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Change the WordPress post updated messages

Sometimes it is necessary to modify or remove the default WordPress post updated messages that are displayed when making changes to a Post in WordPress. One example is when you are creating a custom post type that does not have a permalink. When you save a draft, publish or update a published post, you are presented with messaging that includes a link to the post – which in that case will take the user to a 404 page. Continue reading

Custom post types with no permalinks

When I was at WordCamp Ottawa this year, I was asked a question about how to create custom post types without generating permalinks. This is actually something I do a lot of as I am creating internal content types that are not meant to be viewed individually at their own url.

The snippet below will register the post type and you’ll notice that there is no Permalink line below the title. Continue reading

Debug Bar Tracer Plugin

I have just released a new plugin called Debug Bar Tracer. It is meant to work with the Debug Bar plugin that should be a staple of any WordPress developer’s toolkit. The idea behind it is quite simple – I am always printing data out to the browser when developing and it always breaks the page and looks horrible. This plugin just adds a new panel that will show you the location of the call ( complete with file name and line number ) as well as the data you are sending out.

Please take a look and let me know what you think!

 

Creating a skinnable WordPress widget

Building custom widgets is fun, rebuilding them because we need to change the way it looks is not. With that in mind, lets build a skinnable WordPress widget that separates how it looks from what it does. For the purposes of this tutorial, I am assuming that you are comfortable creating a Widget and working with the API. Please refer to the Widget API as needed. Continue reading

Bye bye ActionScript

So I’ve decided to retire the Action Script section of my website. I don’t really work with Flash all that much anymore and to be honest, I’m getting quite rusty at it. The posts will still be available but I won’t be adding anymore moving forward.

Dreamweaver Command – French Characters

I recently developed a Dreamweaver command to automate a process I hate to do manually – turn French characters into their HTML entities. It’s pretty straight forward, highlight the copy you want to scan, select French Characters under the Commands menu and follow the prompts.

To install, unzip the files and drop them into your Commands folder.

I wrote it for CS5 but have since tested it in CS6 and it works.

Blackberry Playbook OS 2.0

So, I was one of the many who jumped on the bandwagon and bought a Playbook when they we’re offering them at a ridiculously reduced price over Christmas. I was never really that interested in getting one but they were cheap and I wanted an e-reader (Playbook comes pre-installed with a Kobo app) so I convinced myself that it was worth it. Continue reading

WordPress Stuck In Maintenance Mode

If you ever have an automatic update fail sometimes your WordPress install can get stuck in maintenance mode. I just had this happen to me and was able to find a quick solution.

Log into your server via FTP and look for a .maintenance file, delete it and you should be up and running again.

Les Stroud is back at it

I just heard that my former employer Les Stroud is going to be doing more episodes of Survivorman – but this time for 10 days instead of 7.

Here is the official post on his website – http://lesstroud.ca/news/survivorman-returns.

If you’re not familiar with Survivorman you should be. It basically invented the Survival TV genre – and no not the reality TV, I can win a car crap – the real stuff where people are actually required to know how to do it.

I loved the show and am definitely looking forward to the new episode(s) both as a fan and a friend of Les’ and I wish him and the Les Stroud Productions team the best.