Troubleshooting the White Screen of Death in WordPress

One question that I see asked a lot in the WordPress Support Forums is what to do when their website simply displays a white screen. This most likely represents a PHP fatal error that stops the server from generating the HTML for the browser to display. How to Find the Problem When PHP has a […]

Dynamically Overriding a Page’s Template

It is easy to override the template for a post or page in WordPress in a few ways. For example, the naming of page template files can be used to override a single page’s template: page-{id}.php page-{slug}.php Or, a page template can be chosen in the Page Attributes section when editing a page: This works great […]

Quick WordPress Tip – Upload to a Post Without Switching Tabs

Upload files tab in WordPress

Here is a quick tip for WordPress users out there. When you are adding, say, a Featured Image to a post, you are brought to the Media Library window that includes an “Upload Files” tab. This might lead you to believe that you need to switch to that tab in order to upload a new […]

Using MailCatcher for local mail testing

When developing web applications on your local machine, you will often want to test e-mails. For the longest time, I would use an environmental switch in PHP depending on the domain (for example, I would set different values if the domain was stirrell.second-cup-of-coffee or www.second-cup-of-coffee.com) and include values for email addresses. I had my local […]