David Artiss

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Plugin developer, Core contributor and support volunteer. Yeah, I’m a WordPress fan!

Goodbye contact form

Inspired by Mika Epstein, I've ditched this site's contact form. And, shameless ripping off her post on the subject, I'm going to explain a little bit of why.

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Now that the WordPress plugin README supports a minimum PHP level, I thought it was time to dust down my guide to the data that you can add to the README and the plugin header. This also documents how to extend this further, adding additional fields easily to the plugin meta displayed upon installation.

Please, take a read and let me know of any feedback you may have.

Listing all the currently available WordPress shortcodes

Who knows all the shortcodes that are currently available to your WordPress installation? I know I don’t. Well, inspired by a request from a WordPress VIP client to understand it better, here’s a quick and simple solution to list them out.

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Why Greenpeace needs WordPress

Greenpeace is about to embark on a digital initiative called Planet 4 (P4 for short) - a next-generation content management system (CMS) and also the process of building it and getting to market.

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My WordCamp Europe 2017 Diary

Thursday 15th June kicks off 2017’s WordCamp Europe, this year in Paris. And I’ll be there! As with WC London, I’ll be volunteering during the main event and contributing on Thursday itself.

During the event I’ll be updating this post with a diary of how it goes – WCEU is the biggest WordCamp in the world and, I’ll admit, a little daunting.

I fly to Paris very early on Wednesday 14th, where I’m staying at a hotel arranged by Automattic for its employees attending the camp. I’m both excited but nervous (similar to how I was for London).

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I have a new badge on my wp.org profile which I’m proud of…

This for being a ‘translation contributor’. Most of it, I’ll admit, is for translating US English to UK English (not surprisingly, it’s pretty easy to do) but also my wife and I did some German and French translating recently too. This is not the end and I’ll continue to contribute to this where I can – it’s incredibly easy to do.

Simple security tips for WordPress

At a recent visit to a local WordPress meetup, the question of how we should secure our WordPress websites came up. Not from a business angle, but for regular at-home bloggers.

So, here’s my 2¢ worth.

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On the meaning of WordPress’ tagline “Code is Poetry”…

I think of coding not just as a means to an end but a craft in and of itself that can exhibit beauty, not just utility.Matt Mullenweg

Is the disclosure of user names and email addresses a weakness?

On the same day that a security searcher released details of a vulnerability in the way WordPress deals with password resets, I too reported a security issue. Well, more of a concern.

For a while I’ve noticed that more and more sites are not telling you, when you do a password reset, if the email you’ve entered is valid or not. They’ll, instead, give you a message along the lines of “if that email is valid, we will send you details on how to reset your password”. That way you can’t use the password reset feature to fish for people’s emails.

But WordPress doesn’t do that. Enter a user name or password and it will tell you if it was valid or not.

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WordPress ‘Swag Store’ Gets a New Look

WordPress has recently re-launched their ‘Swag store‘ with a great new look, new features and new products to boot. Here you can pick up everything from a branded baby-grow to a phone charger and they’ve promised there’s more to come.

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