The ramblings of a madman.

Understanding the Grid

March 21, 2015

Nowadays, most websites are built to a grid, either with or without a framework (such as Bootstrap). The grid provides a structure to build upon; this enables the designer to work within certain limitations (unlike, say Print design) and to be consistent in their work. Consistency…

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How quick is your website?

February 20, 2015

When building websites, one of my main considerations is speed. With attention spans lowering all the time, it’s important that you can keep the users’ attention when they’re on your website. The users’ main priority is to find information on your website or complete a transaction. If…

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WordCamp Birmingham 2015

February 10, 2015

Last year at WordCamp Europe Matt Mullenweg, co-creator of WordPress, encouraged companies and freelancers working with WordPress to try and give 5% of their time back to the project – to sustain it’s future. I have taken more than my fair share from the WordPress…

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Why I don’t work with WordPress Themes

January 16, 2015

“We’ll just use a theme” This is the dreaded phrase that I sometimes hear when discussing a WordPress project. The moment I hear it come out of someone’s mouth I have to cut them short right there and tell them I don’t work with WordPress themes. I…

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Who do I use for hosting?

January 5, 2015

I often get asked – “Who do you use for hosting?”. Like anything, the answer isn’t straightforward and it depends. Shared hosting There’s been a lot of bad press about shared hosting and rightfully so. Although companies do attempt to ring-fence off different accounts, you’re still…

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10 Micro-Improvements to the WordPress UX

October 20, 2014

Last week at WordPress North East I did a short talk on 10 things (plus a bonus one) that I think may improve WordPress – mainly when being used as a CMS. These are changes that are unlikely to go into core. For each improvement…

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My thoughts on the UK’s WordCamp Evolution

June 15, 2014

When I attended WordCamp Edinburgh in 2012 there was only one WordCamp a year in the UK. There was a central WPUK group who organised the bidding process and then coordinated the organisation of the event. I was skeptical when it was decided that core organisers were to…

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Securing your WordPress site

May 21, 2014

I’ve written a little bit about security in a couple of blog posts over the last year and I thought it was time to put together a presentation to include the most useful of what I had written, plus some further tips. I presented it at…

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