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As a developer in an industry where trends and languages grow and evolve at pace, it is virtually impossible to keep track of all the latest happenings. Thus, developers tend to specialise in certain languages or platforms which they watch. For example, while I keep tabs on developments within the PHP and WordPress communities, and […]

Default post thumbnails in WordPress

There is regular discussion within the WordPress user community on certain common encounters developers have when creating themes and plugins. One such discussion is around post thumbnails 1 and, more specifically, how to specify a default thumbnail. After reading a few discussions around this, I thought I’d share my take on things. There are a […]

Filtering the Options API in WordPress

The Options API in WordPress is one of the many APIs we all use every day when developing with WordPress. A quick use of get_option() is not uncommon. What if you could filter those options? You can. Adding filters in WordPress is also a common practice. Combining this with the Options API can allow for, […]

How to improve web developer coding practices (and code)

Every developer approaches their day to day development tasks from a different angle. In addition to this, each developer “designs” their code to suit their own personal preferences and approaches towards specifics in a project. When developers examine code written by other developers, we’re often critical (sometimes hyper-critical) of the code itself, mostly according to […]

Re-thinking the concept of the “impossible”

In today’s society, it seems to be a common occurrence to use the word “impossible”. For example, after climbing a mountain, one might say something like; “wow, that was impossible”. No it wasn’t… you just did it. Nowadays we seem to have a tendency to over-exaggerate (pardon the tautology there) and, in many cases, start to believe what […]

GROW BootCamp 2012 – The Creations

At the GROW Academy 2012, Jeff and I have been discussing and showcasing WordPress and what it can do. We’ve been working with the recruits, setting up WordPress.com websites and learning the system. We thought it’d be a cool idea to showcase what the recruits of 2012 have compiled.

GROW Academy Bootcamp 2012

This week, Jeff and I will be presenting at our second GROW Academy Bootcamp session. We’ll be discussing “Website Design & Development” with the recruits, running through WordPress and how to setup a website using WordPress.com or WordPress.org. The GROW Academy is an initiative to educate and empower the youth of today through technology. The […]

A Quick Guide to the WordPress Transients API

The Transient API in WordPress is one of the many APIs available in the WordPress core that, once used, become invaluable and used on a daily basis. This is a quick guide to getting started with the transients API, when to use it and why. The Transients API, while similar to the WordPress options API, […]

Re-thinking “Uncategorized” in WordPress

As WordPress users soon come to realise after setting up their website, a few defaults are loaded in. These defaults include a test “Hello World” post with a comment from Mr. WordPress, a “Sample Page’ with some text and instructions and the “Uncategorized” category, amongst the various default “Links” data and “Blogroll” category. Having given […]

What a blog redesign means to me

Today’s question, folks, is; “What does a blog redesign mean to you?”. Lets dive right in, shall we? For me, a blog redesign means quite a lot. It means the opportunity to hone my skills, experiment with new ideas and techniques and put a fresh coat of paint and a new engine behind my blog. […]