Why a free plugin may not be the bargain it seems

Why a free plugin may not be the bargain it seems

Recently an issue became apparent on a client’s e-commerce website that was pointed out by a customer. The plugin was designed to give a variable discount based on the volume of products purchased: buying 5 of the products should give a 20% discount, buying 10...
Caught out again (by WordPress)

Caught out again (by WordPress)

I’m writing this as a reminder to myself as well as a warning to others. I have experienced a few occasions when updating WordPress, components of WordPress or server software has had undesirable side effects. (Check out “Why I hate WordPress – a cautionary...
Why is my WordPress site suddenly really slow?

Why is my WordPress site suddenly really slow?

A couple of days ago I noticed a site I was working on was being really slow. It wasn’t just the public facing pages, but the WordPress dashboard too. I hadn’t made any significant changes to the site, so I assumed it was a temporary hosting issue and expected...
Why I hate WordPress – a cautionary tale

Why I hate WordPress – a cautionary tale

OK I don’t hate WordPress, but I certainly wasn’t a fan the other day. I had just taken on a new project, it was an existing site that had a few issues that needed to be sorted out. I was taking a look around WordPress and getting familiar with the site....
My favourite WordPress plugins

My favourite WordPress plugins

It’s the last day of the month, so here it is: May’s blog post! One day I’ll post something before the last day of the month and surprise you. Following on from my previous post on my top essential WordPress plugins here are my favourite...
My top essential WordPress plugins

My top essential WordPress plugins

I thought it would be useful to write a post that details my top essential WordPress plugins. These are the plugins that I use on pretty much every WordPress site I create. They are not listed in any particular order. In each case I am describing the free version of...
The Importance of Backups in WordPress

The Importance of Backups in WordPress

I’m sure you backup your website, right? Even if the answer is “yes” it’s probably worth spending a bit of time thinking about how you do it, how often you do it and whether the process needs to be improved. Of course it’s not just...