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

Why my denied WordPress Core contribution was the right thing

Yesterday, the following Tweet, copying in myself, appeared on my Timeline.

The image is a quote from the README of one of my plugins. Except it’s being used to make a point – a point I don’t agree with (which I’m guessing the Tweet author wasn’t expecting to be the case).

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James Altucher Interview with Matt Mullenweg

James Altucher, a “investor, writer and entrepreneur” publishes regular podcasts and, for this latest, he interviewed Matt Mullenweg, CEO of Automattic.

You can listen to it below, or head to James’ website.

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WordPress, PHP 7 and Yoast – Why we should’t be forcing users to upgrade

Right now, WordPress recommends being hosted on PHP 7 but it’s not an absolute requirement. However, since adding this as a recommendation more and more people have switched over. Having said that, according to stats provided by W3Techs, usage of PHP 7 currently stands at 3.7% across PHP users and is 8% for WordPress.

So should be be doing more to push WordPress users? Yoast thinks so and is currently forcing a non-dismissible, ‘big, ugly’ admin message to all users who haven’t upgraded.

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How to surface old posts on your WordPress site

If you have an old post on your WordPress site that you think deserves greater recognition then an age-old way is to modify the published date, pushing to the top of your blog. But this isn’t a great way to do it – links can be broken 1, sitemaps may not update correctly and, well, Google is unlikely to appreciate it, as far as SEO concerns.

Instead, some smart coding changes will allow you to easily mark posts as note-worthy and have them listed at the top, all without changing any URLs.

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  1. WordPress is great at directing URL changes to the new location but it’s not infallible[]

WordCamp Europe – Win a Ticket!

I’ll be heading to (and volunteering at) WordCamp Europe this year and I happen to have a ticket left over.

So, what better way to get rid of it than a competition? And it’s an easy one too.

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Designing WordPress Plugin READMEs for the new directory

The WordPress.org plugin directory has had a massive overhaul and, as a result, plugin information is now shown differently to before. For plugin developers, therefore, a tweak to how you present your README (and associated assets) can ensure your plugin is presented better.

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Work on my first WordPress has begun

For the last few weeks I’ve been expressing interest in creating my first WordPress theme. As with most things, I want to blog the experience but I suspect this will take long enough that people would soon get sick of the number of post entries on the topic. For this reason, I’ve created a static page, which will have sub-pages hanging off of it, documenting the process, albeit not timestamped (which probably makes sense as some elements, such as the design overview will be added and updated over time).

At the time of writing this the page is empty but please bookmark it, if it’s something of interest, and come back at regular intervals to see how it’s going on. The aim is for the theme, named ‘April’, to replace the one on this site.

April WordPress Theme

 

My WordPress plugins and future support

Don’t panic, I’m still supporting them 😉

However, I’ve realised that I’m doing a lot of work to maintain backwards compatibility for quite old versions of WordPress. But why? It’s a small number of users and is there a point in me updating a plugin, say, to add new security features if it’s running on an old, insecure version of WordPress? You should really have your site on the latest, or near to latest, version of WordPress at all times.

So, with the next release of each of my plugins, they will now have a minimum requirement of WordPress 4.6.

WordCamp London – a diary of a WordCamp virgin

For my first ever WordCamp, I thought I’d go ‘all out’ – the full 3 days and volunteering as well. Oh, and it’s the London WordCamp too, the largest in the UK.

So, I thought I’d write about my experience – the highs and the inevitable, exhausted lows.

For those who don’t know what a WordCamp is – it’s a get together of fans, users and companies about WordPress. They happen all over the world and are of varying sizes.

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Preventing Self Pings

If you have pingbacks switched on for your WordPress site 1 on new articles’) then one annoyance is ‘self pings’ when you link to one of your posts from another.

Well, self pings can be prevented with a simple script, added to your functions.php file.

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  1. Settings -> Discussion and then tick ‘Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks[]
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