Dougal Campbell's geek ramblings

WordPress, web development, and world domination.

Blog Archives A New Resource for WordPress Developers

If you spend any time coding plugins or themes for WordPress, you know the value of a good reference for WordPress API functions. That’s why you should go take a look at QueryPosts right now, and bookmark it. At the time of this writing, you can lookup all┬ámost (for now) functions in the WordPress core, or you can browse by just the new functions introduced in WordPress 3.3 (I’m sure that this will update when … Continue reading

How I backup my database

I run several WordPress sites on my servers, including this blog, which has content going back over 10 years. While I’m not too worried about backing up all the files (I can always install a fresh copy of WordPress on a new server and be up and running quickly, sans old images and such), my content is quite precious to me. For a long time, I ran a nightly perl script which dumped my databases … Continue reading

Review: WordPress 3 Plugin Development Essentials

I recently received a copy of WordPress 3 Plugin Development Essentials from Packt Publishing. This book was authored by Brian Bondari and Everett Griffiths, who run the site together. I also noted that one of the technical editors was Paul Thewlis, who wrote WordPress for Business Bloggers, which I reviewed here previously. I’m always eager to check out new programming books that come my way, and that’s especially true for books that cover WordPress … Continue reading

New Theme (in progress)

Welcome to my new theme. It’s not done yet, but I’m making it available so that others can help me improve it. Read more about the details to learn what features it includes, what remains to be done, and how you can help, if you’re so inclined. Continue reading

Competitors “Taking Aim”

Open source CMS projects like WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla! provide web publishing tools that give users the freedom to modify the system and own their data in ways that proprietary systems don’t offer. BC Gurus, a consultancy specializing in Adobe’s Business Catalyst (a hosted turnkey web publishing product), “took aim” at Open Source CMS’s, kicking off a proposed series of articles with a video showing two BC Gurus people at a firing range, using WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla! logos as targets. The communities for these projects were, understandably, not happy about it. Continue reading

Snowpocalypse 2011

Atlanta’s first snow of 2011, and the second of the season, since we had a White Christmas.