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One does not simply log into WordPress and build a form

There are more questions you need to ask about forms than you think.

Helpful IT notice: emails with your password in!

Yesterday I looked in the spam box in my email account, and found that there were some messages in there that had an old, out-of-date password in the subject line. These were quite scary-looking messages trying to blackmail me. But… Continue Reading →

Be careful what you write! Basic SEO is easy, important, and really boring.

Trendy, abstract, modernist marketing is great, and you can still use some of that, but be careful what you write: you may need to be boring to be found!

CSS and… err …job titles?

I think it’s easier to switch languages than to switch disciplines. We need job titles that better describe our disciplines.

Do website owners need a “drivers license”, or should websites be more “self-driving”?

Surely many of the things that I set up on new WordPress sites with plugins and settings tweaks are solved problems now. So why do I have to add them myself?

Charging up the SchoolBot

I’ve been gently nudging SchoolBot development along in my mornings and evenings the last week – here’s where it’s at.

Blooming MailChimp Groups and GDPR fields

Some things on the internet are inexplicably hard. e.g. Bloom + MailChimp + Groups + GDPR fields 🤷‍♂️

On balance of creativity and passivity with kids and screentime

This is from a great episode of the ChangeLog podcast that interviews Tim Bell, the founder and creator of CS Unplugged: a collection of free teaching material that teaches computer science through engaging games and puzzles. I struggle with how much… Continue Reading →

More struggling with JS: how the PHP -> JS interface is broken and why this is painful

Yesterday I was struggling with getting Vue components to do non-AJAXy things and wondering why on earth this was so difficult.

GIVE ME MY STATIC ANALYSIS!

In which I lament my own utter incompetence, but also switch back from VS Code to PHPStorm in a flash and cry quietly over programming languages.

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