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Preventing Widows with Vanilla Javascript

September 2, 2019

What is a Widow? When referring to text on a website, a “widow” refers to the final word of a heading or paragraph that wraps to its own line. Like this: To prevent this from happening, we can use the HTML entity for non-breaking spaces between the last two words: A non-breaking space prevents the […]

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Overcoming the “Cross-Origin Request Blocked” error in PHP

June 12, 2019

I was making an AJAX call and was getting a “Cross-Origin Request Blocked” error. It wasn’t clear where this error was originating, so I did a little research and here’s what I came up with. When the server determines that the script making the AJAX request is on a different domain, depending on the server […]

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Resize Google reCAPTCHA with CSS

April 12, 2019

Google’s reCAPTCHA can easily overflow it’s parent at small screen sizes. Let’s fix that. Since the reCAPTCHA sits inside an iframe, we can’t target its individual elements with CSS. We can limit the iframe’s width, but that simply hides any part of the iframe that doesn’t fit within our new width. The code below reduces […]

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jQuery Code Wrapper for WordPress

March 18, 2019

When WordPress loads jQuery, it doesn’t provide access to the $ function. Since I’m typically wrapping my code in a .ready() function, here’s the code to get access to the $ function at the same time: This code is posted all over the internet, but it always takes me some time to find it each […]

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Linux Command Line: Find Files with Matching String

November 30, 2016

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

August 12, 2016

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

June 4, 2016

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

January 29, 2015

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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