How to check for a minimum level of PHP within a WordPress plugin

Oh my. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt such hate from users. What horrendous thing did I do? I change one of my plugins so that it now required PHP 7 to work, instead of 5.3. You know PHP 7… which itself goes out of support in the next few months. PHP 7 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Adding AdSense Auto ads to your WordPress site

Google has announced, today, a new style of AdSense ad – the "Auto ad". Using machine learning, the code will insert adverts into your site where it things they will be most relevant. Auto ads balance revenue and user experience by delivering the right ad at the right time to your visitors. They can even […]

So long, farewell… my New Year plugin resolution for 2018

I have had a lot of plugins. 19 as of yesterday. And managing to keep them maintained, let alone adding new features, can be difficult. With Gutenberg around the corner and the changes that will be needed as part of that, it's a burden that's now impossible.  Many have been around for many, many years […]

Big WP – London Calling

At numerous locations, often in big cities, regular WordPress-themed meetups occur. Anyone can run one and those attending can be anybody from bloggers to developers, with all levels of knowledge. However, probably the biggest in the UK is the appropriately named Big WP, held in London. Less regular than some others it, none-the-less, attracts a […]

A Year of WordPress Plugin Updates

Today marks a momentous occasion – for most of this year I’ve been trying to bring my 18 WordPress plugins up-to-date and, as of this morning, it’s now complete. You see, I’d allowed my WordPress plugins to fall behind in their updates, for various reasons, and changes were required to them all – not enhancements […]

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