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The personal website of Mark Howells-Mead

Posts about development

  • Screenshot of the Hotel Aare website in Thun

    How to “move” single WordPress posts into the page hierarchy.

  • WordPress expert Mark Howells-Mead

    Stepping back from involvement in the future development of WordPress as a system.

  • WordPress expert Mark Howells-Mead

    How to ensure that you don’t lose content or functionality when switching to a new WordPress Theme.

  • WordPress expert Mark Howells-Mead

    How I update my local development environment from a live site with a single command.

  • WordPress expert Mark Howells-Mead

    Using command-line scripts to synchronise your live website with your local website.

  • WordPress expert Mark Howells-Mead

    Using register_block_pattern in WordPress can be a pain, as you need to manipulate the HTML in your code. Here’s a much less tiresome solution.

  • WordPress expert Mark Howells-Mead

    WordPress’ block editor “Gutenberg” allows us to register custom block styles for a particular block. But since WordPress 5.4, we can use Block Variations to add other presets with different default settings.

  • WordPress expert Mark Howells-Mead

    Explaining how to use WordPress hooks, and how to fine-tune them to improve legibility and code efficiency.

  • WordPress allows you to embed content from other websites like YouTube, Facebook and the like. But did you know that you can embed WordPress posts too? Not just from other websites, but also from your own site… into your own site!

  • Many developers complain that WordPress is an outdated system, relying on old code for the sake of the widest range of possible support. I see that as one of the advantages of WordPress.

  • I provide a free public Github repository containing example code for starting work on a WordPress theme which uses PHP namespaces and template parts.

  • 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…

  • Silver and light

    Silver and light

    It’s about doing what you love. If you’d been searching your whole life for something you love, and you found it, what would you be willing to sacrifice?

  • It was amazing to watch him in the darkroom at an advanced age, still get excited when the results were pleasing. He still struggled like we all do in the darkroom and he struggled behind the camera, and when he had a success he was beaming. John Sexton It’s a bit scary to think that…

  • I decided over Christmas that 2011 would be the year that I would finally do something about getting the results I’m looking for in my street photography and candid, social event photography: in short, I would buy a new camera to work in alternation with my D80, which continues to serve me well.

  • I joined a newspaper company in 2001 to help maintain and develop a newspaper CMS system, which the development manager began creating on his own in 1994. In the past seven years, we’ve brought in web browser interfaces, RSS feeds, AJAX data handling, online publishing tools which allow the output to be sent direct to…