How to style links for maximum visibility and accessibility

Linked text on websites needs to stand out for users to know they can click them. But doing this right is surprisingly hard, because you need to finely balance the colour contrast between the background, non-linked text and linked text. For maximum visibility I like to rely on the WCAG […]

5 Rules for making a good 404 “page not found” message

When a website visitor tries to view a page that does not exist they see a 404 “page not found” page. This typically happens because the page has been removed, the visitor has clicked a broken link, the visitor typed a URL wrong. This can be a frustrating or confusing […]

WordPress 5.0.3 Maintenance Release

WordPress 5.0.3 was released today. 5.0.3. is a maintenance release that includes 37 bug fixes and 7 performance improvements for the Gutenberg editor. While continued improvement to the new Gutenberg editor are welcomed – it also feeds the sentiment that it was released too soon. There were also updates to […]

Pingdom Drops Free Uptime Monitoring

Pingdom announced today they will discontinue the free tier of their website uptime monitoring service. As of 6 February 2019 people using the free plan will no longer be able to use the service. The free uptime monitoring has been offered since 2009 – along side the paid plans. It […]

What order should WordPress updates be installed?

WordPress administrators will be familiar with this screen – updates available for WordPress core, themes and plugins – but what order should they be installed in? When faced with multiple updates I follow this order: themes plugins WordPress core Why this order? This order is based on the risk of […]

Beware WordPress developers that rely on third-party plugins

When engaging a WordPress developer there’s one very simple but important question you must ask – do they develop or implement. With hundreds of thousands of free plugins and many more premium plugins there’s an alarming trend of people claiming to be ‘WordPress developers’ but when it comes to the development […]

The curiously grey market of GPL licensing

What is the GPL? When WordPress plugins and themes are released they’re typically licensed under the GPL (General Public License) – this spells out the rights and limitations to using the software. Whilst licensing under the GPL isn’t a requirement, it is the preferred license as it used for software […]

Free vs premium WordPress plugins

There are a huge number of WordPress plugins available to extend WordPress – this has contributed to the success of WordPress bringing it to power 27% of the internet’s websites. Almost 50,000 free plugins are available from the WordPress plugin directory – as well as paid or “premium” plugins from third-parties. But what’s […]