Radio Station Tutorial – Creating a tabbed programming schedule

Have you ever wanted your radio station’s programming grid to appear as a nice tabbed block instead of the default gigantic table? Well, today I’m going to show you how.

CakePHP… when WordPress isn’t quite customizable enough

These days, I work almost exclusively with WordPress. But there was a time not so very long ago that I shunned pre-built CMSes in favor of hand-coding (I was kind of a masochist back then…).

WordPress 3.7 and Automatic Updates

So, WordPress 3.7 has been released, and as of version 3.7, Wordpress now has an automatic core update feature. Awesome, right? Wordpress does all the updating for you, so all those pesky security patches get applied automagically.

Radio Station WordPress plugin is now translatable

Well, it took me awhile to figure out how to go about doing it, but I’ve finally managed to get the Radio Station plugin to the point that I can localize it.

Why I don’t sell my WordPress plugins

So a friend of mine asked me an interesting question to other day. They wanted to know why all of my WordPress plugins are free when I could be selling them, or at least selling a “pro” version of them. There are actually a few reasons for this.

Installing Ruby on Rails and Redmine with XAMPP on Windows 7

I like Xampp. It sets up a full Apache/MySQL/PHP development environment with very little hassle, which means it’s installed on just about every computer I use on a regular basis. I recently had a need to look into Ruby on Rails (specifically so that I could use the Redmine project management web app) and figured it would be easy to integrate it into my existing dev environment. It kind of… wasn’t.

Peeling an image off a white background

A lot of times, I need to remove the background from an image in Photoshop as part of a layout. Until recently, I was using Photoshop’s magic wand tool, which, as I’m sure anyone who’s familiar with Photoshop is aware, is kind of hit or miss. Sometimes the result looks great… other times you end up with jagged edges or halos around the image. As it turns out there’s a much cleaner (though more complex) way of doing this.

Nikki’s favorite development tools

Someone asked me recently what program I use to build websites. My answer? Several.

WordPress Plugin – QR Redirector

QR Redirector is an update to my old QR Code Redirect plugin. Unlike the old plugin, which relied on Google Charts API, this version is completely self-contained.

Facebook has stopped posting to Twitter

For the last few days, Twitter and Facebook users have been abuzz about linked accounts suddenly no longer linking. People have reported that, while tweets still post to Facebook, the reverse is no longer true… Facebook posts are not being tweeted, and haven’t been for several days now.

How to programmatically import media files to WordPress

On several occastions, I’ve been asked to create a custom import from one CMS to Wordpress. One of the biggest problems I have is moving images and not only keeping the file association but also generating the various image sizes used by Wordpress programatically rather than through Wordpress’ interface.

5 things to keep in mind when hiring a web developer

Businesses hire web developers because they need someone who knows how to get their name out there on the web. They hire us because we have technical knowledge that they don’t have available in-house, because they’re not comfortable taking on the task of building a website on their own, or because they simply don’t know […]

Nikki Blight – Web/PHP Developer