My top-5 free WordPress plugins for 2013

There are 28,029 plugins on the WordPress.org site at the time of writing, nearly double the 14,832 available when I first compiled this list two years ago. This is my current top five free* WordPress plugins. They cover a range of functions but have three things in common: they’re highly configurable; they work as advertised, and […]

Update intranet pages with KompoZer

I recently created a series of pages for a client’s intranet site. Any decent intranet CMS (content management system) will feature an intuitive editor to help create and maintain a page’s underlying HTML code. This is fine for straightforward text but my client wanted extra CSS styling and javascript effects, neither of which are available via […]

How to convert Word docs to clean HTML

If you convert a Word 2010 doc into an HTML web page by using ‘Save as > Web Page’, the resulting file will be filled with a lot of extraneous Word-specific code. It can be time consuming to strip this out to leave clean HTML code. It’s easy enough to do with a graphical editor such […]

Easy WordPress server name function

When developing the WordPress theme for this website, I found I was making copies of the URL of my local development server (i.e. http://192.168.0.101/officentral/) in the text of pages, posts, widgets, and in my theme’s functions.php file. This was bothersome for an obvious reason – all these URLs have to be updated before transferring to […]