Custom HTML Widget Changes in WordPress

Last week I was asked by a client if I could help them put the Mailchimp newsletter signup form on their site. They had been trying for a while and they couldn’t get the form to appear at all. “No problem” I said, think that this would be a doddle. A couple of hours later […]

Going Secure via Cloudflare (and a Warning)

Forced to be Secure by Google The more observant amongst you may have noticed that the site is now “secure”. Quite why a blog needs to be so I am not sure but Google is starting to insist on such things so I am in the process of converting all my sites to load via […]

WordPress, Cloudflare, Caching & Version Numbers

While I love WordPress one thing that really bugs me is its insistence on adding the version number to the end of resources, so you end up with links links this: The version number is added to enable browser caching of files thereby speeding up page loads. The issue with this is if you […]

Flattery as a form of spam

As spam goes this is pretty benign but irritating nevertheless and I have no idea how to rid myself of it. Just recently I have started to receive messages through the contact form on our website that are allegedly related to our blog posts and they are smothering with kindness and praise for our work. […]

Hacked Off (again)

A dozen years ago, when the web was a very different beast to what it is today I, wrote a series of scripts in the language Perl what was a simple content management system (CMS) to run my websites. Those websites have run using those same scripts with little change over that time. Now I […]

WordPress 3.4

So the latest version of the WordPress blogging and CMS platform, on which this and so many other sites are based, has been released. Version 3.4 brings a number of new improvements such as the really neat Twitter integration you can see below. To get this to work you simply need to cut and paste […]

Blogpress perfection

Yesterday saw an update to the iPhone and iPad blogging platform Blogpress that makes it leagues ahead of the competition. In a recent review of blogging on the go I identified the ability to easily add links as key – and now you can. Not only that you can also do things like insert bold text and change the font properties, such […]

An App Addiction

I saw an interesting post on JKontherun today that I thought summed up how I feel about applications for the iPhone/iPad exactly. I had intended to post about it using the dedicated WordPress application which I thought would be fitting, however, I quickly discovered that it is pretty hopeless. Not only is there no way to apply […]

Your Own URL Shortener

URL Shorteners are all the rage these days what with,, and the rest. They take the incredibly long URLs that are generated from tools such as WordPress and turn them into something shorter and more manageable. So, for example, the URL for my last post on my top tech of 2009 was […]