How To Close Down A WordPress Website

There comes a point in every business, when it’s time to close down. I closed down a business website for a client today and figured I’d walk through how I did it, for people who’ve not done it before. It’s not as simple as just deleting the website and walking away. You want to leave

How To Fix "Another Update Is Currently In Progress" WordPress Error

From time to time, when I’m updating WordPress, I get hit with the error message “Another update is currently in progress”. This is caused by a line (possibly two) in the database that is supposed to stop clashing updates, but sometimes gets stuck. You could leave the site alone for 15 minutes and it will

How To Add Dynamic Pricing To Gravity Forms With Stripe

I often use a Gravity Form connected to Stripe to take payment for things like web design jobs. The problem is that the pricing on the form is static by default. I need the same information from every web design client, but the price will change based on the size or scope of the job.

How To Stop WordPress Partial Match Redirection

We had an unusual situation where we deleted a page and wanted to serve a 404 error page in its place. Instead, anyone who went to that URL was redirected to another page on the site. That hadn’t happened with any other URLs. Then it happened with another page we deleted. There were no redirect

How To Clean Up WordPress Head Code

WordPress does a lot of things for us automatically. However, because it tries to be all things to all people, there are a few bits of code in the header that I always take out. Reducing the code can speed up the site and make it easier for a developer to see what’s actually important

How to Find Code Using Inspect Element

One of the most useful tools for a web developer is the Inspect Element tool. It allows you to quickly jump to the important part of the code to see what’s going on there. It’s something I use probably more than any other tool. The best part is it allows you to see what’s going

How to Define the Upload Path in WordPress

Most of the time, you don’t have to worry about the upload path in WordPress. It’s just handled automatically with a fallback. A plugin on a site I was working on had a problem with wp_upload_dir(), which is supposed to fetch the location of the uploads. It resulted in the error you see in the

Google Analytics & Google Search Console: How To Give Access

When someone is helping you with your website, you might want to give them access to your Google Analytics and Google Search Console (formerly called “Google Webmaster Tools”). But you might have other websites in your account, or you might just want to give them access to view the data, but not change anything. In

How To Add Anchor Links In WordPress

Anchor links are a very useful part of web design. They let you improve the User Experience by directing users to a specific part of a page, rather than making them search for the information. They make it easier for you to write more comprehensive information and combine multiple small, related pages, without compromising the

How To Fix WordPress Quotation Marks

I was going through a previous post to check how to increase the memory limit on a WordPress install. When I copied the code, I realized there was a big problem: WordPress was automatically changing “straight quotes” into “smart quotes”. How to fix WordPress quotation marks: Go to functions.php and add this code: remove_filter(‘the_content’, ‘wptexturize’); making sure it’s in a