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Hi, my name is Alex Mansfield. I've been building websites with WordPress for over a decade. This site documents many of the things I've learned over the years. If you're looking for something I haven't covered, feel free to send me a note with your questions!

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Linux Command Line: Find Files with Matching String

I know this is documented in various places around the web, but I’m tired of hunting it down whenever I need it. Often when working with websites and code, I need to locate any files that contain a particular string. This command searches a folder recursively and prints out the filename of any files that …

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Displaying Custom Post Types in a Custom Taxonomy Archive

The project I was working on today required a custom post type that included a custom taxonomy. Setting this up on the back end was simple. However, when I went to the front end, all the posts in the custom post type were missing from the custom taxonomy archive. Since it took me way too …

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Migrating WordPress Multisite to a Local Development Environment

This post is primarily a reminder to my future self. However, I don’t think I’m alone in this struggle. Migrating WordPress multisite can be quite a challenge, especially if you’re migrating from a live site to a local development environment. If you’re using http://localhost as your local development environment root with individual sites placed in …

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WordPress Audio: Add a Download Button to mediaelement.js

So I got a call this morning asking how to download an audio file that WordPress was presenting with medialement.js. As you might have noticed, since WordPress started providing an audio player there hasn’t been an easy way to allow audio files to be downloaded as well as played. This has bothered me for a …

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Setting Up Ubuntu/Linux Mint for Web Development

Every so often I switch computers or reinstall my OS and end up searching around the web for the exact steps to get everything working again. Today, as I set up my OS again, I figured I might as well document the process. Since Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, I think that these steps …

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Creating a Commercial WordPress Theme Review Site in One Week: Day 4

This is the fifth in a series of posts documenting the creation of Theme Friendly, a website dedicated to reviewing commercial WordPress themes. On day four, I built the search page. This was easily the most difficult part of the entire process. Let’s start with the screenshot. Day 4 Screenshot If you read my post …

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