Press Ups is an attempt at regular WordPress exercise. Originally I challenged myself to post a short WordPress tutorial screencast (almost) every day. That fell by the wayside, but subscribe below for updates.
Press Ups is a project of Oikos Digital and Ross Wintle.
You may have had some emails from Google Analytics about new privacy tools. These are intended to help with GDPR compliance. So this video gives some background and shows two simple steps you can take with Google Analytics and WordPress to reduce the data you collect and retain using Google Analytics.
I’m back from the Christmas break! Happy new year to you.
In this video I introduce you to the Network tab in dev tools. You can use this to analyse slow-loading pages, locate images that might need to be optimised, see what scripts and styles are being loaded, and, if you’re more advanced, see and analyse the HTTP requests that are being made.
In the second part of my series on using dev tools, I look at how you can dive into your HTML, view it, see how it appears on screen and modify it. You can edit and add classes and hover states (and CSS, but that’s for a later video).
This topic came up a few times today, so I quickly recorded an overview. This is a beginner’s guide to HTTPS and SSL certificates. I’ll explain what they do, the differences between different sorts of certificates and explain how with a decent host you should be able to get an HTTPS certificate for free with a couple of clicks!
This week there was a big leak of millions of email address – some with passwords. So I’ve made a 7 minute video that’s really worth watching explaining why you should use a password manager to generate and remember passwords, and how doing so is not just more secure but is actually more convenient as well.
If you want to try a password manager, check out 1Password (my favourite) or LastPass (others are available).
I’m often asked to add, remove or change users on my clients’ WordPress sites. But it’s actually really easy to do this yourself. This video explains why you would use multiple user accounts and talks you through adding a new user in WordPress. We also look at deleting and editing users, and re-visit the password reset process.
WordPress 4.8 contains lots of “behind the scenes” stuff that you probably won’t notice. But these changes will make your website editing easier, either now or in the future. However, on the surface there’s not so much to see. This “what’s new” video is only three minutes and shows you just two main new features. Enjoy!
My previous screencast for developers went down pretty well. I had some constructive feedback about it. And at the end of the last screencast I hinted at something useful that I do in my code that might be useful to others.
So, partly with the aim of just “having another go”, to see if I can improve this style of teaching, and partly because I felt that I had something else useful to teach, I’ve made a video that explains how I use some simple object oriented classes to make my code for querying post types cleaner, simpler, more re-usable, and easier to understand and maintain.
In response to feedback on the previous developer video, I’ve tried to make the screen and text appear bigger, and I’ve tried to fix the problem of keyboard noise – it’s not quite gone but should be better.
Here’s the video. Useful links are below. Feedback is, again, welcome.