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6 min read Rhys Wynne
Tutorials | winwar.co.uk | Feb. 6, 2019

How To: Include Custom Fields in WordPress Permalinks

A guide on how to include custom fields in WordPress Permalinks, useful for post types that have structurally similar content.

How To: Include Custom Fields in WordPress Permalinks

Tutorials | winwar.co.uk | Feb. 6, 2019

Take a look at the WordPress Talks section of my site. On that section I generally list all the public talks I’ve done. Some have videos, some just have a slide and a brief introduction. I use this to remember what I’ve said and where. It isn’t wholly complete – a few talks have been missed off, but overall it’s a good record of my talks. However, you may notice I do tend to repeat talks. That’s fine – contrary to WordPress guidelines, I’ve no problem giving the same talk in a few locations. Even so, I do try and update the presentation occasionally with new information, or when a new question comes to light.
This can lead to a problem, as sometimes the URL structure is not exactly the best – often the title doesn’t change and having [talk-name]-2/3/4/5 as a talk isn’t too great. I’m not expecting a huge SEO boost, but my theory is that with the meetup location in the title as well as the date, I may attract a few people searching for the talk and long tail searches for the date/location. That’s the plan anyway.
Adding it to the URL is a quick and easy process. However, I’d like to make it even quicker

3 min read Rhys Wynne
Tutorials | winwar.co.uk | Feb. 20, 2019

How To: Include Custom Fields in Post Titles & Descriptions in Yoast Automatically

Part of the reason I'm a huge fan of Yoast's Software is it's ability to somewhat automate SEO. Here's a tutorial how you can use custom field data automatically in Yoast Snippets..

How To: Include Custom Fields in Post Titles & Descriptions in Yoast Automatically

Tutorials | winwar.co.uk | Feb. 20, 2019

Following on the previous post about adding a location and a date to the post URL automatically, we’re going to be looking at adding custom fields in post titles and descriptions. The sort you can see in Yoast Snippets. This will saving us time in optimising the post. We are using Yoast WordPress SEO to build this feature. The reason being is that Yoast has a range of filters and functions that you can take advantage of this for your future projects. In my opinion as a former SEO, the strength of WordPress SEO over it’s competitors is not in it’s ability to do the basic stuff well, but the way in which you can automate SEO to a degree using custom code. In this example, we’ll be using a filter and a function to build new features.
The wpseo_register_extra_replacements action
The wpseo_register_extra_filter action is an action that allows you to register extra variable replacements. Variables in Yoast usually take the place of a keyword surrounded by four percentage signs – for example the %%title%% string is replaced with the title string. We will need to add a function to the action to register the variable replacement.
The wpseo_register_var_replacement

3 min read Rhys Wynne
Plugins | winwar.co.uk | Jul. 18, 2018

WP Taxi Me 2.3 Released

WP Taxi Me 2.3 released. It's an important Release as it's taking into account the recent changes to the Google Maps Platform TOS.

WP Taxi Me 2.3 Released

Plugins | winwar.co.uk | Jul. 18, 2018

Today I’m delighted to announce the release of WP Taxi Me 2.3 for both the Free & Premium Releases! This release is an important release, and it only affects the Free version – as we’ve changed our API we used for Geolocation, from Google Maps to Mapbox.
What’s Changed?
Well, Google Maps has started charging. You get $200 free monthly credit, and you have 40,000 API calls for free month. But the main cost of entry has been that the API needs you to pre-emptively put your credit card details in case you go over. It’s a little bit sneaky I thought, so I switched to Mapbox.
Benefits of Mapbox over Google Maps
I’ve discovered two main benefits to Mapbox over Google Maps:-
You have up to 10,000 more API calls per month for free.
You don’t have to give your credit card details on their free or pay as you go plan.
These two issues swung it to Google Maps. But you will need to sign up to Mapbox. You can do so for free here.
Setting Up Mapbox for WP Taxi Me 2.3
Thnakfully it’s quite straightforward to make Mapbox work with WP Taxi Me 2.3. You can read about that here.
Will WP Taxi Me Use Google Maps Again?
Probably. I’m looking at adding

4 min read Rhys Wynne
Tutorials | winwar.co.uk | May. 23, 2018

How to centrally align oEmbeds (including in Gutenberg)

One of those things that easier in Gutenberg than in non-Gutenberg WordPress.

