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July 3, 2021
How to use Pods fields in WordPress Templates

I am currently working on a website for a client and for the first time, I have been working with Pods. Usually I use Advanced Custom Fields, and to be honest if the choice was mine, I would continue to use them, but sometimes thats the way things are with clients… The good news is… View Article

August 4, 2020
How to undo your last GIT commit and preserve your changes

Recently I got into a pickle with GIT. I pushed to my development branch which is protected. I had forgotten to check out a branch off of devevelopment in order to be able to push to the repo later for merging. The problem however was that all my changes had now been moved into a… View Article

April 16, 2020
Disable gesture based browsing in Google Chrome (Macbook)

Have you ever accidentally swiped left or right on your trackpad and found that it takes you back or forward in your Chrome browsing history? Its annoying and too easy to do. You could lose vital data if for example you are filling out a form. Its happened to me in the past! On mac… View Article

February 21, 2020
How to rename a local git branch

Sometimes its useful to be able to rename the local branch that you are working on in Git. The good news is, using the command line its straight forward. All you need to use is the following command: git branch -m old-branch-name new-branch-name type git branch and you will now see that the old name… View Article

February 17, 2020
Turn a string into a number using JavaScript

Like most things in JavaScript, a string can be turned into a number in lots of different ways. However, there is one way which is particularly easy to implement. Simply place a ‘+’ before your variable to convert it to an integer. const number = ‘123’ const convertedNumber = +number If you don’t believe me… View Article

February 12, 2020
Shorthand Ternary Operators in Vanilla JavaScript

In a recent project I’ve been working on, I found writing out Ternary operators very tiring, especially after doing around 50 – 100 of them when checking data from an API. They looked something along the lines of this: (if this exists, print this, or print something else) ${person.PERSON_NAME ? person.PERSON_NAME : ‘There is no… View Article

December 2, 2019
Format a USB Drive/Stick on Mac

Formatting a USB stick on a Macbook /OS is straight forward. These are the steps that you need to take: Plug in your usb stick / drive Open Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility Find your drive listed on the left hand side and click it Click ‘Erase’ near the top center of the screen… View Article

May 11, 2019
Looking for new web design clients in Chester

If you are an individual, small business or start-up based in Chester or Cheshire I can help you get a professional website online on a limited budget. I specialise in working with clients that don’t have thousands of pounds to spend on putting a website together and thanks to my position as a freelance web… View Article

March 28, 2019
Should you become a freelance web designer?

In the past few years I’ve had quite a few people ask me what its like to be a freelance web designer and if they should follow suit and try it for themselves. Its an interesting question and I feel that a lot of people think being freelance is a ‘scary’ notion, however being your… View Article

March 12, 2019
Essential Tools for Freelance Web Designers

Becoming a freelance web designer is quite an easy thing to do on paper. All you need is a small client base and a few tools and you are on your way. From my experience there are a few key things that you need in order to maintain a professional and stress-free existence. Here they… View Article

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