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A Review of Laravel Valet

A while back, Chrome 63 forced all .dev domains to be HTTPS. As a result, I found myself unable to view my local development websites on Chrome. Even though I have been happy with Chrome lately (it’s a resource hog) it’s still my go-to web development browser. My local WordPress development environment was powered by…

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How to Get the Page ID Outside of the Loop

Love it or hate it, the Loop is the proper WordPress way to get posts and other metadata related to these posts. But sometimes you just need to get the current page or post ID outside of the loop. For example, you might want to create a hero banner in your header.php that uses metadata associated with the current page. When…

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Common WordPress Theme Development Mistakes to Avoid

WordPress themes control how WordPress displays content. An incorrectly coded WordPress theme can cause a lot of problems ranging from display issues to incorrect template logic. Here are some common WordPress theme coding mistakes I’ve made myself or seen in other people’s code. Ignoring the template hierarchy One of the more common errors I’ve seen is the confusion between front-page.php…

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Getting Ready for the WordPress REST API

If you have been following WordPress news for the last year or so, you’ve probably heard of the WordPress REST API. In fact, it’s hard not to hear about it. Take a look at the schedule of a recent WordCamp, and you’re almost guaranteed to find a talk about the REST API. There’s no doubt it’s…

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Can’t Access WordPress Dashboard – No Update Required

I recently ran into this issue: after an upgrade to the latest WordPress version, I tried to log in to the dashboard, only to see this notice: “No Update Required. Your WordPress database is already up-to-date!” Clicking on the “Continue” button takes me back to my site’s home page. I was locked out of my WordPress dashboard.…

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Three Things I Learned At WordCamp San Diego

I had the privilege of speaking at WordCamp San Diego this past weekend. Here are some of the things I learned there. It wasn’t necessarily new information, but rather things that were reinforced or reintroduced. Keep calm and speak on This was my first time speaking at a WordCamp. I had some pre-talk jitters but once I…

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Does ZURB Foundation Work With WordPress jQuery?

If you’ve ever used ZURB Foundation with WordPress, you’ll likely run into a jQuery version problem. Foundation 5 uses jQuery 2, but WordPress, as of version 4.1, loads jQuery 1.11.1. If you’re tempted to dequeue WordPress’ jQuery, be careful. Since WordPress loads its own jQuery in no-conflict mode, removing it may create a chain of problems. So what are…

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10 Favorite WordPress Plugins of 2014: Owner’s Edition

10 Favorite WordPress Plugins

Yesterday I posted about my 10 favorite WordPress developer plugins. Today I am going post my 10 favorite owner’s plugins. Enable Media Replace If you are a stickler about filenames like me, then you absolutely hate it when you try to replace a file only to have WordPress add a “-1” to the end of the…

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10 Favorite WordPress Plugins of 2014: Developer Edition

10 Favorite WordPress Plugins

Here are my top WordPress plugins that helped me do my job in 2014: Theme Check Theme Check helps me uncover issues with my theme. If you are interested in submitting a theme to WordPress.org, then this plugin is a must. You can run the tests in the admin area and all the results are displayed…

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The Hybrid Core Framework for WordPress

Hybrid Core is my favorite WordPress theme framework. The framework is developed and maintained by Justin Tadlock, a very familiar name in the WordPress community. I’ve been using the framework for about three years now, and even though I’ve tried some other frameworks, I keep coming back to Hybrid Core. For most of my WordPress…

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