I recently discovered Laravel Valet. It’s a quick and minimalist way of setting up a local development environment on a Mac. In this short post, I show how to combine Valet with a bit of scripting to create WordPress development environments quickly and with minimal effort. Continue reading →
For the longest time, Google Chrome on my Mac refused to update to the latest version. On each attempt it would fail with “update (error 11)”.
After a little Googling, I found a solution that worked for me so am posting it here in case it helps someone else. Here’s how to fix this pesky error:
- Open Finder.
In the top menu, select Go > Go to Folder
- Enter either of the locations below. If the first location doesn’t come up, try the other:
- Double click the file called “CheckForUpdatesNow.command” – the Mac Terminal window will open and execute the command
- Wait until you see the message “[Process completed]”
- Close the Terminal window
- Refresh your Chrome ‘About’ page – the update should complete without showing the error
This month I achieved one of my goals for 2015 by featuring as a guest on a podcast for the very first time.
Here is a list of resources (Genesis Camp videos, plugins, apps, websites, etc.) mentioned during my appearance on the UKGenesis podcast #13, in the hope it might help some folks:-
Genesis Camp 2015 – Fave Presentations
- VVV Vagrant – Neil Gee
- Hot Toddy – Dave Dean
- The Essential Mac Setup – Bodie Quirk
- Leveraging 3rd party code – Juan Rangel
- WDS Simple Page Builder
- WP Accessibility
- Genesis Accessible
- WPPusher by Peter Suhm
- Gravity Forms
- SG CachePress
Apps & Utilities
Valuable feedback from Michael McIntyre on website UX design. It raises important issues like: if you’re running an e-commerce website selling products to the UK market only, do you really need to list all the countries of the world in the ‘what is your country of residence’ dropdown list on the checkout page?
Net Neutrality is important. Like, really important. John Oliver explains it all in a non-boring way. Take a few moments to understand the issues.
How about having someone read you a story? Think about it for a moment. If you’re a parent, you might read to your child every night (good for you!), but I bet more than a few of you, at some point, have harboured a secret wish that one day the tables will be turned and it will be you tucked-up in bed with a hot water bottle whilst someone reads you your favourite story. Now when was the last time that happened?
Margaret Gould Stewart, ‘User experience master’ explains how seemingly small changes can have a huge impact when designing for web applications (like Facebook and YouTube) that have millions of daily users worldwide.
I’m often asked why WordPress is a great choice for building websites for business clients. Here’s an introductory video to address that question.