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Blog like a confused hacker

For many, the concept of using WordPress as a static site generator would seem quite mental. Static Site Generators basically take a content management system’s content and combine it with a theme and generate static html pages. No dynamic content means they can be hosted more or less anywhere, consuming few resources to improve performance and, because they don’t require any specialist software, reducing the complexity of any stack. Imagine hosting your WordPress site entirely on Amazon s3 or Github, well you can but at a cost.


Structuring your next WordPress project

Setting up WordPress is famously easy! It takes only 5 minutes but it’s worth taking some time to look at the best way to structure your next WordPress project. Tim looks at his current preferred WordPress structure and discusses some of the rationale behind it. Continue Reading


Let me decide where I put my secrets

Many plugins call on 3rd party services when they do those services often provide some form of credentials and 9 times out of 10 those credentials get stored in wp-options table. Except I don’t want my security credentials in my database. Where you store you secrets can be deeply personal thing.

A common way to call credentials in plugin is something along the lines of

$api_key = get_option( 'mysecretkey' );
define( 'SECRETKEY', $api_key );

if you are going to do that, then try this instead

if ( ! defined( 'SECRETKEY' ) ) {
$api_key = get_option( 'mysecretkey' );
define( 'SECRETKEY', $api_key );
}

By checking if it’s already defined before pulling it from DB it allows me to add the API key in the wp-config.php and avoid putting it in my DB.

If you develop plugins that make use of third party services and storing API keys, then give your users the flexibility to store the keys where they want.


Hello, I’m back!

Welcome to TimNash.co.uk come sit down and find out what’s new and different about this incarnation of TimNash.co.uk Continue Reading


PayPal Identity services lift off!

It’s always the way. The one event you don’t go to and all the cool toys are announced. This year is the first time I didn’t make it to Innovate PayPal developer conference and they announced a huge pile of new stuff including an interesting ecommerce platform hybrid thingiemagik. However, what really interested me were […]