Parse a YouTube RSS feed with my PHP package

Posted on 27th April 2017

Including social media feeds on websites is common these days - sometimes via embedded widgets or some via a more "integrated" approach. To help with including a feed for a YouTube channel on websites, I've…

WordPress 404 Error with Advanced Custom Fields Plugin

Posted on 22nd February 2017

Recently whilst working on a WordPress website for a client, I came across a problem. The site made use of the Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) Pro plugin - which lets you easily define custom fields…

Laravel 5.2 Authentication Custom User Providers

Posted on 12th March 2016

Introduction If you haven't heard of Laravel before, check it out - it's a modern PHP framework that makes it a breeze to develop web applications. As part of Laravel, it includes an Authentication service…

WordPress With Load Balancer SSL Termination

Posted on 26th February 2016

If attempt to run WordPress in a load balanced environment with SSL terminated on the load balancer(s), you may find requests to your site get stuck in a redirect loop. This is due to WordPress…

Forwarded SSL with the PHP Happyr LinkedIn API client

Posted on 31st January 2016

Sometimes when working with a library you hit a problem that isn't covered in the documentation and you need to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in to find solve the issue. I had…

Discovering Myanmar – My 2 Week Solo Travel Adventure

Posted on 14th December 2015

Having never travelled solo and never visited a country that has a totally different culture to that here in the UK, I decided to throw myself in the at deep end and booked myself two…

New camera at Bournemouth Wheels Festival 2015

Posted on 12th June 2015

Following the success of the Air Festival which is held towards the end of the summer, Bournemouth also has the Wheels Festival - which was back for it's second year at the start of the…

Working with WordPress & GIT

Posted on 14th August 2014

Every developer has their own way of dealing with the beast that is WordPress whilst trying to follow good development practices. It's always best to avoid 'Cowboy Coding'; aka hacking code on the live server. With the…

An introduction to website loading time optimisation

Posted on 23rd July 2014

Introduction Nobody likes a slow website - with the fast-paced world we live in, users don't have time to sit and wait for your website to load. The average size of a web page from…

Ditch FTP and deploy your PHP website with Capistrano

Posted on 30th July 2013

Introduction The way developers deploy code to web servers is changing. Gone are the days of remembering which files you've changed and manually dragging and dropping files around an FTP client. This deployment method is…

Setup a Postfix (outgoing mail) server for PHP on Ubuntu

Posted on 19th February 2013

Almost two years have passed since my last blog post, so I thought something nice and techy would be good to get started with again. I'm new to managing my own server, I've always left…

Heart & Sole Web Conference

Posted on 30th January 2011

On Friday night I headed over to Portsmouth straight from work to attend my first web conference / meet-up style event. I was a little unsure of what to expect from the night because a)…

BBC Radio 1 – Access All Areas

Posted on 4th November 2010

Monday was the start of the BBC Radio 1 Access All Areas week - where they give the listeners to see what goes on behind the scenes at Radio 1. They've held interviews and live…

300ft bungee jump in Bray, Windsor

Posted on 28th October 2010

Last Friday (22nd October) I headed up to Bray (near Windsor) to do my first ever bungee jump with a few other friends. This wasn't just any bungee jump, at 300ft, this was the highest bungee…

Testing in Internet Explorer

Posted on 3rd July 2010

Internet Explorer. You either love it or hate it. If your a web developer like myself, the chances you are to hate it. With three different versions currently in use (that all render pages slightly…