Archive for 2007

WordPress and the iPhone

Two hot topics, in one post. WordPress is the hot blogging tool right now, and the iPhone is one of the hot mobile phones too. So it’s a shame that they don’t work that well together. In this article I go through the following: Posting to from the iPhone Posting to a self hosted version of WordPress using the… continue reading

Wanna Be A Great Developer?

It really scares me how few good programmers actually exist in this world. I only bump into them professionally and even then, not as often as I’d like. If, for example, I meet someone at a party and he says he codes I’ll put a bet on he or she lacking a huge range of skills. The sad thing is,… continue reading

Site Features Can Go Hilariously Wrong

I’m going to shamelessly nick a few images here from a site we designed, manage and host (Sniff Petrol) , but which is run and written by someone else. In finding this he showed a great example of why you should think about any new features you add to a website. The idea seemed good enough – Car Magazine added… continue reading

Attention WordPress Hackers! At Last, a GPL Theme Worth Playing With…

We finally built GPL theme for hosted versions of WordPress! And very pretty it is too… We’ve been writing custom themes for clients for quite some time now, and felt it was time to give a little something back to the WordPress community. So we did a fully GPL theme, complete with a Fireworks png, all sliced up and ready… continue reading

Well done WordPress! Two million and counting…

So we’re hoping to be one of the first to congratulate WordPress on hitting the two million blogs mark. What can we say? Well done! To us it’s big news – we’ve made a strategic decision to be increasingly involved in WordPress.  With the up and coming premium themes marketplace we’re hoping to be involved with, coupled with the increasing… continue reading

Google Ranking Effect on Traffic

We spend a lot of time persuading people of the importance of Google and other search engines on the popularity of a page to the world. For this page on a personal blog plenty of hits were coming in, yet suddenly there was an increase in traffic for this page which persisted. Why? Because for a year, the page came… continue reading

Change wordpress dashboard RSS feed

If you ever feel like you want to change the source of the news items on the wordpress dashboard (Not, sorry if I got your hopes up there) here is how to do it. You can either add the code that follows to your themes functions.php or you can add the it to a plug-in. Just change the returns… continue reading

Speeding site load times with htaccess

Create an “.htaccess” file in the folder you want to be cached and add the following to it. # Cache files for a week. <IfModule mod_headers.c> <IfModule mod_expires.c> <FilesMatch “.(jpg|jpeg|png|gif|swf|css|js)$”> Header set Cache-Control “max-age=604800, public” </FilesMatch> </IfModule> </IfModule> This will have the effect of caching your site for a week. The number 604800 refers to the number of seconds in… continue reading

A Little Thing Makes All The Difference

Expensive mistakes can be avoided by just being a little bit careful. Imagine you’d spent many thousands on this marketing campaign, only to get it plastered around the web… for the wrong reasons. I bet this chap’s getting the mick taken out of him something rotten. If you can’t see it, try looking for the exhaust.

Children’s Bullying Book Scam

I’m often prone to absent-mindedness. I’ll admit that. It’s a weakness, and even comprehensive note taking doesn’t spare me from it. But I always remember promising money to people. So I was a little surprised by the following telephone conversation: Me: “Hello, Dave Coveney.” Her: “Hello, I’m calling to confirm that the anti-bullying books you’ve sponsored are now ready to be… continue reading