Add custom image sizes to media windows

I was surprised to find that WordPress doesn’t automatically add custom image sizes to the Add Media popup. Here’s a simple fix based on a function from the exhaustive article by Craig Grella over at

Git for folk who like GUIs

Here are slides from my demo of using SourceTree at last night’s WordPress Meetup at Inspire9. I think it went over the heads of quite a few, and was old hat to a few more, but I hope it was useful to some of the other devs in the room!

WordCamp Sydney 2012

Well, WordCamp Sydney was great!  two days of great networking with WordPress developers and a bunch of informative presentations. I made the trek up with Rob Jennings, of Explainafide, and met a bunch of lovely and highly talented folk along the way.

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WordPress dominates top 100 blogs

Pingdom just published findings that WordPress is in use by 48% of the worlds top blogs in 2012. I’m pretty happy with that finding, because I only do WordPress – it’s really not sustainable for a freelancer like myself to maintain skills in multiple platforms. I’m not often comfortable with the notion of putting all… Read more »

Keep themes updated – timthumb.php compromised

It came to light recently that a vulnerability exists in a script used widely by WordPress Theme authors, including those by Elegant Themes, which I highly recommend. This is an easy bug to fix, but that requires users to update their WordPress themes (not just the core installation), and we know that site maintenance is… Read more »

Removing items from the Finder Sidebar in OSX 10.6.7

In a previous tip I mentioned using the Finder Sidebar for speeding up your workflow, but since the 10.6.7 update, the behaviour of the Finder Sidebar has changed. Where we used to be able to simply drag an item out, in 10.6.7 the item simply snaps back to the sidebar (or ‘shelf’, as some call… Read more »

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Configuring XAMPP as a WordPress development server

Finally!  I’ve managed to get a satisfying development environment for WordPress on my local machine! I’ve had a semi-operational setup for a few years, but have just managed to meet all my needs! I’m using XAMPP on Mac OSX to design my WordPress themes, and now my setup features: a sensible, unique hostname for my… Read more »

Productivity on the Mac: Saving Files

If there’s one thing that annoys me, its trawling through a Save As dialog box in order to save the file to an appropriate location. Save time with three simple but rarely mentioned strategies which can take the pain out of filing your documents.

Photoshop Precision: Using transform options

This is the next installment in the Photoshop Precision series: how to cut the guesswork out of scaling and positioning your images. You can postion and scale objects precisely using the transform toolbar, which runs along the top of the screen if it is set to visible. To show it, you must be in transform… Read more »

Buying a Secondhand Macbook, in detail

Macs rock.  Here is an update of my previous post on buying secondhand now covering hardware differences, where to buy in Australia, Applecare warranty, and why they hold their value. I’m a big fan, because its the very best way to recycle, and its cheaper!  I’ve had really good experiences, having bough a Powerbook secondhand,… Read more »