Customizing WordPress

Everyone wants a unique web presence. WordPress makes this easy by allowing us to customize our website to our heart’s content.

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A New Talks Page

Recently, I’ve started volunteering to give more talks to local user groups and conferences. Normally, I have some kind of slide deck to go along with those as a resource. To keep all of these in one place, I’ve created a Talks page as a kind of repo for the talks I’ve given or talks in development.

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Talk: Getting Started with WP-CLI

Do you work with or maintain WordPress sites and wonder if there’s an easier way to keep things updated?

Are you looking for a way to automate a site setup, turning a five minute install into a 5 second install? (Well, at least less than 5 minutes)

Are you bogged down by repetitive tasks that you think, “Ugh, OMG!!!, I wish there was a friggin’ script I could run that would take care of this for me.”

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2018: The Year of Going Deeper and Wider

A quick bulleted list… This year, I’m working on the following:

Deeper

  • Gutenberg and React
  • Vue and the RESTAPI
  • For fun: calypso fork? WP-CLI stuffs? Beans something??

Wider

  • Laravel
  • NodeApp
  • For fun: Raspberry Pi and a bot

Health

  • Really get this dialed in for the rest of my life.
  • Get weight down into the 230s or body fat down around 12%-15%.
  • Get lower back pain under control.
  • Be able to run and play with my daughter no problem.

How I Wrote My First Bash Script to Implement WP-CLI on Managed Sites

They say if you want to learn something, teach.

Or scratch your own itch.

Or just do it.

In any case, I had an itch that I have been wanting to find a fix for for a while.

If you are a developer like me, you began figuring this “WordPress thing” out through tutorials, trial and (mostly) error, and trying a lot of different things out.

Also, if you’re like me, you got into this for several reasons, one of which is the joy of helping people out and getting them a website setup and launched. I love the satisfaction of getting that project launched and the joy these folks have when they realize they can manage their own publishing.

And of course, if you’re a developer like me, you have a shared hosting account with at least a dozen different websites that are small personal projects or folks on the “friends and family plan” (read “free hosting” 🙂 ). This means I have a dozen or so sites I want to make sure I keep updated, but don’t want to spend a lot of time updating.

So, I decided to learn enough bash to write a script that would execute WP-CLI commands on my local environment as well as my shared hosting.

Here’s how I did it…

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Tips for Small Business Owners Getting Started with WordPress

A couple months ago, I was asked to contribute to an article for business owners on getting started with WordPress. The article was just published and I made slot #4 (I don’t think there’s anything special about that, btw ). There was some great advice in the article, especially #1:

Don’t be afraid to get it wrong the first time…

So true!

However, since only a little bit of what I contributed was shared in the article, I wanted to post the rest here.

Just in case any business owners are wondering about getting started with WordPress, please know:

You’re not alone in this. 

There’s a lot of help available.

Don’t be afraid to seek help if you don’t understand something.

It’s all going to be ok.

Here’s the rest of what I recommend when getting started with WordPress.

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