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Convert large numbers into a more readable format

Author Aaron    Category Programming     Tags , ,

It can be tricky to really understand the value of 7312946 or 983217 at the first glance. Saying 7.3M and 983k seems like a much better option. How to convert numbers into a nicer format? Like this:

 * create a nicely formatted number
 * @param $number a large number
 * @param $shorten default true = append k or M, false = format with commas and dots
 * @return int
function createHumanReadableInteger($number, $shorten = true) {
	if (is_numeric($number)) {
		if ($shorten) {
			if ($number < 100000) {
				$return_int = number_format($number, 0);
			} else {
				$number_proc = $number;
				$units = explode(" ", "B k M G T P");
				for ($i = 0; $number_proc > 1000; $i++) {
					$number_proc = $number_proc / 1000;
				if ($number > 1000000) {
					$return_int = round($number_proc, 2) . " " . $units[$i];
				} else {
					$return_int = round($number_proc, 1) . " " . $units[$i];	
		} else {
			$return_int = number_format($number, 0);
		return $return_int;	
	} else {
		return 0;

Avoid broken links on your website

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With Google Trends for Websites you can analyze any website’s visitors, be it your own website or your competitor’s website. You can figure out what country / region represents the largest portion of website’s visitors, what other websites those visitors like as well and what those visitors have been searching for in the past. This way you can figure out what your visitors are interested in and you can make sure that your website gives them exactly what they want.

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