How to centrally align oEmbeds (including in Gutenberg)

Tutorials | winwar.co.uk | May. 23, 2018

Probably one of my favourite features in WordPress is the oEmbed features. oEmbed is a technology that allows you easily embed content from other sites that use oEmbed technology. Content such as YouTube videos, Twitter Tweets or Spotify playlists can be easily embedding by just dropping a link onto a page, but with the ease of use with WordPress, it can be tricky to style these posts. One usual styling is by making sure the content is centrally aligned. This can be a bit tricky. Here is how you centrally align oEmbeds, including instructions in Gutenberg. How is a oEmbed structured?
oEmbeds are usually structured within an <iframe> tag, which means we could use CSS to centre all iframes using code like this:-
However this isn’t ideal. The problem is that any other iframe on the page will be centred, and you probably don’t want this. However you can target just oEmbeds using a hook.
The oembed_result Filter
The oembed_result filter can be used here. It accepts three arguments – $html (the already generated HTML), $url (the URL we are using) and $args (an argument array). This will allow you to control the oEmbed before outputting it on the page.
How To Centrally

5 min read Rhys Wynne
Editorials | winwar.co.uk | Jul. 22, 2015

Donations for WordPress Work - Time To Revaluate?

After receiving my first donation in years. I thought I'd look again at this model....

Donations for WordPress Work - Time To Revaluate?

Editorials | winwar.co.uk | Jul. 22, 2015

Last week I had something incredibly rare: a donation to one of my plugins! The amount is irrelevant, but was very generously received and it put a smile on my face. So a huge thank you to Alyssa who saw fit to donate to the Inline Tweet Sharer project. Thanks again.
WordPress Monetisation – The Past
I couldn’t really remember the last time I received a donation to help fund one of my plugins, but certainly I cannot remember receiving anything this year, and probably not within the last 12 months. Whilst I don’t expect anything, it is something that does help development, as donations means that maybe the developer doesn’t have to take on a client and can focus on the plugin instead.
I wondered if I was a one off, or indeed donations are poorly received. In short – I wasn’t alone: I asked on WP Chat roughly how many donations were received, and the results were similar:-
Most had around 2 or 3 donations received, and no more than 8.
Most donations were in small quantities (totalled less than $100).
The plugins associated with these donations had tens of thousands of downloads.
Most donations came after a period of support.
Whilst again not asked (most of us get a kick of seeing a plugin

5 min read Rhys Wynne
Community | winwar.co.uk | Oct. 14, 2014

How To Get More WordPress Plugin Reviews

So I've been on a mission to get more reviews for my plugins. This is what has worked for me.

How To Get More WordPress Plugin Reviews

Community | winwar.co.uk | Oct. 14, 2014

One of the most frustrating things about WordPress and it’s open source nature is that it can set certain expectations. Anybody who has developed a premium plugin, theme or run a service will know the struggle that because WordPress is free, a section of users expect your time and your expertise for no reward. It’s something I don’t agree with, but it can happen. One such instance is in the free plugin and theme world: there are a lot of plugins and themes that are being supported for free, for hours and hours of development time, with nothing coming back to them. Sure there are wonderful residuals such as leads for work or premium products, but by and large the only indicator of the success of a plugin is the review section – and people generally don’t review plugins.
Unfortunately, generally people leave bad reviews when they’re unhappy, but rarely comment when they are happy with a plugin or theme. This does suck, but there are ways to push for reviews. The last few months I’ve been trying out a few things to get more WordPress plugin reviews. Here’s what I’ve found successful.
Ask After Giving Support
Probably the best way to get reviews and get positive reviews is asking after

3 min read Rhys Wynne
Tutorials | winwar.co.uk | Jul. 16, 2015

How To Populate a Gravity Forms Drop Down Field with A Custom Post Type

Recently I had to create a drop down field in Gravity Forms using a custom post type as the fields. We had to make it a bit fluid, so I wrote a tutorial on how to do it :).

