to allow for file processing times.

In this post I hope to address all these issues and explain what these commands actually do.

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