New Communications Policy

In a move to increase working efficiency and effectiveness I am changing my communications policy and systems. My new office number is 02081 330 596. Please save this as my primary contact number. I am currently checking and responding to email and voicemail twice daily, at 12pm and 4pm. If you require urgent assistance (please ensure that […]

Internal Link Layout Issue

I recently came across an unusual problem when using internal links on a WordPress site. The link in question linked from one page on the site to a specific section on another page of the same site. When this link was followed there was an error with the page layout. More accurately, the new page […]

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Custom Post Type Archive Pages – WordPress

Need to show your custom post types on your category archive pages? Add this to your functions.php file: add_filter(‘pre_get_posts’, ‘query_post_type’); function query_post_type($query) { if(is_category() || is_tag()) { $post_type = get_query_var(‘post_type’); if($post_type) $post_type = $post_type; else $post_type = array(‘post’,’cpt’); // replace cpt to your custom post type $query->set(‘post_type’,$post_type); return $query; } } Now change the variable […]

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WordPress Custom Post Templates

Once you have built a Wordpres custom post, you will often want to style it using it’s own template. I searhed the web for a solution and courtesy of twothirdsdesign, if found the answer. The template used for a custom post view is decided by the ‘get_single_template()’ function in the wp-includes/theme.php file.  And it basically […]

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Cufon visited link color fix

I recently had an issue with the color of visited links when using Cufon. More specifically, I am using the WP-Cufon plugin with WordPress. The issue I had was that the color I set for the link wasn’t being rendered by Cufon. In firebug it showed that the element color was red, but it was showing […]

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Affordable Web Design

What does “affordable web design” mean? Affordable: something that can be afforded low-cost: that you have the financial means for; that can be afforded; believed to be within one’s financial means So, affordable web design means a web design that is within one’s financial means. Right? I think that what people normally mean by affordable is “cheap”. After all, how can anyone else know […]

Web Design East London

As a web designer living in East London I recently decided to take a look around at the local scene. A Google search for ‘web design east london’ returns lots of hits and as always the style and quality of the sites varies dramatically. Just for fun I’ve decided to rate the first five entries […]

Daily rate increase

I have decided that it is time to raise my daily rate from £110 to £140 (£17.50/hr). This is the first increase since I started Keith Devon Web Development. This rate applies only to private freelancing jobs. Sub-contract work will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis. The increase in rates reflects my improved and expanded […]

Shaun West website now online

I’m pleased to announce the launch of the new Shaun West website. Shaun contacted me in mid September about designing a new website. He already had a site but wanted a more professional look. He also wanted the site to be managed using WordPress. I set out a proposal and project timetable and we got […]

WordPress site for security specialist

I am pleased to announce that I have secured a contract to build the new website for a security and close protection specialist. The site will be based on WordPress, giving the client an easy way to edit and update content. I will be incorporating a blog section that will allow my client to write […]

Adding the excerpt function to WordPress pages

The excerpt function that is so useful in WordPress posts, does not come as standard on pages. Luckily, the fix is easy. Add the following code to your functions.php file and voila! Excerpts on wordpress pages. // add excerpts to pages function add_page_excerpt_meta_box() { add_meta_box( ‘postexcerpt’, __(‘Excerpt’), ‘post_excerpt_meta_box’, ‘page’, ‘normal’, ‘core’ ); } add_action( ‘admin_menu’, […]

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Sorting WordPress Posts Using Surnames

A client recently requested that their ‘Members’ page be sorted by surname and not first name. The lists were generated using the follwing code: <?php$cat_args = array( ‘sort_column’ => ‘post_title’, ‘order’ => ‘ASC’, ‘parent’ => 12); $categories =   get_categories($cat_args); foreach($categories as $category) { echo ‘<ul id=”member”><li><h3>’ . $category->name.'</h3></li>’; $post_args = array( ‘numberposts’ => 50, […]

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