How To Populate a Gravity Forms Drop Down Field with A Custom Post Type

Tutorials | winwar.co.uk | Jul. 16, 2015

Recently, we’ve been using Gravity Forms on some pretty complex forms. One of the most complex forms had a bunch of select fields, and one of them had to list all posts associated with a custom post type. Gravity Forms has in their documentation a check on a foreach loop where we check the field type is equal to a value (such as input, checkbox, radio, etc.). This is done using checking the ['inputType'] index in the $field array. Whilst suitable for forms with only one field, this could lead to all select fields in the form to have the same value. We need to target only one field.
You could check the ['id'] of the $field array, which would allow you target individual entries in the form. However the problem with this was the client was pretty savvy, and was after a way of prepopulating other forms using similar code.
In the end, we decided to check whether a select field had a CSS class (in our case, populate-with-posts). If it does have said class, then we populate the select options with all posts.
The Code
function winwar_populate_dropdown_with_posts($form){ foreach($form['fields'] as &$field){ if($field['inputType'] != 'select'

5 min read Rhys Wynne
Tutorials | winwar.co.uk | Jan. 25, 2017

Your WordPress Not Secure in Google Chrome? Here's How To Fix It...

Pardon the slightly clickbaity title, but I've taken a look at Google Chrome 56, and how to fix the not secure issues that could arise for WordPress sites, as well as SEO suggestions.

Your WordPress Not Secure in Google Chrome? Here's How To Fix It...

Tutorials | winwar.co.uk | Jan. 25, 2017

Recently in Google Chrome you may or may not have seen the warning that WordPress Not Secure in Google Chrome. This is quite alarming, but there’s nothing to be afraid of. Your site is explicitly being told as being not secure, and this happens quite a lot in Google Chrome mainly.
What Has Happened?
Since Google Chrome 56, Google Chrome has been explicitly warning users if a site that contains fields which Chrome thinks could house sensitive data (such as password fields or credit card fields). This has been a recent change, but a substantial one as the web moves more towards HTTPS. An example of what you would see is similar to the below.
Why are you being told Your WordPress is Not Secure in Google Chrome?
Well first off, it is not a WordPress issue. WordPress is secure, but it still works on non secure servers. WordPress in itself recommends HTTPS support. WordPress is only affected out of the box due to the fact you have to use a password to log into WordPress, so whilst no warning will appear on the front end of the site, the second you enter the admin area you will get a warning.
Of course, it’s your decision if you decide to log in insecurely, but my suggestion would

6 min read Rhys Wynne
Tutorials | winwar.co.uk | Apr. 29, 2015

An Explanation on WordPress Version Numbers

There's been a large number of updates to WordPress in the past week or so, and got asked what each of them means. I've written a post that will hopefully cover it :)

An Explanation on WordPress Version Numbers

Tutorials | winwar.co.uk | Apr. 29, 2015

So recently I’ve been asked a number of times on how WordPress version numbers work, as they feel they are doing a lot of security updates recently – in the past week or so we’ve seen 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.3, 4.2, 4.2.1 and 4.1.4. All complex software will have bugs, some of them security bugs, so patching them often is needed. However it can feel a little overwhelming to those who aren’t in the WordPress community to log in and see required updates every day. This post hopefully will try and explain what to look out for. WordPress Numerical Standards
WordPress follows something similar to the Semantic Versioning standard for version numbers. It isn’t true Semantic Versioning (like what happens on WP Email Capture), but close enough.
Semantic Versioning splits the number into three areas. So the version number is split into three sections: major.minor.patch. The first number indicates a major release of the source code – this often is open to interpretation, but generally when there has been a large amount of code added or rewritten which could affect the running of the software, this is when this number updates. The minor number indicates when a new feature is added generally, but not

5 min read Rhys Wynne
Editorials | winwar.co.uk | Dec. 8, 2015

How I (as a WordPress Developer) am Improving Myself In 2016

As it's coming to the end of the year, I'd thought I'd begin with what I'm looking to improve with myself in 2016.

