BackupBuddy review and experience

The problem I have close to a dozen sites that I personally handle.  That includes feature requests, performance, and backups.  To perform backups, I pretty much set aside a decent chunk of time to manually export the WordPress databases, then I FTP down the corresponding files. This is not exactly the fastest process, but I’ve…

WAMP and https

Why is this important? It looks like the BluePrint-Q preview is broken on the WordPress themes directory: https://wordpress.org/themes/blueprintq-draft/ Turns out that some assets are expecting to be loaded through http, but the theme directory is using https, which is causing the unpleasant layout. So, this is something I want to debug locally. Out of the…

Increasing your upload limits

You may have issues with your hosting provider when uploading large images, typically more than 2MB.  That size can handle small images and icons, but nothing significant like audio, PDFs, etc.  To get around this, you can usually increase the size limit.  You do this by going into your php.ini file (or user.ini for cPanel/Plesk) and…

Hiding WordPress backend menu items

I’m reworking a client’s site and am replacing their functions.php.  In there, I found a function that I wrote to remove specific menu items from the WordPress Administrative area.  For future reference, here it is: /** * Several menus items are shown to non-Administrators, but really should not * be displayed. Hide specific menus unnecessary…

Odd SSL forcing

I’ve been with my wife at the hospital today and have been working on the BluePrint-Q Tones while she rests.  Inbetween sessions, exactly one of the websites that I develop on localhost stopped loading properly.  I saw a ton of errors like this in the browser console: GET https://localhost/tbs/wp-content/plugins/bpq.banners/bpq.banners.css?ver=1.4 net::ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED Eventually realized that all of…

Limiting posttypes to Administrators

Earlier, I wrote a quick article that introduced WordPress Roles and Capabilities.  Today, I revisited that page to figure out how to make it so that my new custom post type would only be accessible by the Administrator.  The Codex page did not really make me understand.  So, after playing around for a little while,…

Permalinks not appearing

I came into a problem on one of my machines where the WordPress permalinks were not working.  Typically, I go to the WP backend and click Settings >> Permalinks, then resave what I have there so that WP updates the .htaccess file.  However, that did not do the trick this time. After some digging, it…

Benchmarks on WAMP 2.5

WAMPServer is the tool that I use to develop websites locally.  It is made up of three distinct technologies – Apache, MySQL, and PHP. I recently upgraded from WAMP 2.4 (Apache 2.4.4, MySQL 5.6.12, PHP 5.4.12) to WAMP 2.5 (Apache 2.4.9, MySQL 5.6.17, PHP 5.5.12).  At the time, I was developing an application with an AJAX…