Web development covers both the coding side and the theoretical aspects. Web development, for me at least, is largely PHP driven. PHP is supported behind the scenes with MySQL for data storage and jQuery/CSS for frontend work. Frameworks are of course helpful in many scenarios, this have included but are not limited to Laravel and Zend. CSS is nicely extended by the rather powerful LESS.

Shared Hosting > Leverage Browser Caching

by Paul Joyce

We all know that faster websites are better websites. Not necessarily better quality, as the Internet is full of drivel, but Google and Bing love fast websites. If you can serve fast content, they’ve openly admitted you’ll do better in their search rankings. Better ranking means more readers/subscribers/buyers/moneys. It’s meant an improvement for this WordPress […]

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Checking if an element is hidden with jQuery – the correct method

by Paul Joyce

Over the last couple of days I’ve been reviewing code submitted by other programmers for an external project. Two of these developers, who shall remain nameless, were checking whether elements in a form were visible or not. This is quite a common scenario, jQuery is often used to hide, add and remove elements dynamically these […]

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Secure those WordPress 3.5.1 exploits

by Paul Joyce

Yesterday WordPress released version 3.5.2 of its famous blogging platform, patching many WordPress 3.5.1 vulnerabilities and exploits, but is it really worth the hassle of upgrading? I mean we all have better things to do at the weekend than go around fixing WordPress. Don’t even get started on those Monday mornings either! Well first off […]

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Broken WP dashboard and stats panel

by Paul Joyce

Another week has gone by and another post needs to be written to explain why some people are probably seeing errors on their WordPress dashboard. Having trouble seeing your site stats from Jetpack, or being asked “Are you human?” … likelihood is your suffering the same Heart Internet ‘problems’ I am. Have you recently started seeing this […]

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How to secure WordPress: 4 tips to help lock it down

by Paul Joyce

With the recent spate of brute force attacks hitting WordPress installations around the world, its not surprising that hosting companies such as Heart Internet have taken some steps in protecting its users, even if it does raise a few eyeborws. But what can we, as users of WordPress, do to help protect our own blogs or […]

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Suspicious www.webhostingstatus.com popup for WordPress Admins

by Paul Joyce

Like me you’ve probably seen a lot of activity in the media recently about WordPress being targeted by hackers for weaknesses. Well today I looked at my WP installs dotted around the virtual world and saw that some of them had a suspicious popup appear before I could log in to the admin section. The […]

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How to order and group custom WordPress posts by their custom taxonomies

by Paul Joyce

Working on a project for a client, I needed to group an archive of custom post types by their categories. To complicate things further the categories were implemented as a custom taxonomy. On top of this the taxonomies had to be ordered alphabetically. After a lot of experimenting with loops and different configurations of arguments, […]

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Whats new in WordPress 3.5

by Paul Joyce

This week we finally got our hands on version 3.5 of the WordPress CMS. It was way back in the middle of June that we saw the previous release, ‘Green’ version 3.4, boasting new Twitter integration etc. So what new features does ‘Elvin’ version 3.5 give us? Here’s a quick review of some of the […]

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Font Rendering Explained

by Paul Joyce

One aspect of web design that still limits everyday, is the horrendously poor choice of fonts we have at our finger tips. With only a handful of truly system universal fonts at our disposal, its not a surprise that font delivery systems such as Font Squirrel or TypeKit have appeared to fill in the holes. But […]

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Learning LESS: Nesting Rules

by Paul Joyce

So you’ve managed to complete the simple LESS setup, written a few variable declarations, even used some of the built in functions to calculate new stylesheet colours… but you’re still writing line after line of code. Is there something in LESS to simplify the amount you’re writing? Yes… thanks to nested rules! Ever seen something […]

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