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Author: gschoppe

If WordPress 5.0 broke your site, here’s how to fix it.

WordPress 5.0 is launching tomorrow, and the internet is likely to be flooded with searches for this question when many people update to WordPress 5.0. Some users will be unable to edit pages that they have made, and others will be unable to even access their edit screen. There may even be 500 errors or white screens for some users. These issues will mostly effect WordPress sites running older or unsupported themes or plugins, but may affect some brand-new sites as well.

The process for fixing these errors is well known among WordPress developers, but for the many people who use WordPress as a tool and not a livelihood, this can be a major issue, and there isn’t currently a clear source for information on remediating the issue.

So, in order to make things simpler for these users, I’ve compiled a simple set of steps to get your site back up and running: read more »

Cross-Browser Responsive Honeycomb Grid

As a developer who sometimes dabbles in designs, I can’t even begin to describe how sick I am of rectangles. Because of the limitations of CSS, almost everything in websites is wrapped in a rectangle that is wrapped in other rectangles. Even designs that incorporate circular images and content wrappers align them in rectangular grids. The css clip-path property will help somewhat, allowing rectangles to be masked into other shapes, but the fundamental grid remains rectangular. Until now. read more »

Are all WordPress Plugins and Themes Open Source? It’s not a simple answer.

Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on reddit telling users that they can do whatever they want with WordPress themes and plugins, and demand or pirate free copies of paid themes and plugins, because they’re all GPL licensed. Unfortunately, this isn’t the whole story. I figure it’s time to clear the air about how this all works.

Note: I am not a lawyer, and one of the most important things to take away from this article is that you shouldn’t make your own legal interpretations without the support of a lawyer, specializing in intellectual property law. read more »

Add a Translate Button to WeGlot Pages

Recently, I started using the WeGlot WordPress plugin to translate a client’s site. I’ve been happy with the service so far, but it was frustrating to continually need to switch back and forth between the WordPress dashboard, and the WeGlot dashboard, just to populate content. To make things easier, I added a button to the WordPress admin bar, that links to the WeGlot visual editor for the current page being viewed. I’ve found this makes client training much simpler. read more »