Posts about WordPress

WordPress is a web-browser-based content management system, which started life as a spin-off of b2/cafelog before becoming the most widespread CMS in the world. I began casually helping out with b2/cafelog in 2001, and migrated my early websites to WordPress’ first version in January 2004. I’ve built personal and professional sites using WordPress ever since: the biggest project being a multilingual, international multi-site installation for a former employer.

Speaking at WordCamp Bern

Through my participation of the regular and sociable “WordPress Meetup” in Bern, I was one of the volunteers who helped organize the WordCamp conference in Switzerland’s capital last weekend.

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WordPress Switzerland

As my working career moves towards being involved with WordPress 100% of the time in future, I’ve started to gradually invest a little more of my time and effort into the WordPress community. My aim is to work with friends and colleagues to coordinate our efforts in Switzerland into bringing WordPress even more to the […]

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A new role at WordPress agency cubetech

After six years with my current employer, the time has come to move into a role which better suits my abilities and which will provide me with new challenges. I’m really excited that I’ve been asked to join WordPress agency Cubetech in Bern as Head of Development.

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WordPress is bigger than you think

In 2016, 27% of all of the websites on the internet were powered by WordPress. That’s 8 times more than Joomla, 12 times more than Drupal, and 70 times more than TYPO3.

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The minimum viable product

A stripped-back, simple WordPress theme for my personal website, which I can begin extending as and when I have the time.

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Examples of WordPress as a headless CMS

WordPress is much more than a simple tool for building websites. Here are a few prominent sites which use WordPress and its new REST API for much more than a simple blog.

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Handling file requests with the WordPress Rewrite API

I occasionally have a need to divert file requests on a website to a PHP script. By doing so, I can determine whether the visitor may access it, see whether an image should have a watermark automatically applied, or notify an administrator that a PDF has been viewed or downloaded. The easiest way to do […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Happy birthday, Permanent Tourist!

I wrote and posted my first blog post in this version of my website ten years ago today. To celebrate, I’m reviving the “Photos” section of the site, which will contain my best and my favourite photos.

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Twenty Sixteen

2016 sees the tenth anniversary of this website. I decided that this was to be the year when I’d do some major overhaul work on my site: improved technology and a long-awaited clear out of some legacy data problems. That’s all been completed, so now it’s time to work on the appearance of the site.

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WordPress plugin to get rid of the need for CAPTCHA images

“Comment spam” is a term which relates to automatically-generated website comments. People with too much time on their hands make software to submit to websites like mine. It’s then down to me to ensure that the nonsensical or downright abusive comments don’t appear on my website, and that my email inbox doesn’t get swamped with […]

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