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Ryan Hellyer - WordPress ramblings

RIP John McCain

Published August 26th, 2018 under Editorial

Many years ago I was hired to help out with building parts of USA senator John McCain’s presidential website. We disagreed wildly on many political issues, but it was exciting working on his website. Since he never became president, his presidential website never saw the […]

Dynamically controlling CMB2 metaboxes

Published August 11th, 2018 under General

Demo code for how to implement dynamic metaboxes based on previous metabox values within the superuseful CMB2 metabox tool for WordPress.

Creating fake WordPress pages

Published August 2nd, 2018 under Misc

Sometimes you may need to create a fake page within WordPress, which doesn’t actually exist. You could make a real page, then add a shortcode into it for addition of dynamic content. But this could confuse the site owners, and it’s just generally a bit […]

Spam Annihilator

Published May 15th, 2018 under Uncategorized

Have you ever been a member of a Telegram, Whatsapp or Discord group and had to deal with annoying spam bots waltzing in and posting content? I have. It annoyed/annoys the heck out of me. When I created my own Discord group, I added a […]

Disable Gutenberg junk

Published April 13th, 2018 under Plugins

I’ve been playing around with the new Gutenberg plugin for WordPress. It’s direction is great and I really love it, but it has an annoying problem.

Foot in your ass!

Published March 27th, 2018 under Plugins

Whilst perusing the bitchy rants on WP Tavern, I came across an excellent recommendation from Samuel Wood (aka Otto) for an alternativeto the Hello Dolly plugin. It’s called “Hello Samuel L Jackson” and it loads some excellent philosophical words shared by a great poet.

10 years since my first WordPress plugin

Published February 9th, 2018 under News, Plugins

It is 10 years today since I released my first ever WordPress plugin. It’s been a blast, and I’ll probably release more in the future too. That first plugin was “Ryans Suckerfish WordPress Dropdown Menu”. It was in response to a blog post by Miriam […]

WooCommerce default number of products

Published August 8th, 2017 under Plugins

I recently needed to set the default number of products selected in WooCommerce to 1. I created a plugin to achieve this.

Simple 404 Logger

Published June 9th, 2017 under Plugins

When someone asks me to setup 404 logging in WordPress, I go on the hunt for a simple plugin which just does logging of the 404 errors and nothing else.

New plugin for editing bbPress author names

Published May 31st, 2017 under Plugins

I had a problem which involved editing bbPress post names. So I created a plugin to allow forum admins to easily change the author of any bbPress post.