How I (as a WordPress Developer) am Improving Myself In 2016

Editorials | winwar.co.uk | Dec. 8, 2015

Happy December! This is an interesting time of year as 2015 has seemingly flown by. Personally I’ve had better years, but 2016 could be a huge year for me. I’ve a lot that I want to focus on and improve on, and now that I’m fairly comfortable in myself, I’m beginning to look outward an how to improve in 2016. WordPress is still (amazingly) growing. It’s broken 25% of the internet, so the chances of short of a perfect storm or something disastrous, it will probably be around in some way, shape or form for some time to come. However, whilst it is relatively the same, it will evolve, and we need to keep up. As such, here are the three things I’m focusing on in 2016.
Learn the JSON REST API
WordPress 4.4 will see (or saw) something big in the Open Source world – the introduction of the JSON REST API. The API will allow effectively people to use WordPress and interact with WordPress sites without really knowing much WordPress, or indeed PHP. The REST API does seem relatively straightforward (it appears to just be some sort of notation that if you have used any API going forward), but I’m really curious to use it on a site.
So my main interest for 2016 is to learn (and then use), the JSON

6 min read Rhys Wynne
Business | winwar.co.uk | Jul. 26, 2017

My WordCamp Europe Facebook Marketing Campaign...what I would do differently

I decided to run a Facebook Marketing campaign to help reach out to the community at WordCamp Europe. I thought I would share what I did and how it worked for me, as well as what I would do differently.

My WordCamp Europe Facebook Marketing Campaign...what I would do differently

Business | winwar.co.uk | Jul. 26, 2017

In the past few months I have been playing around with a few sites with a new form of marketing – Facebook Marketing. It’s a fairly new string to my bow so I’m still new to it, but I thought I would try a little bit something different than previous attempts. Attempts at marketing have been a bit – well – hit and miss. Sure I’ve had some success, but other times there have been failures. One area I think I’ve struggled is in the digital goods markets – such as plugins and even blog posts. It’s been a bit tricky getting the message correct and getting clickthroughs. Generally the campaigns that I engage with are often physical products, or physical locations (so t-shirts or restaurants). I don’t sell physical products, or have a physical location. Or do I….?
Enter WordCamp Europe
So in the middle of last month was WordCamp Europe, a fantastic conference for WordPress professionals. As per my usual preparation – I put out my usual post asking for people to meet. What I find useful about doing these posts is it puts me in the mindset of meeting people and actually making connections before the event.
Now this time,

4 min read Rhys Wynne
Community | winwar.co.uk | Jun. 28, 2017

Three Thoughts From WordCamp Europe 2017

My thoughts of WordCamp Europe 2017 - what I made of the conference and also what I found valuable, and also what it needs to improve.

Three Thoughts From WordCamp Europe 2017

Community | winwar.co.uk | Jun. 28, 2017

So as shared in a post about a month ago, I made my trip to WordCamp Europe 2017 in Paris, France. It was a great trip to one of Europe’s finest capitals, and whilst not perfect (the food was a bit poor and by goodness it was expensive), it was one of the better WordCamps I’ve been to, and I came home after a week or so away in Paris with renewed vigour and inspiration. Rather than run down absolutely everything, here were my three biggest takeaways from the event. 1. Gutenberg Looks Amazing
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So one of the key events at WordCamp Europe is Matt Mullenweg’s interview. Whilst not exactly as formal as State of the Word, and it can be a bit too comfortable for my liking, you do get a sense of where things are going in the WordPress world.
It’s no surprise that in the past two or three years that things like Squarespace and Wix have taken a sizable chunk out of WordPress’ market (though that has been growing too). This showed how WordPress would fight back. And they’d fight back with a tool called Gutenberg.
Currently in a plugin, Gutenberg is designed to be a replacement to WordPress’

Tutorials | winwar.co.uk | Oct. 28, 2014

How To Ask For WordPress Plugin Reviews After a Week

How to ask for more WordPress plugin reviews within your plugins after users have been using them for a brief time. With code examples :)

Community | winwar.co.uk | Oct. 1, 2014

60 Tweetable Tips from WordCamp Europe 2014

A very nice way to recap the biggest WordCamp on this side of Atlantic

3 min read Rhys Wynne
Plugins | winwar.co.uk | Aug. 30, 2017

Inline Tweet Sharer 2.0 (and Premium) - Released!

