Adding AJAX to your WordPress Plugins

This weekend I’m giving a talk at WordCamp Victoria about using AJAX in WordPress. The talk uses a couple of code snippets to demonstrate creating a simple plugin that passes some data from the client to the server and then updates the web page using data sent back from the server. Here’s the code for […]

WordCamp Victoria 2013

January 12th 2013 is the date for next year’s WordCamp Victoria.

I’m a big fan of WordPress and I’ve benefited greatly from local events such as the Vancouver WordPress group and Vancouver WordCamp. I’m also a big fan of Victoria and, not having had a pint in The Swan (or The Bent Mast for that […]

Adding an Admin User to Your WordPress Database

Ever locked yourself out of your WordPress installation? No, of course not – you always keep a secure copy of your passwords. But I had a situation last week where I needed to perform admin actions on a copy of a client’s site and only had non-administrative access.

I’d recommend strongly against hacking yourself an […]

Using The WordPress Settings API

So I’ve been writing WordPress plugins & widgets for people recently and having to produce administration pages in the dashboard. Using the WP Settings API makes this SO amazingly easy… you barely have to write any code or HTML at all.

Basically it comes down to just this…

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Writing a Web App: Do Your Research

I still remember many a lunch spent with work colleagues during the early days of widespread internet adoption where we’d brain-storm a great new internet-related idea that would make us all millionaires. We’d come rushing back to our desks after lunch and immediately search to see if anybody had beaten us to the idea.

Invariably […]

Writing a Web App: The Idea

The best ideas for web applications are usually ones where you identify a need of your own – something that you personally want.

Something I’ve done ever since I first owned a car is to record my gas mileage – how many miles I get on each tankful and hence how many MPG (or l/100km) […]

Writing a Web Application

I’m going to write a new web application from scratch. Just for fun & with no intention of making my fortune from it (but it wouldn’t hurt if I did).

I’ll be writing it in PHP – possibly plain PHP or possibly using a framework. I’ve done some work in the past with the Zend […]