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Nice and easy AJAX for WordPress

February 26, 2017 by Neil Sayers

So in this post I am going to describe the basics of creating a nice easy AJAX modal window in a WordPress site. When I first started playing around with AJAX I found it quite difficult to achieve something that sounded like it should have been relatively simple: I just wanted to load some content […]

Essential WordPress plugins list

February 6, 2017 by Neil Sayers

I like to keep third-party plugins to a minimum on sites that I build. I guess this all started when I first began using WordPress and believed that lots of plugins would slow my sites down. I then read that this is actually not such an issue and badly coded plugins are the problem. From personal experience, I would […]

Top 8 free stock photo websites

February 4, 2017 by Collette Parnell

As a content editor, I have spent many hours searching for free images to jazz up blog posts, accentuate tweets and illustrate news articles. It can be a challenge to a) find an image that’s not really cheesy and b) find one that is royalty free and can be used for commercial purposes. Hint: if […]

Fun in the snow!

January 30, 2017 by Neil Sayers

Warning! Not a work related post! So I went for my annual trip to les Alps last week and managed to come away pretty much unscathed yet again… I don’t really know how I do it because I have had my fair share of close calls. Anyway we stayed with Green Rides, who are one […]

Getting started with Sage 9 – Part 1

January 14, 2017 by Neil Sayers

I have been using Sage 8 for a little while now to power some of my WordPress projects. I really liked the Gulp and Bower aspects and, while it took a bit of fiddling around to get a nice base theme for my projects, it was worth it in the long run. Now that the […]

Jazz up your Google Maps

October 9, 2016 by Neil Sayers

Sometimes a handy little web app will come along which is useful and fun to use. Well, maybe fun for a map-geek like me. This is one of my faves right now. Yeah, it’s probably been knocking about for a while, but it’s new(ish) for me. It’s called Snazzy Maps. We’ve all had those web […]

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