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Why You Should Never Have an ‘Admin’ User Account in WordPress

Why You Should Never Have an ‘Admin’ User Account in WordPress

13th February 2015

If you set up a WordPress installation with ‘admin’ as the default administrator username you’re opening up an easily exploited security hole. If your site is subjected to a brute force attack, you’re playing right into the hands of the attacker. A brute force attack is password guessing and it’s very common. An attacker will try various…

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How to: Record a Simple Photoshop Action

11th November 2014

In this brief tutorial I look at how to record and run a simple Photoshop Action. I’m using Photoshop CS6 Extended for Mac.

How to: Replace Absolute URLs in WordPress Posts Using PHPMyAdmin

30th October 2014

If you’ve moved your WordPress website from one domain to another, one of the associated headaches is changing all of the absolute file paths in your posts and pages. If you’ve inserted an image or a link to another page, they’ll all now be incorrect. One way to fix the problem is to go through…

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How to: Use Custom Shapes and Text as a Clipping Mask in Photoshop

23rd October 2014

In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to use a really simple technique to create some great looking effects that appear a lot more impressive than they really are. Using custom shapes and text we’re going to create clipping masks which effectively constrain our image to the shape we’ve created.

How to: Create a Stitched Fabric Effect in Photoshop

10th October 2014

In this tutorial I’m looking at the basics of how you can use custom shapes and the text tool to create a realistic looking stitching effect. I start with a circle and apply a pattern overlay to make it look like a piece of denim. Then I create a second smaller circle inside which will…

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How to: Create Your First Business Website With WordPress

How to: Create Your First Business Website With WordPress

3rd October 2014

If you’re setting up a new business and money is tight, this article is for you. I’m going to go over how to set up a simple brochure style business website using WordPress with only the cost of a domain name and web hosting to fork out for. I’ve chosen WordPress, which is a content management…

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How to: Cut Out Images in Photoshop Using the Pen Tool

28th September 2014

Looking for help cutting out images from photos so that they could be pasted into different scenes? There are many ways of doing this, including using the magic wand tool, although many work well only where there’s a plain background. My suggestion involves using the pen tool to create a path around the image, converting…

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The Importance of Permalinks

The Importance of Permalinks

11th July 2014

This is just a quick piece, written off the back of an assessment I did earlier in the week of someone’s current WordPress setup. One of the points I made was to do with permalinks, which are the permanent URLs to your posts. When you first set up your WordPress website, the default format of…

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WordPress 3.9: Setting Image Crop Positions

17th April 2014

Of all the improvements to existing WordPress functionality in the latest core update (3.9) there was one that caught my eye – the ability to set image crop positions. By default thumbnails crop center both horizontally and vertically, which means that if you upload a portrait and it crops square the head gets cut clean…

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Jo is a very rare person. She has the technical know how to build you a beautiful website in the blink of an eye, but more importantly, (unlike most techie types), she can explain everything about the process in simple layman’s terms. As a result, the process of designing and managing your website is completely stress free. Her charges are very reasonable too. Thank you, Jo.

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