Posts Categorized: WordPress

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

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.

WordPress dominates top 100 blogs

Pingdoms graph of 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 »

Configuring XAMPP as a WordPress development server

XAMPP logo

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 »

Microfinance – another way of spreading the love

Kiva is a non-profit organisation which facilitate micro loans to entrepreneurs all over the world. It inspires me each time I revisit the site and its reports. I was moved again today to support an internet cafe in Peru.. my US$25 contribution contributes the mere $625 Mr Yuri requires to get his business off the… Read more »

Custom Admin Branding: code update

I love the WordPress plugin Custom Admin Branding by Josh Byers..  who doesn’t love seeing their shiny, official name at the top of their admin panel? I noticed, though, that when when I updated the plugin to 1.3.5, my custom files were overwritten.. Doh!  It defeats the purpose of auto-update if we have to resurrect… Read more »

PHPlist link promotion method takes the cake

..err, excuse the pun :)  I’ve been using the great PHPList Form Integration by Jesse Heap, and have come across his really simple way of reaping some SEO benefit from all the work he puts into the free plugin.

Add a Download link to the 1pixelout Audio Player

I love the WordPress plugin Audio Player by 1pixelout, and highly recommend it to folk who want to present audio on their site.  I’d like to be able to offer the file for download too, though, so I’ve created a little download icon that sits beside the player.

Custom Header Image for WordPress Themes

A client wanted to be able to set a different header image for each page or post on his WordPress site, so I’ve written this function for him. He can now set a custom image for each page header in a few steps: upload the cropped custom images via FTP set the custom field “header”… Read more »