Fake News: Learning the lessons of 2016

In many ways 2017 has been a year where little “original” news events have happened, but rather where we have been living through the aftermath of 2016.  Whether that be because of Brexit on this side of the pond, or the Buffoon-in-Chief on the other, we’re still wading through the repercussions of what voters have destined for us last year.   One of the main problems we’re still grappling with is that of online “fake news”, which we now know helped drive both the Brexit — Read more →

Turing Fest 2017 Wrap-up

I was delighted to attend Turing Fest in Edinburgh on Thursday with some colleagues, and it was a great event that brought some of the best and brightest in the digital world together. Throughout the day, there was a range of speakers giving 30-minute talks on their area of expertise, with two different “tracks” (stages) for marketing and tech-related content. It was fascinating to get some expert insight into the state of the web today, and how best to move forward in producing websites, content — Read more →

WPJM Job Schema Plugin for WordPress

Schema.org markup is the future of the crawlable web, as search engines grow more and more favourable to easily parsed code that make their job easier. This new structured data is behind a lot of the new “smarter” search results that you’ll find in Google – whether it be from flight info to menus.  The chances are the reason those flights, and those menus, appear to you is because that site has good structured data. Google is now turning it’s focus towards jobs, and they’ve — Read more →

Fixing Word formatting errors in Notepad++ and Brackets

Microsoft Word is still the best word processor out there, and because of this it’s got a wide range of interoperability with other programmes that deal with text. The problem is that sometimes this interoperability doesn’t work universally, and some of the things that Word does to make your document seem prettier – like automatically formatting characters – ends up being a problem. I use Notepad++ a lot for small bits of plain text or code, and Brackets for larger projects, and sometimes this code — Read more →

Ninja Forms 3 Password Field

UPDATE 7/4/17 – Since version 3.0.31, password fields have been available again in Ninja Forms.  When adding fields, type in password in the search/filter bar on the top right to find the fields and add them to the form.  If you are using an up-to-date version of Ninja Forms, you should use the built-in password field and not use my solution below. Ninja Forms 3 doesn’t come built in with a password field, which makes things like user registration with Ninja Forms, a bit less user-friendly. Luckily with — Read more →