WordPress 4.9

For the past few months I’ve been co-leading the WordPress 4.9 release with Mel Choyce (and Jeff Paul too). I’m really excited about all the new features and enhancements we’ve built which will now be rolling out across 29% of the Internet(!). WordPress 4.9 “Tipton” In particular I’m excited about the powerful new capabilities being added to the …

WordPress 4.8

We did a ton of work on widgets in the WordPress 4.8 release. Prior to this release there hadn’t been any new widgets introduced for a very long time. Now there are media widgets for images, video, and audio. Additionally, the Text widget finally gets the TinyMCE visual editor just like the post editor has …

Customizer Features for WordPress 4.3 Kickoff

Here are the features I have suggested/proposed during the WordPress 4.3 kickoff: Partial Refresh This greatly improves performance of previewing changes in the Customizer for non-postMessage transport settings (JS-applied changes) by just refreshing the area of the page that has been changed. As such it eliminates some of the need to do postMessage in the …

WordCamp Sydney talk: Customize all the things!

Today at WordCamp Sydney, I speak on The Customizer: The Customizer is one of the least known yet most powerful features of WordPress. We need to get past thinking of it as the “Theme Customizer” which only good for tweaking colors and a limited number of settings. No, the Customizer provides a framework for live-previewing any change …

Failures related to the WordPress APC Object Cache plugin

On a site for a newer X-Team client, APC was previously chosen as the object cache plugin. This has caused some headaches due to APC not being available while in CLI mode, rendering WP-CLI mostly broken: any commands which change parts of the database which get object-cached won’t appear until the cache gets invalidated, which may …

Easily turn any webcam image into video on an OS X Dashboard widget

I have a few webcams on my network which I can access via URLs like http://198.162.1.30:8080/cam.jpg. Here’s a handy little bookmarklet (pagelet?) which allows you to turn any such webcam URL into live video (here, 1 fps): data:text/html,<img src=”http://198.162.1.30:8080/shot.jpg” onload=”var img = this; setTimeout( function(){ img.src = img.src; }, 1000 )”> Paste this  data:  URL into …