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Overview of Google Analytics privacy settings for GDPR

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.

 

Web Browser Dev Tools Part 3: The Network tab and testing slow pages

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.

Web Browser Dev Tools Part 2: Inspecting pages

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).

Web Browser Dev Tools Part 1: mobile website testing

Did you know that inside your browser is a magical toolbox called “Developer Tools”? Well there is, and it’s full of things that are useful to even non-web-developers.

I’m starting a little series on using developer tools, and starting by showing you how you can use “dev tools” to test your websites on different screen sizes and emulate mobile devices.

A quick introduction to HTTPS

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!

Online security: Generating and using passwords with password managers

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).

User Management

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.

What’s new in WordPress 4.8

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!

What’s new in WordPress 4.7

OK, WordPress 4.7 isn’t new now, but it’s been a while since I did a screencast, but I’m way overdue an overview of what’s new in WordPress version 4.7. So here it is.

Keeping WordPress post types code clean with simple classes

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.

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