How to Make Horrible Software Comparisons

Software comparison articles can be helpful, but most are horrible. They should educate, compare, and recommend. But usually, they’re just filler words that convey no actual meaning. Here are some common mistakes of horrible software comparisons… Universally Picking a Winner It’s ridiculous to pick a universal winner. Eg, if you’re comparing Event Espresso to EventBrite, […]

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WordCamp Vancouver 2018 Memory Dump

Absolutely everything I can remember from my WordCamp experience this year. Feel free to just skip to the sections that interest you… (And thanks Esther for the photo of Scott, myself, and Jason on the ferry!) Preparation I sent a message out to my WordPress meetup and “WordPress professionals” group asking if anyone wanted to […]

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PHP’s array_shift Performance

PHP’s array_shift is a relatively slow way to fetch the first item from an array; it’s much better to use reset. array_shift() modifies the original array and can be pretty slow because it needs to completely reindex the array (remove first element then shuffle everything else forward by one “slot”), so unless you specifically need […]

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Getting Started Contributing Code to WordPress Gutenberg in Laragon

This post documents how I setup WordPress Gutenberg for local development on Windows 7, using Laragon instead of Docker, and made my first pull request to the project. Most folks wanting to test and modify WordPress’ Gutenberg use Docker to manage their environment. That’s great because it’s especially consistent. But I’ve been happy using Laragon […]

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How to Print Your WordPress Blog

I previously wrote about the conundrum of preserving your WordPress blog for a  hundred years or so. The main solution I suggested was putting your blog’s content on Family Search… but the majority of commenters said they mostly wanted to just print it out on plain old paper. So how can you print your blog […]

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