WordCamp Seattle 2016 Call for Speakers

by Ian Dunn

We’ve opened the call for speakers for this year’s WordCamp Seattle . Give it a shot if you have any ideas, best practices, use cases, or stories you want to share with the community. I think people are often hesitant to put themselves out there, and that’s definitely understandable, but the WordPress community is really welcoming, and I think you’ll find it’s not as hard as you… [more]

Regolith

by Ian Dunn

I just finished the first version of a new WordPress installation template called Regolith . I’ve been using my personalized fork  of Mark Jaquith’s WordPress Skeleton for the past several years, but recently came across Bedrock and really liked it. I started playing around with it, but quickly discovered that the tools and practices it embraced were a bit overkill for my personal projects, so I… [more]

Trouble Symlinking DocumentRoot on Shared Hosting

by Ian Dunn

TL;DR: If you get Symbolic link not allowed or link target not accessible errors, use relative symlinks to avoid permissions issues with absolute symlinks, and generate nested symlinks relative to their actual directories. I ran into some trouble setting up Deployer  on Media Temple’s Grid service, and it took me awhile to find out the answer, so I figured… [more]

If WordPress Uploads Fail on a Dreamhost Shared Plan

by Ian Dunn

TL;DR: DreamHost kills processes on their shared hosting plans if they run too long , which can screw up all kinds of things in non-obvious ways. To fix it, either disable lots of plugins, or upgrade to a better hosting plan. I spent too much time this week trying to track down this issue for a friend, so I thought I’d help surface this for anyone else that… [more]

Generating Dynamic Placeholders for $wpdb->prepare()

by Ian Dunn

$wpdb->prepare() is often called with each un-sanitized value explicitly passed as an individual argument; for example: $wpdb->prepare( “SELECT id FROM wp_posts WHERE id > %d AND `post_status` = %s”, $min_id, $status ) The function will also accept an array of un-sanitized values, though, like this: $wpdb->prepare( “SELECT id FROM wp_posts WHERE id > %d AND `post_status`… [more]

Building keyboard shortcuts into web applications

by Ian Dunn

Scott Hanselman’s post on adding hotkeys to web applications  is good food-for-thought if you have any power users, or just want a better experience when using the applications you develop.

Icons are Usually Poor UX

by Ian Dunn

UX Myths enumerates the reasons why the use of icons generally leads to poor user experience .

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