Chris Walton

Archive for the ‘Web Development’ Category

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Fancy a Custom WordPress Login Page? Heres How

Custom login pages can give website owners the opportunity to make brand their website for employees especially for larger multi-user sites like news outlets.

Sure you can install a module like the Custom Login Page Customizer but if you have a little CSS know-how why not do it yourself?

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Adding Featured Image Support to a WordPress Page

Ever wanted to be able to add a Featured Image to not just your WordPress posts but you’re pages? You can easily extend your theme by adding a single line to your functions.php file.

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Changing a Local Git Repo Origin

There are many options out there for keeping track of your project updates, release versions and storing your code. Be it through Github, Bitbucket or a number of other services and from time to time you may decide you need to move a repository from one service to another. If you are anything like me you could have two dozen websites installed locally which you need to do work with on a regular basis so won’t want to go through setting up websites again (nightmare).

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

I really need to do something about this website

As we go into a New Year there is one thing on my mind right now, I really need to do something about this website…

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

Working with GIT Tags (the basics)

If you are working with Git to keep track of project changes you then using tags is key to be able to keep track of your release versions amongst your commits (i.e. version 1.0, 2.0, 2.1 etc).

Now you can use a Git GUI like Gitkraken to manage this easily however I think it is important to also know how to do it through Command Line.

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Magento, add your own body class through XML injection

Adding a custom body class to a Magento page is accomplished pretty easily through XML, now this can be done through your site themes XML files for global changes or within the CMS which would be the easiest way to target a specific CMS, Category or Product page.

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Updating a Magento Custom Category Attribute to have a WYSIWYG editor

So you have created yourself a new text area attribute using something like the the Gauss method, and now you want to use a WYSIWIG editor to make updating your attribute easier…

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Symbolic links…

Sometimes you may want to move a file or directory out of your main website structure, this could be for a number of different reasons but a common one would be to prevent files being lost (for example your sites media/uploads directory) in a site upgrade.

This can be accomplished by creating a symbolic link, also known as a symlink, between the location you want your directory to be stored and the spot where it should be.

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Working with MAMP and Terminal, import and delete a local database

Command line, its a scary prospect and not something many of us have gone near since our University days, but its a good knowledge set to learn or refresh on when spending time building and maintaining websites…

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Updating an Order Status in the Magento Database

No matter how good your system is sometimes things go wrong and you have to go into the database to make things right.

Magento is no exception, be it an issue with a module install/upgrade or an order which hasn’t progressed for any number of reasons… Luckily changing a Magento order status is pretty easy a task.