I've released Inline Tweet Sharer 2.0 today. It's now a lot neater and easier to use, as well as introduces some nice features into the premium for those who want to track their twitter links better. Check it out!

Inline Tweet Sharer 2.0 (and Premium) - Released!

Plugins | winwar.co.uk | Aug. 30, 2017

Today I’m delighted to announce that – following some development time and liaising with the community – one of my more popular plugins, Inline Tweet Sharer, has been upgraded to version 2.0. And I’m happy to announce that at the same time, Inline Tweet Sharer Premium has been released! About Inline Tweet Sharer Premium
Inline Tweet Sharer Premium is a plugin designed for those who are looking to take their Twitter Marketing up a notch. It will help increase your follower account to those engaged with your audience, as well as give you valuable insights into what content is being shared. You can read more about it here.
Inline Tweet Sharer Premium Features
Here’s the features introduced in the first version of Inline Tweet Sharer Premium.
Include Related Followers To Encourage Signups
What happens after people share your tweet? Normally, you’d just return to your site, or worse disappear from the site. In the premium version instead you also can encourage users to follow your accounts.
Campaign Tracking in Google Analytics
You can create campaign variables in Google Analytics. What this means is you can add to the end of the URL sharing various variable

3 min read Rhys Wynne
Plugins | winwar.co.uk | Jul. 12, 2017

WP Taxi Me 2.1 Released!

Latest release of WP Taxi Me. Version 2.1 introduces Lyft as an integration method...

WP Taxi Me 2.1 Released!

Plugins | winwar.co.uk | Jul. 12, 2017

Today I’m delighted to announce the release of WP Taxi Me 2.1! This version adds a number of new features, both in the free version and the premium version, so it is well worth updating. Here is a run down of the latest release and the new features, and what it means for you.
Premium Feature – Lyft Integration
Does your city have Lyft? If so, you can integrate with Lyft as well as Uber now! Give customers the choice on how they get to you, and order the cheapest way to get to you. This was requested on the forums, and although it doesn’t have quite the level of customisation as Uber, you can still pick where you want to go, the design of the button as well as the size.
Free Feature – More Control on Registration Button
We have introduced a new feature to the free version – actually more of a changed feature to the free version. We’re giving more control to users displaying the “Registration” button.
Previously this feature only allowed it to be switched on or off. Now you can choose whether to display it on, off, on Desktop Only or Mobile Only. This feature was requested by one of our premium customers and now we’ve implemented it!

4 min read Rhys Wynne
Community | winwar.co.uk | May. 27, 2015

The WordPress Community - Is Fragmentation a Bad Thing?

From a recent blog of whether meetups should be held in pubs or not, I ask why cannot it be both?

The WordPress Community - Is Fragmentation a Bad Thing?

Community | winwar.co.uk | May. 27, 2015

So there has been an interesting discussion on the UK WP Slack channel recently surrounding Tim Nash’s blog post on not using the pub as a central location to hold WordPress meetups. The discussion has been great, and well worth a read, but it appears to have divided people into two main groups. On one hand you have a group of people who welcome it: some WordPress meetups have the odd person who takes the mantra of “any excuse for a pissup”. This caused WordPress Leeds/Northern Bloggers some problems, so it was taken out of a pub with a “come and join us for a drink after if you fancy it” mantra, and it’s been successful, with a great core group of regulars.
On the other hand you have a group of people who were against it: after all pubs are seemingly a community hub in the UK, and the question – in true Top Gear fashion – is “how bad can it be?”. Many people can enjoy a pint or a glass of wine without feeling the need to get violent, so why should the absolute few spoil it for the many.
Most people took one side or the other, whereas I’m going to take what I believe the stand should be.
Why can’t it be both? And wheres does that leave the WordPress community?
Lets be honest: WordPress

3 min read Rhys Wynne
Plugins | winwar.co.uk | Sep. 23, 2014

How to Switch Post Types in WordPress

Recently I had redesigned my site, which involved changing a few post types on my site, I found this great plugin that does this quickly and easily.

