Krispy Joins New Scientist as Lead Developer
Nov01

Krispy Joins New Scientist as Lead Developer

UPDATE:  After nine months I’ve now left New Scientist, it was an exciting place to work, and it helped improve my WordPress knowledge and dev skills, BUT the life / work balance was not right for me, and I decided that it was time to leave and spend more time with my wife – we only live once and I don’t want to have too many regrets! Well after 18 years working for the magazine distributor Frontline Ltd, it was time...

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Depreciated MySQL Connects with XAMPP and WordPress
Oct08

Depreciated MySQL Connects with XAMPP and WordPress

Depreciated MySQL Connects with XAMPP and WordPress Warning; If Doing PHP Development With WordPress locally, you can run into issues if you install PHP version 5.5.x onwards. UPDATE: Since WordPress 3.9, PHP 5.5 and the MySQLi functions are now properly supported, so this article will no longer be relevant. This, as I’ve just found, is because from PHP v5.5.x onwards, the MySQL* commands are depreciated.   It’s also good...

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New Website;  MDA Promotions
Aug05

New Website; MDA Promotions

I’ve been busy the last few weeks, doing a re-design for a friends website; MDA Promotions.   Matt runs a darts exhibition and event company, which put on darts promotions around the Leicestershire and Derbyshire area, with some of the biggest names in darts being put on show (Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, James Wade, Gary Anderson amongst previous players). The website is built on a WordPress install, but customised with...

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Another website; Justin Pipe, Darts pro
Nov30

Another website; Justin Pipe, Darts pro

I’ve been working on another website for a friend and darts pro, Justin Pipe. Justin will be playing at the world championships this December, and I might be lucky enough to be his guest there.  He recently played 3 games at the Grand Slam of Darts on ITV4, again I was there for some of the action, cheering him on. Justin is a top bloke, and I was happy to design and create a small updatable site for him – using WordPress...

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Another new website created
Oct31

Another new website created

I’ve created another website (one of LOTS – see the portfolio page).  This one was a commissioned job for a friend; a dating advice website. This one was created for a few friends who needed a website to give out dating advice to singles looking for someone special. Again it’s a fairly out of the box WordPress website which uses a custom theme, and a few handy plug-ins to help track visitors and the like. It uses the...

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My “Blog style” websites upgraded

For my sites which are more ‘blog style’, such as this one, I use the fantastic open source WordPress software.  If you think running your own site like this would be tough, think again.  While I do have the skills to hand code websites, I am a pragmatic programmer – so if there’s already a bit of software that does 90% of what I want, and works well, why re-invent the wheel? To be honest WordPress really is...

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