Category Archives: Podcast

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.

I have several other podcasts too, check them out here.

How to take pictures with Photo Booth on macOS

In this episode I’ll show you how to take pictures with built-in and external USB cameras using Photo Booth on macOS. Photo Booth is the equivalent of the Camera application in iOS.

I will also explain how to export your images, where they are stored on the hard disk, and what you can do if the built-in camera gives you an error message.

For Ivy-Jo.

Troubleshooting

As I’ve explained in the screencast, if Photo Booth or any other app is giving you grief about there camera “not being available”, you can try to reset the VDCAssistant process on macOS.

To do this, open the Terminal app, then type the following:

Provide your administrator password when prompted, and without a reboot, Photo Booth should be working as it should. Thanks to Turn It Off And On Again for this tip!

How to embed images in GitHub Readme Files

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

In Markdown syntax, use the following example to embed an image:

In HTML

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!

What is my YouTube Channel URL

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 🙂

Continue reading What is my YouTube Channel URL

How to turn off PayPal Notifications in the Facebook Messenger App on iOS

In this video I’ll show you how to switch off those super annoying PayPal notifications in the Facebook Messenger App in iOS on my iPhone 6s Plus. I’ve recorded this video on iOS 11 in March 2018.

How to fix the “Occasional White Screen of Death” Error in WordPress

In this video I’ll show you how to fix an odd phenomenon I’d like to call “The Occasional White Screen of Death”. Here’s what happened: Continue reading How to fix the “Occasional White Screen of Death” Error in WordPress

How to install a free SSL Certificate in Plesk Onyx

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).

Enjoy!

How to launch a Mac App with Command Line Parameters from the Dock

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
  • drag your new launcher app into the dock

I’ll explain all the gory details in this video.

Enjoy!

WordPress 111: Users, Roles and Capabilities

In this video I’ll show you the multi-user capabilities of WordPress: how to create new users, and what capabilities the different user roles have over your WordPress site.

This feature comes in handy if you collaborate with other users: each user can create posts, but such users can be restricted from deleting other people’s posts, or change the layout and functionality of the website.

You can watch the full course on one convenient YouTube Playlist.

Enjoy!

WordPress 110: URLs and Permalinks

In this episode I’ll explain how you can change the URLs for your posts and pages, as they appear in your web browser. By default, WordPress uses numeric links (such as domain.com?p=123) but those are not so easy on the eye.

We can change this to something like domain.com/awesome-post instead, and I’ll explain how to do it, as well as the implications of changing URLs retrospectively.

You can watch the full course on one convenient YouTube Playlist.

Enjoy!

WordPress 109: Mysteries of the MORE Tag

In this episode I’ll show you how the MORE tag works. It’s a “break mark” you can use so that longer posts don’t take up too much space on your front page. I’m also explaining a related feature called the NEXTPAGE tag with which you can break even longer posts into individual pages.

You can watch the full course on one convenient YouTube Playlist.

Enjoy!