How to Switch Post Types in WordPress

Plugins | winwar.co.uk | Sep. 23, 2014

One of the main challenges when redesigning this blog recently was how to deal with the WordPress Plugins section. In the old site it was a set of hierarchical pages that were difficult to maintain and required a bit of work to set up. It was rather shoehorned in. As such, I redesigned this section to work with custom post types of “plugins”, which allowed me more control as to how each were displayed, and allowed custom fields to be commonly defined between each plugin post, without polluting the pages with custom fields. Try saying the last sentence fast. A potential problem occurred upon testing, in that – whilst I could copy and paste the pages into the new post type, it would be a fairly long and laborious process, that was open to mistakes. A quicker way would be to “switch” post types, preserving the content already written and optimised, but saving me a lot of time.
Thankfully, I found a plugin that could allow you to switch between each post type – Post Type Switcher.
The plugin, written by John James Jacoby and Matthew Gerring is a simply, lightweight solution for switching post types. Upon installation, an extra drop down is added to the “Publish” admin widget that allows

7 min read Rhys Wynne
Plugins | winwar.co.uk | May. 10, 2017

ProfilePress WordPress Plugin Review & Competition

Review & competition for WordPress "ProfilePress" Plugin, that will help build login forms and profile pages.

ProfilePress WordPress Plugin Review & Competition

Plugins | winwar.co.uk | May. 10, 2017

Recently I was contacted by the people behind ProfilePress about their plugin – ProfilePress. ProfilePress is a developer focussed plugin that will allow users to build their own profiles on the site. If your new site needs login capabilities, or profile capabilites, ProfilePress could be a solution to you to handle this functionality. It comes with a multitude of features, including AJAX enabled forms, sign ups from social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as a robust templating system. Here is our review of this plugin. Profilepress Installation & Setup
Installation and setup was quick and simple. Using the standard method of installing plugins via Upload, we were able to get up and running pretty quickly. On first time activation we have a number of warnings and methods on how to set up the plugin. Overall I felt that was slightly overboard, and I’m not keen of running the plugin with an extra plugin, but I can understand why it’s done.
A huge positive that on my research of this plugin I discovered that earlier versions required you to have a licence to access the Settings pages in the WordPress dashboard. I can confirm that is no longer the

6 min read Rhys Wynne
Plugins | winwar.co.uk | Apr. 12, 2017

Magic Tooltips for Gravity Forms Review & Competition

Review of Magic Tooltips for Gravity Forms, as well as a competition to win one of 2 copies of it :)

Magic Tooltips for Gravity Forms Review & Competition

Plugins | winwar.co.uk | Apr. 12, 2017

We are big fans of Gravity Forms here at Winwar Media. It’s a great plugin that allows you to quickly and easily build forms. But from a developer standpoint, it is a dream. You can extend it so much. We’ve built holiday booking forms, quizzes and even a reddit clone using Gravity Forms. It’s superb. Because it’s a huge plugin with a large number of users and it is well supported, it’s no surprise that various plugins have popped up to improve Gravity Forms even further. Today we review one such plugin: Magic Tooltips for Gravity Forms.
Unsurprisingly, Magic Tooltips will add a much needed feature to Gravity Forms – the ability to add Tooltips. I’ve built my own tooltips before and it is rather fiddly, so this was something I needed a few months ago! Here is our review of Magic Tooltips for Gravity Forms
Magic Tooltips for Gravity Forms Review
Installing the plugin is a doddle, and follows the simple way to install plugins as per the usual method of installing plugins in WordPress, and a “Magic Tooltips for Gravity Forms” menu item will appear. To begin with you need to set up the plugin. The settings page will allow you to add a

4 min read Rhys Wynne
Editorials | winwar.co.uk | Jan. 28, 2015

Thank a Plugin Author By Helping Fight Negative SEO

With the talk recently about Negative SEO hitting the community, here's a thought on how you can thank Plugin Authors by helping them fight Negative SEO.

