I had to buy a couple of things for the flat today and I went to the only place I know that had what I needed at the right price and the right quality: Ikea. But it was a trade off: price and quality vs convenience and experience, because Ikea stores frustrate the life out… Read more

Every WordPress upgrade brings howls of anguish on Twitter and other forums as installations that were working perfectly well prior to the upgrade suddenly crash. Some people ignore WordPress upgrades in order to avoid the problems – if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. But that’s not smart because many of the upgrades are designed… Read more

I moved this site from the /blog folder to the root folder recently. The main reason was to tidy up this domain and, in the process, improve its focus. That, I hope, will improve the effectiveness of its SEO. I’ve had this domain for 5 years and during that time I’ve had different folders and… Read more

Here’s a question I saw today: how do I move my WordPress site to a new server? This can be a fiddly exercise with a number of steps to go through, and you should avoid it if you possibly can. However, on the basis that you can’t avoid it, here’s the answer. Note that the… Read more

I’ve seen quite a lot of questions recently asking how to change the appearance of a WordPress site. Update: 20th November, 2018: The steps outlined below for editing your theme’s stylesheet are correct, but some time ago WordPress introduced a ‘Customise’ link under the ‘Appearance’ menu item. Clicking that link will take you to a… Read more

Interesting question on Twitter today: “Can someone clue me in to backing up my files on WordPress” As the hackers get better and more numerous, it only makes sense to have full backups of your WordPress sites. Once your site has been compromised it will quickly be removed from the search engines’ indices and your… Read more

Update: If you’re looking for the step-by-step process for migrating an HTML site to WordPress you can find it here. Original article starts here: Just recently I’ve seen a few questions in a couple of the forums asking about moving an existing HTML static website to WordPress. As big a fan as I am of… Read more

This is a hectic time for me because I was at the Macau GP last weekend (Formula 3 and World Touring Car Championship series) and I’m going to Kuala Lumpur this weekend for the final of the HK Classic Car Series, so a couple of short posts this week! For a while now I’ve built… Read more

When Thesis 1.7 was released I reviewed it and bemoaned the fact that I couldn’t make use of its SEO features and drop the All-in-One-SEO plugin. The reason was because removing the All-in-One results in all the META tags on all the articles on the blog being removed as well. That would mean I’d have… Read more

I wrote a post recently on how to insert an Opt-in form on a WordPress blog with no sidebars. It’s attracted a lot of views from people searching how to create an opt-in form on WordPress, so I figured a description of how to insert one in a blog that does have sidebars might be… Read more