Welcome to my blog!

Hi and welcome to my blog! This blog consists of stuff that I have learnt most of it will be based around WordPress and generally stuff that I have found useful when designing and developing websites. Some of my posts will be more concise than others – some I’m afraid will be no more than a useful link that I have …

A little bit about the past year

So i haven’t written on my blog for quite a while and most of the things I do write are tips and links but this one is a bit different as its more about me. If you’ve been to my home page you’ve probably seen that I have been a web developer for quite a few years. I have also …

Useful sites when creating a theme from scratch

So I am revisiting creating themes from scratch. Of course there’s a huge amount of free and paid for themes out there and a lot are very good, but being a coder, I like to know the ins and outs of themes – which means building my own. For clients who want a quick site put together, I do think using ready …

Make sure an image shows when you link your site to facebook

I came across this as, when i updated my website, i noticed that an image was no longer showing. After looking through a few posts and using the facebook debugger – https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug/ I realised my og:image was blank. Yoast seo solution   If you use Yoast you can set the facebook image for each page.   Scroll down to Yoast …

A few nice code snippet generators

I may add to this but here are a couple of nice code snippet websites.   Generate Google maps html: http://embedgooglemaps.com/en/ Grid Generator: http://www.responsivegridsystem.com/calculator/

Prototyping & Wireframing

With the intention of becoming a freelancer, I am looking at things which i have previously missed – in this case wire-framing & prototyping – previously I have sat down with a client sketched out an idea and run with it but I’m certain there are smarter ways of doing this.  Live prototyping makes sense to me a client can …

Beautiful themes & Plugins

This is a list of themes & plugins that i really like and have used/want to use: The X Theme by themeco this is a great theme with the added benefit of having free cornerstone which makes creating beautiful layouts really easy: Cornerstone by themeco Here’s a great responsive slider: Slider Revolution Contact Form 7 – a reliable and easy …

Google Fonts

Here’s a great plugin if you want to use Google fonts: easy-google-fonts

WordPress Hooks – Actions & Filters

Just a quick link to info about hooks   https://docs.woothemes.com/document/introduction-to-hooks-actions-and-filters/ http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Filter_Reference http://code.tutsplus.com/articles/the-beginners-guide-to-wordpress-actions-and-filters–wp-27373 http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Action_Reference How to write a plugin

Absolute Lifesaver plugin: Code snippets

This plugin has been a absolute lifesaver for me – it means i can add snippets of code without gong into any of the actual php files – activate and deactivate as I want without worrying I’m going to break anything: https://wordpress.org/plugins/code-snippets/

Woocommerce Shipping Methods

Here is a good blog explaining how to set up different Woocommerce shipping methods: http://uploadwp.com/woocommerce-shipping-methods-setup/   Arghh this has been depreciated (Or at least the shipping options on flat rate that I needed to use has) i will  try to find a solution and post it as soon as I figure it out! Will look into the following: http://docs.woothemes.com/document/tutorial-customising-checkout-fields-using-actions-and-filters/