This is nothing very exciting, and can be found all over the net, but thought I’d share a few code tweaks to hide or modify the WordPress Dashboard. Handy if you want to clean up and hide things for your users or clients. First removes the default Dashboard Widgets. I’ll post how to add your own custom Widgets in a later post. Just add the following code to your themes functions.php file, it works for both parent and child themes. Obviously you can choose to leave some out if you want to show some widgets. // remove dashboard widgets function remove_dashboard_meta() { remove_meta_box( ‘dashboard_incoming_links’, ‘dashboard’, ‘normal’ ); remove_meta_box( ‘dashboard_plugins’, ‘dashboard’, ‘normal’ ); remove_meta_box( ‘dashboard_primary’, ‘dashboard’, ‘normal’ ); remove_meta_box( ‘dashboard_secondary’, ‘dashboard’,[…]

I haven’t updated in ages, so thought it would be appropriate to add a little update about the upcoming WordPress WordCamp in sunny Bournemouth (weather forecast is rain!). The event spans two days and is all about WordPress — tickets and the latest schedule can be found at WordPress weekend in Bournemouth. Should be a fun weekend and looking forward to meting a few faces from WordCamp Portsmouth a couple of years ago.

Today I’m celebrating as my first free WordPress theme – Tumbled, has reached 200 downloads. Now 200 is not a massive amount, but it still amazes me when I see it being used. It was my first attempt at designing a public theme and seems to have worked surprisingly well. I have been meaning to update it since late last year, but never seemed to find the time. Now it has reached the 200 mark makes me want to do it as soon as possible, so stay tuned for an update soon. Tumbled is a single column, no nonsense theme loosely based on the popular Block style on Tumblr, and can be found/downloaded here Tumbled – A WordPress Theme.

A week ago I was receiving on average 10 spam comments a day. I had Akismet running and was more than happy that it was catching all the nasties for me. But while updating a few plugins I appear to have inadvertently turned Akismet off. I didn’t realised this until today when I received an email saying I had 1 comment awaiting moderation. I logged in to check it out, but soon realised it was only spam — strange I thought, why hadn’t Akismet caught it. Then I realised the Akismet Spam Tab was missing and then I realised I must have accidentally turned it off — but wait a minute I thought — why have I only received 1[…]

Ok, so this is the quick version of what happened. In the middle of moving house, I received an email from my hosting company saying my account was in violation of their Terms and Conditions. It took ten days to get connected to the net at my new house, and by then my host had suspended my account and nothing was working. Fortunately a good friend of mine allowed me to lug my iMac up to his house and use his internet for a day so I could sort out the mess – in short… I was using old versions of WordPress that had vulnerabilities. A very bad idea as these vulnerabilities were being abused by someone or something which[…]

This is my first WordPress theme I have made publicly available, and it’s not something I have had sitting around for ages either – I started it yesterday afternoon with the soul intention of making it purely for public release. So here goes, I would like to introduce you to Tumbled, a single column, no nonsense theme loosely based on the popular Block style on Tumblr. Yep, that’s right, you can now have that Tumblr look on your WordPress blog. I must warn that Tumbled is still a Beta, but rest assured I have tested it in Safari and Firefox on the Mac, and Internet Explore 6 and 7 plus Firefox on the PC. Everything seems to work fine, although[…]