Chrome Extensions I Couldn’t Live Without as a Web Developer

Often I find myself recommending Chrome extensions to people so here’s my full list of favorite extensions.

From ad blocking, utility and web development there is a bit of everything on my favorites. – Read More –

Apple Watch Impressions After a Couple Months

I can sum up my experience with the Apple Watch very simply. Overall the Apple Watch is 5% functionality and 95% vanity/status. Almost all of the 3rd party apps are worthless making the core timekeeping functionality the high point.

I can breakdown how I use this device into 3 sections; the watchface, notifications, and fitness tracking. Originally I was concerned with the battery life but it’s never died during daily use.

There are 2 sizes of Apple Watch available; 38mm and 42mm. I got the 42mm and it still feels extremely small, in a good way.

Apple Watch Face

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Disable Emoji Support in WordPress (4.2+)

Over the week I had a client’s WordPress crashing in iOS Safari after upgrading to WP 4.2.

I performed javascript debugging and realized the wp-emoji-release.min.js file was using a high amount of memory and cpu.

The WordPress emoji javascript file runs a regex on the entire page causing the browser to crash on mobile (due to lack of memory on mobile devices).

So if you’re not using emoji on your WordPress site you should disable it to speed up your site. Here are a few solutions to disable emoji in WordPress. – Read More –

3 Tips to Jumpstart Your Next WordPress Site

Over my many years of using WordPress I’ve learned some expert tips to give your site a jumpstart.

These are especially helpful for sites with small budgets and just want to get their content online.

1. Host Your Site on a Kickass Server

You can waste loads of time optimizing and securing your WordPress site. Well now there are web hosts specifically designed for WordPress and I’ve found them well worth the extra monthly cost.

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5 Reasons You Should Be Using WordPress

1. WordPress Saves Time and Money

The huge amount of free and paid plugins and themes is enough of a reason to use WordPress. Plugins can handle many website details such as performance, security, design, and SEO which is a huge head start. With most elements handled for relatively cheap/free you can focus on what’s important, your website’s content. – Read More –

How to Control Your Apple TV with Your Mac

Ever since getting an Apple TV I’ve been using the remote app on my iPhone which I highly recommend. But if you’re lazy like me sometimes you just want to be able to use your Macbook to control your Apple TV. – Read More –

Dropcam Pro Review

Ever since I’ve had a few car break ins near my house I decided to pick up some security cameras. I originally had a Foscam using Sensr and wasn’t impressed at all, plus I couldn’t find any services that allowed me to view my camera as a DVR. Well Dropcam Pro exceeded all of my expectations for a home monitoring solution. – Read More –

How to Use Internet Explorer on Mac for Free

As a web designer or developer you’ll find yourself needing to test in multiple browsers. The lack of Internet Explorer on Mac is apparent when most clients notice issues in IE.Well Microsoft created this awesome site Modern.ie for everything needed to test in IE. I figured most people should know this since I was unaware so here’s a quick step by step guide. – Read More –

Add a Super Admin to a WordPress Network

Recently I was stuck with phpMyAdmin access but no WordPress Super Admin access in a WordPress network install. Figured I’d make a quick post on how to add a user as a Super Admin with phpMyAdmin or WordPress functions. For those who don’t know the WordPress Super Admin in a network install gets to use the network admin page which is useful for managing blogs, plugins, and themes. – Read More –