Catch The WP Guru Podcast where Complex Stuff gets made extremely simple. These are audio versions of my screencasts on a variety of tech topics, such as WordPress, Dreamweaver, web based services and a lot of other super complicated stuff.
Last year, in September 2017, I ordered a RUIPU 24,000 mAh Solar Power Bank in preparation for Hurricane Irma here in Florida. I’ve had a whole year’s worth of experience with this gadget and decided to buy another one.
This thing rocks! Let me tell you all about it, and how to use it in this review.
In this episode I’m taking a look at two lapel microphones by ZAFFIRO. They’re both called “Lavalier Lapel Microphone”, and the description is more or less identical on both items – yet there are significant differences between these products.
I bought both of them back in March 2018, and given the sound quality and amount of accessories you get, for less than $20 each, these mics are good bargains for casual users. But no matter how detailed (or vague) their shop descriptions are, and no matter how hip the people in those pictures look, you can only really judge a microphone by what it sounds like.
In this review I’ll tell you all that I’ve learnt in my six months with the ZAFFIRO lapel mics.
In this episode I’m explaining the implications of the new default text editor in WordPress 5.0. It’s called Gutenberg, named after the man who invented the printing press (and hence revolutionised how printed books were duplicated and distributed at the time).
I’ll also show you how to test drive the Gutenberg editor in WordPress 4.9 and earlier, and how to bring back the Classic Editor if Gutenberg is not for you.
I’m not going into details on how to use the new editor, this is just an explanation what Gutenberg means, where the change will happen and how to remedy your WordPress instance if you feel lost with it (like I did when I first tested it last week).
In this screencast I’ll show you how to add images to your GitHub Readme files. You can use the Markdown or HTML syntax for this, I’ll show you both versions. Make sure to upload images to your own repository and provide the relative path to them.
Here’s the syntax:
In Markdown syntax, use the following example to embed an image:
GitHub also supported the HTML syntax, which uses the standard IMG tag. Pasting HTML code in a website is always a little tricky, but let me try:
Should you have spaces in your file names, you can replace them with %20, just like in standard HTML (like “file%20name”).
Now go and make those Readme.md files look handsome!
In this episode I’ll show you four ways of finding your YouTube Channel’s URL. I’ll also explain why there are three types of YouTube Channel URLs, and what the query parameters are that you can append.
Just in case watching videos isn’t your thing, or you’re in a hurry, I thought I’d include some written instructions as well 🙂
In this episode I’ll explain how to add a free SSL Certificate for web traffic in Plesk Onyx.
First we’ll enable the Let’s Encrypt extension in Plesk, then we’ll create the certificate and prepare our subscription for SSL traffic. And finally, we’ll tweak two values in the WordPress database so that all requests will be directed to https rather than http.
Note that Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificates can only be used to encrypt web traffic between your server and a client’s browser. They cannot currently be used to secure email or Plesk itself (but who knows what the future holds).
In this episode I’ll show you how to launch a Mac App from the Command Line, so that we can pass parameters. I’ll also explain how to wrap up such a command into your own app and add an icon to it, so that you can launch it from the dock with a single click.
This can be useful if you need to convince Google Chrome or any other app to launch with certain parameters and modify its behaviour somehow. In my example I’m using Blender, and I’m using a startup parameter to change its default render engine upon launch. The same principles apply to any app you need to launch with startup parameters.
The process is as follows:
find out the full path of the app you want to launch
try launching your app from the command line
now add parameters to the end of the launch command
create an Automator App
change its icon from from the generic Otto Icon to your desired app’s icon