Development WordPress

How to rename your Github master branch

There’s a lot of discussion right now about the default Git branch of master and about renaming itself to something more inclusive.

I’m going to take you through a little of the background to why this is occurring and how to do it in Github.


Managing home workers? Here’s how to do it well…

This is a long read article: Approximate time to read is 15-20 minutes.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way that many people work and, for some, it may never be the way that it once was.

Twitter just told employees they can work from home permanently

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How ready is Twitter and other companies moving towards home working? Even if the employees are willing, how well are companies prepared to embrace this change?

Remote working requires changes to how you manage people. And it can benefit everyone.

In this article we’ll explore the changes that any business will need to make for this to work, from hiring people to managing them day-to-day. You’ll learn how effective remote working can be compared to working in an office and simple techniques that you can use to improve both environments.

Automattic Life

What’s in my bag? 2020 edition

Back in 2017, I revealed, after just a few months working and travelling for Automattic, what I carried with me in my backpack. 4 years on, and many more trips, and that content has changed.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, none of us have done much travelling lately and that may not change for some time. But rather than not post it this year, I thought it was just as important to do so – if nothing else, we all have time to plan and tweak for when we can meet and travel once more.

Development WordPress

Gutenberg: Adding custom fields to the block editor

When Gutenberg was first launched in WordPress 5.0, users lost the ability to create their own custom fields directly from the editor. Eventually, this was added back in but, by default, they’re turned off.

If you have the need to use custom fields, let me take you through how to switch them back on…


You know that OTHER 2020 bug…?

Back at the beginning of January there were reports of faulty computer systems apparently caused by the year being 2020 (including the video game W2E 2K20), a variation of the Year 2000 bug. Is it and why?

Well, buckle up, as this is a long one. But, as both one of those people who was tasked to stop the Y2K bug back in the 1990s but also one of those people who was the cause of it in the first place, I feel I’m in a good position to comment further…