Over the years my WordPress database had become bloated - very bloated. Despite using WP-Optimize to keep the database in check, 12 years of content, many host migrations and export/import cycles had caused my database to balloon to a massive 98.6 MB in size. Needless to say, this caused more than a few issues when … Continue reading WP-Sweep – You Simply Need To Use It On Your WordPress Install
While I applaud the efforts made by the WordPress team to include a distraction free editor, it unfortunately does little (and cannot for technical reasons) to stop the myriad of distractions that occur on my desktop or laptop. The only real way to stop the flood of email notifications, IM's, phone calls is to disconnect … Continue reading Distraction Free Blogging? I’d Pay For That!
I was looking for inspiration for a mobile site design today, trawling WordPress theme stores, when I noticed a particularly stupid and unhelpful trend. The image you see below is what I get when I visit the demo for a mobile theme on a mobile browser. Yes, that's right - you're looking at the full … Continue reading They Didn’t Think It Through – Browsing WordPress Mobile Theme Stores
I asked this on the WordPress forums but haven't had any luck yet, so I'm going to ask here in the hopes that one of my wonderful readers will know of a possible solutions: I'm looking to be able to publish posts so that they are only visible if you know the URL but have … Continue reading WordPress – Publish Posts But Have Them Hidden Until A Scheduled Time?
I'm always looking for new ways to bring traffic to our network of sites, but the new "Pay With A Like" plugin from WPMU feels socially dishonest to me. The Pay with a Like plugin lets you leverage the power of social currency in order to give access to content or a download. You know … Continue reading Pay With A Like? Share Before You Can See Content?
One of the things that's difficult with blogs where you pump out a lot of content is having an overview of how many shares your posts are getting on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon and other networks without visiting each post individually to check out the share buttons. Sure this can be accomplished via analytics but depending on the analytics platform you use the … Continue reading Add Social Share Buttons To The WordPress Post Management Screen
One of the coolest things about developing especially when working with an open source product like WordPress, is that if you have a problem the chances are that someone else has already developed a solution for it. Need a piece of code to prevent YouTube videos from overriding your theme and messing up your content? … Continue reading Developer Productivity Tip – Evernote As A Searchable, Portable Code Snippet Repository
Is W3 Total Cache still in development for WordPress or has it been abandoned? W3 Total Cache is one of those really cool WordPress plugins that everybody who's serious about WordPress knows about, and even a lot of people who just have a passing knowledge have at least heard of it. It's one of the … Continue reading Is W3 Total Cache Still Supported?