Unfortunately, the WordPress.org plugin repository doesn’t provide a way to maintain your plugin with Git. In the past, I’ve either just used Subversion, or hosted an extra copy on GitHub, and setup Git and SVN side-by-side in the same directory. Awhile ago, I briefly considered using git-svn, because it would allow me to avoid using Subversion entirely, […]
I wanted to update the database prefix one this site, but most of the tutorials out there have you do it manually. There are some plugins available, but I didn’t trust most of them, and the ones that I did were kind of bloated with other features, and I didn’t want to mess with the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
$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 […]
TED Radio Hour has a great episode about the pre-technology roots of the ideas behind today’s Open Source movement, and how they’re being applied beyond the digital realm, to things like architecture, deep-sea rovers, and even democracy itself.
Pagination is one of my biggest pet peeves, and Avoid the Pains of Pagination does a good job of explaining the primary reason: Users have better experiences with scrolling than clicking. The mouse wheels, touchpads and touchscreens of today make scrolling faster and easier than clicking. To get to the next page in a pagination, the user has […]
The Web We Lost does a great job of contrasting the values of today’s big tech companies and the values that made the Internet and Web so radically different from the mediums it replaced. The tech industry and its press have treated the rise of billion-scale social networks and ubiquitous smartphone apps as an unadulterated […]
TL;DR: View the code on Meta Trac. Every once in awhile I’ll run into a situation where something will break permalinks on all the sites in a WordPress Multisite network, like a plugin network-activation gone wrong. On a single site, it’s easy enough to fix by manually visiting Settings > Permalinks, which will flush and rebuild the rewrite […]
Why Websites get Hacked is a good high-level article to sends to clients or friends who don’t understand why someone would want to attack their site — and therefore doesn’t see the need to protect it — or are curious about how it happens.