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Privacy is Hard: Analytics - Tom McFarlin

When speaking of web analytics and privacy, its not something I typically think of going hand-in-hand. I mean, conventional wisdom may argue that we want to know as much as possible about those visiting our sites so we can ensure… Continue Reading →

Why I’m Archiving My GitHub Repositories - Tom McFarlin

One of the things I’ve been considering for a while now (read: most of this year) is archiving my GitHub repositories and retiring what WordPress plugins I currently have available. Last month, I spent time thinking about why I’d want… Continue Reading →

From Self-Employment to Employment in WordPress - Tom McFarlin

Earlier this year, I talked about the move from Pressware to WebDevStudios but I didn’t go into much detail. However, last week, I had the ability to do a deep dive into what it’s like to work to work with… Continue Reading →

Working with cURL, WordPress, and Valet - Tom McFarlin

I’m one of those types who uses the and as my primary DNS servers. But one problem that comes with using these as my main DNS servers (and maybe others, I don’t know as I’ve not tried them) is that… Continue Reading →

Understanding Caching in WordPress, Part 3 - Tom McFarlin

In the previous two posts, I’ve talked about the basics of caching and how caching works in WordPress, at least to a degree. But remember that this series was motivated by an email from someone who thought that I could… Continue Reading →

Why WordPress is a Superior Platform for a Non-Profit Organization - WP Mayor

Many developers choose to build plugins for WordPress because of its dominance. Wide availability of plugins means that your non-profit can quickly add new features to your site without expensive and lengthy custom programming.

Understanding Caching in WordPress, Part 2 - Tom McFarlin

In the previous post, I shared a basic primer for how database-backed applications – specifically WordPress – work without caching. And before we talk about how basic caching works in WordPress, namely with the Transients API, it’s important to discuss… Continue Reading →

Understanding Caching in WordPress, Part 1 - Tom McFarlin

Back in may, I wrote an article about using the WordPress Transients API. I summarize the article like this: To simulate cookies and their feature of expiration, using WordPress transients may be a viable solution.https://tommcfarlin.com/using-wordpress-transients/ Though the purpose of the… Continue Reading →

How To Build A Recurring Revenue Business Online Using WordPress - WP Mayor

In this article, we browse through some great projects taken on by the WPRiders team that focus on the idea of recurring revenue. We’ll show you some practical, inspiring models that will help you understand how you can actually take… Continue Reading →

Tools for Writing Better WordPress Code: Static Analysis - Tom McFarlin

In the most recent post of this series (which is admittedly some time ago), I talked at length about Composer and its lock file. I recommend reading the previous two articles because Composer is eventually going to play a role… Continue Reading →

Sending Authorization Headers with WordPress - Tom McFarlin

Whenever we’re making remote requests with WordPress, we’re likely going to be using one of the following functions: wp_remote_postwp_safe_remote_postwp_remote_getwp_safe_remote_get And, yes, sometimes we’ll be using cURL depending on the nature of the project, but that’s outside the content of this… Continue Reading →

Time Off 2019: Part 2 of 4 of Social Media Sabbaticals - Tom McFarlin

Earlier this year, I followed-suit with my usual routine of social media sabbaticals (which is just a fancier way of saying “time off of social media” 🎩). If you’re new to reading this site, you can read my past entries… Continue Reading →

Adding Multiple Coding Standards with Composer - Tom McFarlin

It’s one thing to be using PHP CodeSniffer manually but if you’re using a utility such as GrumPHP to check your work before committing it to the repository, then you’re likely going to want to use the version that you’re… Continue Reading →

5 Things You Need To Do If Your WordPress Website Has Been Hacked - WP Mayor

Having your WordPress site hacked is not something you ever want to experience, but it happens more often that we’d like. There are ways to help prevent hacks, but if it happens to you, here are a few things you… Continue Reading →

Oxygen – A Complete Design Plugin for Creative Professionals - WP Mayor

Looking for a comprehensive WordPress design plugin to tackle all your coding needs without add-on costs? Oxygen is a full-site builder that gives you complete control over every aspect of your WordPress site design – in just one plugin. No… Continue Reading →

How to Ensure Your WordPress Product Stands Out in a Saturated Market - WP Mayor

Given that WordPress products market is oversaturated, the one thing standing between a good product and its audience is good marketing. Make the right moves to get your product the attention it needs.

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