• [SOLVED] Jetpack Comments social login icons not showing on WordPress websites in Safari

    I had been leaving comments on other WordPress websites. Some sites showed the social icons and others didn’t. I couldn’t seem to find a solution for Safari so I was filling in the three fields every time I wanted to leave a comment and I noticed in the WordPress app that those comments and replies […]

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  • Use WordPress REST API to pull posts into React Native and stylize the HTML tags

    Before I upgraded my React Native version to the latest, the react-native-render-html node module was working fine. After upgrading node.js, React Native, and Expo to the latest, it threw errors. At first I thought WordPress was the problem and I tried to solve it by coding a WordPress plugin to strip the HTML tags from […]

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  • Update to PHP 8.0 on Ubuntu 20.04 on Digital Ocean for WordPress

    I followed my previous tutorial until I had to use these additional commands to continue. There was a DOS installation that I chose the default/recommended answers wherever I was in doubt and I chose to keep my original configuration on one of the DOS pages. The packages below I found by using the commands in […]

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  • Work-life balance

    I’m so grateful for the work that I’ve been doing for the last few weeks. It has been a wonderful project that has kept me…

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  • WordPress Option Page/ Settings API and Meta Boxes

    I spent several hours on a new project and kept hitting walls…

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  • Update to PHP 7.4 on Ubuntu 18.04 on Digital Ocean for WordPress

    I kept seeing a notice on WordPress Site Health about PHP needing an update. On Ubuntu, it was showing 7.4 as the PHP version but not in WordPress.

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  • Recovering from WordPress 5.5 crash

    Backups are so important even if…

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  • Lost interests

    I was reading a short post on a friend’s site and he mentioned “lost hobbies.” Here’s my compilation of…

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  • How to Add Social Icons to a WordPress Menu with CSS and Flex

    There are a few WordPress plugins available for doing this but I wanted to create a custom menu with custom icons for the custom theme I am building and also didn’t want to have one more plugin on the website. First create and name your social menu as Follow Us and add each social name […]

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  • Hardening WordPress Security on a DigitalOcean Ubuntu Server Droplet

    This is my third entry in my WordPress security series. The $ in the code blocks represents the command line prompt. Ctrl+C will clear page logs when they hide the command line prompt. Use arrow keys in nano editor to move through file. Ubuntu 18.04 LTS at the time of this writing. Update all installed […]

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  • Conducive

    May 19, 2018 is the date that I moved from WordPress to Jekyll. And it’s been a good learning experience. There’s one more platform that I feel comfortable with and it’s a good replacement for simple websites that don’t need comments or lots of updates. Jekyll is flexible, so much function can be easily built […]

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  • My Gutenberg Experience on macOS

    I’ve seen so many posts on the pros and cons of Gutenberg thanks to Khürt Williams sharing links with me on email and in his blog. Thankfully, my blog is using Jekyll and I’ve set it up where it just works for well for my needs. I have at least two websites using Gutenberg, one […]

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  • WordPress Installation Security

    If you haven’t read my first post in this series, The Basics of WordPress Security, read it now then come back here. The second line of defense is your installation of WordPress. I’ll get into the nitty-gritty of the installation in this post. You all know about those easy-to-use install services on your hosting platform […]

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  • The Basics of WordPress Security

    The basics of WordPress security begins with your hosting platform. I use HostGator. Use a non-shared hosting plan. If you can afford the bill, sign up for Managed WordPress or VPS account. If you’re the WordPress designer and you can’t afford those hefty prices and you like to learn everything you can about WordPress (even […]

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  • Web Design Tools and Methods for WordPress

    HTML/CSS and some manipulation of PHP and jQuery are the “languages” that I use to design WordPress themes. When I started as a theme designer, I tried Adobe Dreamweaver in CS4 but it was just uncomfortable so then after trying several editors, I got a good discount on Panic’s Coda and I haven’t moved away […]

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  • Recovering from a malware attack

    This is my first encounter in over 10 years of doing web design. There was a large site that started showing up in the Google search results with a subtitle showing “This site may harm your computer.” It was interesting to read up on the many forums and blogs giving advice to clean it. It […]

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