December 2017

How to set your ACF Pro license key via WP CLI

I don't know about you, but I'm sick of manually setting up this key when I update a local environment or kick off a new install. So, after finally digging into WP CLI as a possible config path, I have this very quick tip for setting your ACF Pro license key using WP CLI: Throw […]

October 2017

How and why I use BEM-like syntax

In this post I take a look at BEM: why I use it, how I use it, and the benefits it brings to my workflow. There's even a few snippets you can nick!

July 2017

The Virtual Coworking Experiment

It's been a good 10+ years since I left my last official 'in-house' place of employment. You know, the type where you rock up at a certain time, carry out a prescribed set of tasks, and wait for the painfully slow day to end so you can blow that popsicle stand and enjoy whatever is […]

June 2017

Split handling of the WordPress loop

If you've ever built a custom WordPress theme, you'll have no doubt worked with The Loop. If you aren't quite sure what I'm talking about, the WordPress loop is a central part of all templates, as it allows the developer to display posts from a WordPress query object in a safe and future-proof way. Often, […]

June 2017

How to pass data from PHP to JavaScript in WordPress

Back when I first started working with the web, I barely touched JavaScript. At most, I was copy-pasting jQuery snippets to handle simple tasks like email obfuscation or slider initialisation, but I eventually came to realise that I'd have to get my hands dirty. So, I took a leap, learned a whole bunch about JavaScript, […]

July 2015

Variable VVV: Avoid 404 errors when loading images by proxy

By using the --images option when creating a site with VV, you can set your local site to load images by proxy; that is, to load images from a remote site at a particular domain. This is great for saving space on your own system, and it also means you can get to work quicker, as […]

February 2015

Hacking the WordPress Popular Posts Plugin for a Raw Data Array

A popular posts list can be a great way to encourage readers to explore more articles on your site. We see them all over the web in the form of trending articles, and if you spend as much time developing with WordPress as I do, you certainly would have come across this requirement before. As with most […]

November 2014

Enabling the WordPress media trash feature

Working with media in WordPress is, for the most part, a fairly simple task; especially with the more recent improvements to the media manager. Deleting media items, however, can sometimes be a somewhat risky process as you are only presented with the option to Delete Permanently. This behaviour differs from working with posts and pages, as you are, […]

October 2014

Forcing a 404 in WordPress

If you ever find yourself in a position where you need to force a 404, this can be done by hooking into the wp action hook and setting the 404 status on the $wp_query object via the set_404() object method. Doing this will ensure WordPress checks for the 404.php template file and uses it, if available. add_action('wp', […]