July 9, 2019

Why Bootstrap websites make me want to die!

Were you ever in one of those meetings, where ideas are flying and everyone is getting all excited about the prospects of a new project? Inevitably someone makes a suggestion that sounds way smarter than everyone else’s suggestion and everyone differs to the one with the crazy smarts in the room, riffing off their initial […]

April 17, 2019

Location based marketing and the cult of celebrity.

Current digital marketing relies on recorded searches and past buying behaviour. It tries to anticipate the needs of the consumer by serving up ads based on all that experience – but it doesn’t take into account context, convenience or purchase priming. As a result, users are bombarded by ads, at all times, in hopes of […]

September 5, 2018

The ins and outs of digital ad specs…

This may look like a weird article to make if you’ve ever had agency experience, but if you’re the sole front-end developer of a large company getting ad requests that are, at best, a hand-wavy “just make it go” approach with no documentation, this might save you weeks of head-slapping monotony and explanation. I’ve been doing […]

April 13, 2017

Simple trick to get around WordPress Caching plugins Caching your dev files

If you’re like me and enjoy the ass clenching thrill of working on a live site without a testing server, sometimes caching plugins can be a real hassle. Get around this by adding a little dynamic date versioning to your non-cachable files. Like CSS and custom JS files. Don’t say Uncle Dave doesn’t love you. […]

January 10, 2017

WordPress Command Line Tool

Here’s a neat little tool that allows you to manage your worpress sites straight from your server’s command line. It’s a must for people who want to start learning how the backend of this magnificent platform actually does it’s magic. And it’ll allow you to run your suite of sites more efficiently. What could possibly […]

November 4, 2016

List site users and add custom fields to user profiles.

Wouldn’t it be nice to list all your authors and blog contributors on one page. And even have the control of filtering and displaying the key players, vs just the authors? Wouldn’t it be cool to have the person’s bio, and any associated links come up in that same list? Here you go:

September 19, 2016

How to show a list of all available categories on one page.

Here’s a neat little thing. I had all the categories of a custom post type on the page floating around dynamically like a tag cloud as an animated design element. It made the processor choke like a horror show, but the overall effect was cool. Note to self. Figure out how to put this into […]

July 20, 2016

Hide your ultra-secret admin user account from all other users

Word up Haters!!! You want to hide your username from everyone else on your site, all hidden backdoor style?!? Or, do you suspect someone may be using a hidden account to create havoc on your site? Look at/for this code in – or linked to – your functions.php file! Pay attention to the line: add_action(‘pre_user_query’,’yoursite_pre_user_query’); What you’re looking for […]

April 27, 2016

How to add custom meta boxes to specific page templates.

Let’s say you have a theme with custom page templates, all of which support custom content like specific gallery styles, multi-image head sliders and hours of operation. How do you do it? Here’s how!

December 21, 2015

Pet Peeves – Post Dates

One of my pet peeves is regarding post dates. For the love of GAWD, why don’t people use them more frequently? Especially if I’m on a site that’s providing technical support of some kind. If you have version-sensitive or time-sensitive information on your blog, USE POST DATES!! I recently ran into an issue on a […]