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BBQ Pro Review

Thanks to David McCan over at WebTNG for his in-depth review of my WordPress firewall plugin, BBQ Pro. It's a pleasure to read and packed with plenty of awesome screenshots :)

Interview at ThemeIsle!

Thank you to the fine folks at ThemeIsle for the great interview. Always a pleasure talking about my work, WordPress, web dev and security :) Cheers!

Fix Site Health Error: The authorization header is missing

Fix Site Health Error: The authorization header is missing

Quick post that explains how to fix the error, “The authorization header is missing”. This error may be found under “recommended improvements” in the WordPress Site Health tool (located under the WP menu ▸ Tools ▸ Site Health).

When running a Site Health check, the “authorization header” warning happens when you’ve upgraded WordPress (to version 5.6 or better) and have Permalinks enabled, but the site’s .htaccess rules have not been updated with the latest. This DigWP tutorial explains what’s happening and shows how to fix the error easily with a few clicks.

TasteWP FTW

TasteWP enables anyone to setup a test/temporary WordPress instance in seconds. So you can play around and do things like test plugins on a live site. I know this kind of thing has been done before, but I've never seen it made SO EASY. Like stupid easy. And FREE. Awesome tool.

Where to Learn WordPress Theme Development

Excellent in-depth article from Chris about all the ways to develop WordPress themes in 2021 (and beyond).

ClassicPress

Nice to see ClassicPress still going strong! :)

Interview at Speckyboy.com

Had a great interview with Eric Karkovack at Speckyboy magazine. Goes deep into WordPress, web development, security, future of things, and other key topics. Grab a beverage and check it out! :)

How to Troubleshoot WordPress, Easy Step-by-Step Guide

How to Troubleshoot WordPress, Easy Step-by-Step Guide

Easily hands down the most common thing that I find myself explaining to WordPress users is how to troubleshoot WordPress in order to find the cause of some issue. And it makes sense if you think about it. WordPress and all of its plugins and themes are made of code. And code is a complex thing. The more code you add to a site, the more likely it is for bugs and issues to happen. And when they do, it can be confusing and frustrating to the average user.

Digging Into WordPress v5.5

Book updates! New versions of all books including Digging Into WordPress now available for download. As always, updates are FREE for all book owners :)

New Bookstore!

Excited to announce the launch of our new bookstore! It's got a minimalist design and loads super fast. Go there to get great books like Digging Into WordPress, The Tao of WordPress, and WordPress Themes In Depth. Check it out and learn more about how the site was built.

How to Check if Post has Taxonomy Term

How to Check if Post has Taxonomy Term

Something I did not know about when working with Custom Post Types and Custom Taxonomies. Normally when checking if a regular WP Post belongs to a specific category, we can use the WordPress function in_category(). But that does not work with Custom Post Types. To check if a CPT belongs to a specific term in a Custom Taxonomy, use has_term() instead.

Is it okay to use plugins that are not current with latest version of WordPress?

Is it okay to use plugins that are not current with latest version of WordPress?

People often ask me whether it is safe to run plugins that are not tested with the latest version of WordPress. And it's a good question, because software in general is something that you want to keep current and updated with all the latest. For WordPress plugins however, there are many plugins that simply don't need to be updated with each new version of WordPress.

Pro Plugin Giveaway

Yay this year is the 7th birthday of our pro WordPress plugin site, Plugin-Planet.com. To celebrate the event, we are giving away 7 free copies of our premium WordPress plugins!

View Custom Fields Meta Box in Gutenberg Block Editor

I get bunches of emails asking what happened to the "Custom Fields" meta box on the "Edit Posts" screen. They're hidden by default with the new Block Editor, so questions like, "do I need to install a plugin to get them back again?" No you don't. To view the Custom Fields for any post, click the three dots in the upper-right corner of the screen and then do one of these:

  • For older versions of WordPress, go to Options and check the box to enable Custom Fields (under "Advanced Panels").
  • For newer versions of WordPress, go to Preferences > Panels and check the box to enable Custom Fields (under "Additional").

After enabling, scroll down the page to find the Custom Fields meta box.

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