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How to fix vagrant error “tee: /etc/exports: Operation not permitted”

Also, how to fix “nfsd service does not appear to be running” This solution is for Mac users only – thanks CW. Short answer: Open “System Settings” Unlock padlock Select “Full Disk Access” Add “Terminal” (or whatever you use) Close padlock Restart Terminal (if open)

How to add WP’s customizer CSS into the classic editor

Recently, a newly acquired client needed the styling from the Customizer’s custom CSS to show in the classic editor (TinyMCE). In all my years of working with WordPress, this was the first time I’d had this request, so, knowing that you can inject styling into the TinyMCE editor, I set about finding a solution. There […]

How to reveal the footer from under the content, using position sticky

Once upon a time, a challenge like this, where you want to reveal a footer when the end of the content is reached, would have needed position: fixed|absolute and a bit of JavaScript to calculate the dynamic height of the footer, for responsiveness. Thankfully, we now have a much simpler solution, using sticky positioning. With […]

How to fix the PhpStorm error, “The IDE cannot create the directory”, in under a minute

On a couple of occasions, I’ve encountered a very annoying issue where PhpStorm will not open. Instead of opening it throws up the error message, “the IDE cannot create the directory.”, in a modal window. I’m using JetBrains’ Toolbox to manage their IDEs and on the whole it’s a great little app to navigate their […]

How to import and export all WordPress users using WP CLI

Like everything with WordPress, there’s usually a plugin to help, but we don’t need one to import users as WP CLI can do this. Here’s the simple process, starting with exporting the user from an existing WP database. We’ll refer to the source database as source-db and the target database as target-db and I’ll assume […]

The awesome Delicious Brains team acquire ACF & ACF Pro!

So, ACF, one of the best developer plugins of the last century, is now part of the Delicious Brains family. What does this mean for ACF, ACF Pro and the vast ACF client base? What are ACF and ACF Pro? Elliot Condon, the sole developer behind ACF to date, has made one of the most […]

How to create a Live Template in PHPStorm and WebStorm

Use Live Templates to create custom code snippets that you can quickly insert into your code by typing a custom abbreviation. This is extremely handy for commonly used code blocks, such as the echo statement in php or inserting a php block into html. In this example I’ll demonstrate how to create a php block […]

3 Ways to Improve PageSpeed by Moving jQuery to the Footer of a WordPress site.

Here’s how to improve your site’s rating on Google’s PageSpeed by moving render-blocking jQuery to the footer. If you’ve ever tried to improve a site’s performance on Google’s PageSpeed, you’ve probably seen that one of the “Opportunities” is to “Eliminate render-blocking resources”. These resources are typically CSS and JavaScript files. Usually, it’s not easy to […]