Hackathon – Hack the DMC – March 2018

Hackathons (or Hack Days) are a great way to engage with technical people in your community (not to mention one or two business folks and entrepreneurs), they are also a huge amount of fun! Over the 9th and 10th of March I attended the 24 hour hackathon Hack the DMC at Barnsley Digital Media Centre, with an…

Improving Productivity and Focus by Removing Distractions

The article could easily be titled: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Curb my Notification Anxiety, or, How to Effectively Work Remotely. I wrote an article about managing anxiety and removing digital distractions over on my Wholesome Code site. You can read my guide on how removed distractions and improved my focus and productivity here.

How to Write a Personal Social Media Strategy

There are lots and lots of social media channels out there, and people use each of them in different ways. If you tried to post to all the social networks without automating everything, you wouldn’t have time left in the day to do much else. Social media automation is bad. I’ve been guilty of it…

Custom TinyMCE Editor Formatting in WordPress

Sometimes when writing a block of text using the WordPress editor, you need it to look a certain way, we usually do this by adding styles to pieces of text, but we don’t always want our clients to have to open up the text editor and do this manually. In this example we will create…

How to make Responsive Web Design (RWD) Background Images

I work with Dave Green on a daily basis at our WordPress focused web development agency Make Do. Responsive Web Design (RWD) is a service that comes as standard with all of our products.

WordCamp Edinburgh July 2017

Over the weekend of July 21st/23rd the Makedoers traveled North to Edinburgh for a weekend of WordPress-based leaning, networking and some fun and games at the third WordCamp Edinburgh.

Changing your WordPress site language (locale) dynamically

There are some fantastic multilingual plugins for WordPress, however for one client project I needed something far more flexible, as this particular client needed to cater for several countries that each spoke several languages. In short the client needed to be able to have a multisite instance that had a country and language set as…

Code Clinic, Front End North, Remote Working – A Grand Day out in Sheffield

Remote working culture gives employees the freedom to work anywhere, and as this week WordPress Sheffield had their Code Clinic (which I was presenting at), my team and I took it upon ourselves to have a grand day out in Sheffield. Business Planning / Company Culture We started off the day with a spot of…

Enforce Version Control in WordPress to Boost Security

If you have spent a long time working on your clients website, ensuring everything is in version control (such as git). Then you would be pretty gutted if your client edits a theme file, or adds a new plugin that lives outside of your version controlled workflow. Adding code that lives outside of a tightly controlled workflow means:…

Stop Clickjacking by preventing your WordPress site loading in a Frame

Clickjacking is a potential security risk caused by someone loading your website inside a frame on another website and making it appear as if the website is legitimate, however they will be hijacking interactions you make with that site, such as form submissions. I wrote about how to manage this over on my Wholesome Code…