David Artiss

Guess the film from the review

Try and guess which film this is a review of (I’ve edited it to remove anything that may give away the answer)…

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WAN-IFRA – Heading back to Lisbon!

WAN-IFRA is an organisation of newspapers and news agencies from around the globe. Each year they have a big gathering – for 2018, this was in Lisbon, Portugal.

WordPress.com VIP were a gold sponsor for the event, including sponsorship of the WAN-IFRA phone app, so I returned, for a second time this year, to Lisbon. This time with shirts.

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What’s in my bag? 2018 edition

Last year, I revealed, after just a few months working and travelling for Automattic, what I carried with me in my backpack. A year on, and many more trips, and that content has changed.

The theme for this year is “brown leather”.

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New WordPress plugin – Tidy My Menus

Don’t you just hate it when WordPress plugins are just a rule to themselves when it comes to adding new menus to your installation? Those slick, and well thought out, menu positions are now, seemingly, randomly dotted with plugin menus jostling for attention.

Well, hate no more. Tidy My Menus is an automated solution to all this. Install, activate and watch your menus tidy themselves up.

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Embedding code in your WordPress posts

When adding code to a WordPress post, you may find that it gets modified (particularly when using the visual editor). For some years now, a popular plugin of mine, Code Embed, has allowed you a way to achieve this without any such modification. However, the plugin has had many features to it, making it a lot larger from what it first was. And that first release did it just a few lines of code.

So, dusting those lines down, bringing them up to VIP coding standards, here they are for anybody to easily add to their site, for example, via their functions.php theme file…

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WordCamp London, Take 2 – The Diary

It’s been a year since I went to my first ever WordCamp – WordCamp London. And now I’m back for a second attempt.

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How to make a Lego Minifigure display cabinet

If you have a number of Lego Minifigs then displaying them is something you may consider. However, official products can be expensive, and will often not hold many.

So, I set out creating my own on a relatively shoe-string budget. How does £20 for displaying 66 figures sound?

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Advertising Gutenberg use on your website

The brand-new, all-singing, all-dancing, editor for WordPress is due imminently and I've been using the beta version for some time for creating posts on this site. Recently you may have noticed a little advertisement of this fact has appeared at the top of (some of) my posts – I've added this to help promote Gutenberg.

Let me share the code I've used to do this…

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And the wrist is history

Sorry, that title is a bad pun. But I needed to make light of something that, otherwise, isn't particularly funny. For a few months now I've started to lose feeling in one of my fingers and generally, strength in my left arm. Here's the story of what happened and what I'm doing about it…

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Talking Support: Names are Important

Working for the WordPress.com VIP team, I deal with a lot of high-profile clients and, although I've been working there for over a year now, my experience of technical support goes back over 25 years. So, I thought it was time to share some of my knowledge. And, you know, little of this is mind-blowing stuff.

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