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App Development Software Web Development

Awesome Sketch plugins for web design

Here are some of the plugin gems i found for Sketch! Please, let me know if there are any others you recommend in the comments.

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JavaScript Web Development

Lightweight Slider / Carousel: Siema

Previously, i lauded a lightweight carousel, Flickity, but on a current project, i inexplicably ran into an image loading issue that i spent about two hours trying to fix. No luck.

So, throwing my hands up in the air — literally — i googled “lightweight slider carousel” and the top hit was Siema.

Siema describes itself aptly as “a simple and very lightweight slider / carousel plugin written in pure vanilla JavaScript without any dependencies.”

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WordPress

Lightweight WordPress commenting system plugin: wpDiscuz

I’ve been sick of using JetPack or Disqus on my site for years, so i googled “lightweight WordPress commenting system” and didn’t get anything exactly mentioning that phrase. I got merely two articles talking about a new plugin called wpDiscuz, so i gave it a shot. This was sometime in 2017/2018. I’m finally getting back to this drafted post about it. wpDiscuz is fast being that it uses AJAX lazy loading. I liked that it …

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Miscellaneous Software

How to fix Grayed Out AppleID when updating AppStore Apps

This has driven me mad over the years when i sporadically have to update an old App that was previously installed by a former user. And every time i have to spend 10 minutes or so scouring the web for a correct answer. Here’s the process to fix this. Go to the Applications folder. Find the app that you’re trying to update. In this instance, it was Bitdefender Virus Scanner. Command+Click the app, then click …

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WordPress

Reset WordPress user password with MySQL Workbench

In case you run into an odd situation like i did where i didn’t have access to phpMyAdmin and the password reset via email wasn’t working, but i did have access to MySQL Workbench and the database, this can help you. First, make sure you can connect to your WordPress database via MySQL Workbench. Second, use this MD5 Hash Generator website to create a new MD5 hash of your desired password. Basically, on the site, …

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Analytics Web Development

Ditching Google Analytics for a more privacy-focused alternative

Off and on i’ve toyed with leaving Google Analytics. The primary reason for this is their unruly tracking practices not respecting user privacy — at all. Google hoards and controls a ton of user data; user data they grab while users travel around the Internet. And, even when consumers grant consent for some things, it’s a blurry line that Google toes. I don’t need all the stuff Google tracks, like gender, about my visitors. A …

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Email Software Web Development

Moosend: A MailChimp alternative

MailChimp is the gorilla of the email marketing world. I needed an alternative. With its growth and popularity over the years, the tried-and-true increase in prices and decrease in free-tier plan features has come along with it. We see it all too often in every industry.

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Professional Development

Continuing your education — for free or inexpensively

Yes, I know you’re busy, you have a social life, you’re a parent, you need sleep, you’re dealing with a chronic illness, etc. I get it.

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App Development CLI Web Development

How to update all Node dependencies to their latest version

For the first time last week, i received a “Security Alert Digest” email from Github.

Inside were all the dependencies of a project, gatsby-starter, that had known vulnerabilities. It listed the name of the dependency, its version, and the version i should upgrade to to be safe. Okay.

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Accessibility

Make your site more accessible with Pa11y

I love command line tools. I love learning of new ones to implement into my workflow. Pa11y is one such CLI that i’m using regularly these days. It helps me keep or get my projects into Accessibility 18F shape. Very important to me that the web is as open and accessible to as many people as possible. Screw you, Dominos (i stopped being one of their customers because of their stance). Granted, if you have …

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Analytics SEO

New Resource Added: Google Analytics Reports and Dashboard templates

Although at the end of this month i’m publishing a post about Google Analytics alternatives, i still deem it necessary to educate and help people use the popular tools to their advantage.

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WordPress

Finding an SEO WordPress plugin i actually like

Yoast irks me. Why i left them maybe a year or so ago in lieu of The SEO Framework. I have gists and a post about Yoast removing Yoast superfluous code — <article> tags — from the <head> of the site, sending Yoast meta box to the bottom of Dashboard editor pages. Yoast was like a needy child, always nagging about something. It was also slowing down my site with its bloat. I needed something simple. …

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Email Server Configuration

DMARC Report Analyzers

Have you ever had people tell you your emails inexplicably went to their spam folder? Do you ever email yourself from your own domain, like say [email protected] to [email protected], but it goes to spam and that seems odd since it’s the same domain? Well, the problem is most likely related to DMARC. It stands for Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance (DMARC) and is used by Google, Yahoo, and all other major email providers. It’s a …

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PHP Server Configuration WordPress

Redirect all .php pages excluding WordPress /wp-admin directory files

I ended up having 100s of crawl errors in Google Search Console for URLs that were ending in /blah.php and macariojames.com/dir/subdir/subdir2/blah.php for some reason. Some even ended in .html, which was easy to resolve since WordPress doesn’t use .html files, but .php files. After failing to write my own .htaccess RewriteRule and RewriteCond code, i found some useful code that i was able to tailor to fit my needs. I’ve shared it below. This code …

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Miscellaneous

OPRA and FOIA: The differences and when to request each

Taking a break from my usual tech posts, i started researching the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) back in 2017, and i’m just getting back to finishing this piece in 2019. Important Note: i am NOT a lawyer nor trained in anything regarding legalese or the like. Nothing henceforth should be taken as legal advice; it’s just what i’ve been able to find after reading official governmental documents …

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Website Optimization WordPress

How to disable JavaScript and CSS added by WordPress plugins and speed up your site in the process

TL;DR Plugin developers should use if(is_admin()) and get_current_screen() to determine the page and load these scripts and files conditionally. And the non-plugin developers, we can dequeue the scripts and css files easily. In short: Be an awesome, caring and courtesy developer, please.

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Web Development Website Optimization

Speed up your website with Chrome’s Coverage tool

Speed up a website by removing unused CSS from stylesheets. Use Chrome’s DevTools Coverage tool as a guide for what to remove.

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CLI PHP Server Configuration WordPress

Fix Fatal error when installing a WP-CLI package

TL;DR Composer was using an outdated PHP, while my server was running the latest. Need to get them to use the same PHP version. Instructions below.

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Server Configuration WordPress

Secure a WordPress site without using plugins — during your lunch break

Keeping a WordPress site secure is paramount. Without using plugins—we’re going DIY—here are ways to secure a WordPress site during your lunch break. The big, popular security plugins use many of these tactics and code, so why not implement them yourself? At least learn what they are. If nothing else, one less plugin running in the background frees resources, leading to faster site load times. Delete default admin user WordPress powers roughly 30% of the …

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Coding Software

10 Useful VS Code Extensions + Tips

Visual Studio Code is my editor of choice. Here’s a list of useful extensions and tips.