Managing WordPress Theme plugin requirements

I’m in the closing stages of development for a new WordPress site for a client. (A private one, so I can’t go into details.) As the development phase has progressed, the management of the required plugins in the Multisite installation has become ever more complex. Some sites are running an older Theme, which are dependent on a set of plugins, while new sites…

Managing WordPress Theme plugin requirements
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Star Trek Beyond

Today is the 50th anniversary of the first non-pilot episode of Star Trek. We saw Star Trek Beyond at the cinema yesterday and it was touching when we saw subtle tributes in the film and in the credits. The film makers wove Leonard Nimoy’s passing into the story through the death in absentia of “Ambassador Spock”, and added…

Star Trek Beyond

An easy introduction to WordPress plugins with PHP classes

There are many copy-and-paste examples of how to write your own functions and apply them through WordPress’ hooks and actions. But with a little simple knowledge of PHP’s namespace syntax, developers who regularly work on WordPress projects can make their lives a lot easier, whilst making their code much more robust, portable and secure. The first thing to recognize is whether the modification…

An easy introduction to WordPress plugins with PHP classes

More photos than you can shake a stick at

That’s the long-term plan, anyway. As promised in a previous blog post, I’ve completed the new Photos section of the site, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of permanenttourist.ch. Nothing is ever truly finished around here, so there will be improvements and tweaks as time goes on. It’s better to get something working online, than to spend the next ten…

More photos than you can shake a stick at

Photographing the Milky Way

I’m certainly no stranger to long-exposure photography. But during the few years that we’ve lived in a flat with a balcony and an unobstructed view of the night sky, I’ve come to realize that I’d never photographed the Milky Way properly. The first time that I can even remember seeing the Milky Way at all was when we were in…

Photographing the Milky Way
Lizard Point, Cornwall

Lizard Point, Cornwall

As time goes on, we’re getting to see more and more new parts of the U.K. One goal we’ve set ourselves is to visit all of the most remote corners of the British “mainland”, as well as more remote spots on outlying islands when we can. We’ve already visited John o’Groats and Dunnet Head – the most northerly point…

Lizard Point, Cornwall

Chüematte to Gemmenalphorn

Whilst many travel up to the top of the Niederhorn ridge by cable car – one of the most expensive ones by distance in the whole region – there’s a much better alternative for the fitter visitor. There’s a private, tolled road leading up from Waldegg, at Beatenberg, to farm buildings on the mountain, which drivers can use by purchasing a…

Chüematte to Gemmenalphorn

Yves’ observations

If you like observational photography – also known inaccurately as “street photography” – then Yves’ blog is worth following. It certainly makes me want to get out and spend time watching and waiting myself. Here are a few of my own efforts, from my Flickr set.      …

Yves’ observations
Tintagel, Cornwall

Tintagel Not-Castle

I was a little disappointed that the “castle” at Tintagel was little more than a few bits of wall at the coast. (I suppose I have been spoiled by the castle ruins at Dunnotar and Tantallon.) Our walk along the coast path, doing battle with the wind, was lovely anyway, with foxgloves (a memory from childhood holidays in…

Tintagel Not-Castle
Trebarwith Strand, Cornwall

Trebarwith Strand

We recently spent a lovely couple of weeks on holiday, touring the south of England and spending a full week in Cornwall. On arrival at the self-catering cottage we’d booked, we chose to make things easy for ourselves and head to the Port William Inn for a pub dinner in one of the few buildings at the seaward end of a valley leading…

Trebarwith Strand