herb miller
WordPress plugin specialist

Over 200,000 downloads of my plugins from wordpress.org

I’ve been sharing some of my plugins on WordPress.org for a while. The total number of downloads for plugins created by bobbingwide has now passed 200,000.

Let me tell you a little more about them. Continue reading

Problems with PHP 5.5.18, CURL, Windows 8 and WordPress bleeding edge

I recently upgraded my development environment to PHP 5.5.18 with Apache 2.4. Everything seemed to be working fine.

But when I tried to upgrade my bleeding edge WordPress environment to WordPress 4.1-beta2 it failed with.

Download failed.: There are no HTTP transports available which can complete the requested request. 

I spent some time analysing the problem and found it to be that I hadn’t enabled CURL. But when I did enable CURL, it still didn’t work.

Looking at the number of reports in Stack Overflow this seems to have been a fairly common problem, with a variety of workarounds, many of which don’t actually address the basic issue. Here’s my solution. Continue reading

Workaround and fix for Google Analytics by Yoast internal links becoming broken outbound-article-int

For a while now I’ve been seeing strange links appearing on my blog pages. They first appeared after upgrading Google Analytics by Yoast from version 4.3.5 to version 5. I had hoped that the problem would have been fixed by now. But I’m still getting it with version 5.1.2. Continue reading

Press Release: WordPress a2z – the Dynamic API Reference ( WP-a2z )

In this article I introduce WP-a2z: Dynamic API Reference for WordPress, plugins and themes.

I thought you might be interested in knowing about another solution to documenting the WordPress API reference.

I’ve been following the progress of developer.wordpress.org and WP-Parser with some interest as I’ve been working on a parallel project: WP-a2z – the Dynamic API Reference.

Now, on the eve of WCSF, and the upcoming Community Summit, I thought I’d write up some of my thoughts about what the complete API reference for WordPress should consist of.

I thought I knew the functionality required, but it wasn’t until I built my own API reference for the WordPress core that I discovered what I actually need.

I imagine there are quite a few developers who are looking for something truly amazing but haven’t yet stated their requirements.

If you’re one of them perhaps you’d care to take a look at WP-a2z.org and let me know if I’m on the right track. Continue reading

How to use the same WordPress code base for multiple local sites on Windows

In this blog post I show how to use Windows Symbolic Links when developing and testing a plugin to run on WordPress and WordPress Multisite using a single code base; mklink /J target-dir source-dir Continue reading

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Sorry if the input fields are too wide! You can partially blame Jetpack for creating the unwanted CSS and my plugin's use of a table to display the form.

/* table { table-layout: fixed; } */
.textwidget td input[type=text],
.textwidget td input[type=email],
.textwidget td textarea { width: 100%; }