Thank a Plugin Author By Helping Fight Negative SEO

Editorials | winwar.co.uk | Jan. 28, 2015

One post that did the rounds recently was Ryan D. Sullivan’s Negative SEO attack. It resonated with me, to some effect, as I used to cut my teeth in the SEO community as an SEO’er. I used to know people who orchestrated Negative SEO attacks, and was on the receiving end of a few myself. Unfortunately, without knowing too much behind the attack in question all I can use is my previous experience in that a) Negative SEO is quite tricky and b) Google has denied it ever existed and c) If you were to go out and do a Negative SEO attack right now, chances are you’d be unsuccessful and actually propel your target to the top of the rankings. I’m still not 100% sure Negative SEO is incredibly effective. However, what can we, as this fabulous WordPress Community can do, to protect against it?
Well, for one, I feel we can share a bit more.
You see, this is something that I have noticed as an individual who has published a fair few plugins. Occasionally bloggers who feature our plugin link to WordPress.org when sharing themes or plugins that we like. How about, for once, instead of linking to the plugins we link to in the WordPress repository, we link to the actual authors behind said plugin? It’s

4 min read Rhys Wynne
Tutorials | winwar.co.uk | Sep. 15, 2015

Getting Aesop Story Engine's Chapters to Work in Twenty Thirteen (and Other Themes)

I've been playing around with Aesop recently, and spotted something that occasionally doesn't work. Here's how to fix one of the most popular components to work with certain themes.

Getting Aesop Story Engine's Chapters to Work in Twenty Thirteen (and Other Themes)

Tutorials | winwar.co.uk | Sep. 15, 2015

Recently I’ve been working on getting a presentation ready for WordPress Leeds. Unlike previous presentations I make, this one has been prepared well in advance, with me taking advantage of Cyprus airports’ generous WiFi hotspots and also pool time. The presentation is on Aesop Story Engine, a plugin I discovered fairly recently thanks to working with a client who recommended it to us. Whilst it does the job and is relatively easy to set up, it isn’t without it’s problems.
One such problem manifested itself when I was writing the plugin – it’s strange incompatibility with TwentyThirteen. Often (and to be fair, they do warn you), the changes are merely CSS changes. However there can be some other changes that need to be implemented.
The Problem – Aesop’s Chapter Component is Hidden
Probably one of the most useful component for Aesop is the “Chapter” component. What this component does is allows you to split your content up into Chapters, in an attractive way, with the possible addition of a background image or a video. It adds on to the sidebar a sticky menu, allowing navigation of the content, as you can see in this example below with the tag icon to the right of the content.
The problem

6 min read Rhys Wynne
Plugins | winwar.co.uk | Oct. 11, 2017

Folovision FV Player Pro WordPress Plugin Review

Review of the Folio FV Player Pro WordPress review...worth checking out if you have a video centric blog.

Folovision FV Player Pro WordPress Plugin Review

Plugins | winwar.co.uk | Oct. 11, 2017

I was approached by the developers and team behind Foliovision regarding their latest plugin offering. FV Player Pro. FV Player Pro is a WordPress plugin designed to improve the native experience for video in WordPress. From reading the site, their features are impressive – it seems to be something that integrates with both WordPress and services such as YouTube allowing you to brand and style YouTube videos. But what’s it actually like? Here is our FV Player Pro WordPress Plugin Review. FV Player Pro Installation & Setup
Installation is your bog standard plugin download and installation on your site. Although there isn’t a welcome screen (which I’m not going to mark it down, as they can be dividing. I don’t mind them, but some people do!) you will have to go to Settings > FV Player Pro. Once there, you can put in your licence. Here’s something that I had a problem with.
I was unable to test the plugin locally on my domain, which was a bit of a pain. As a result, when you buy a licence, you will probably have to use a staging URL that mimics your current site if you’re testing. It would be a great to somehow run the “Pro”

8 min read Rhys Wynne
Tutorials | winwar.co.uk | Jun. 11, 2015

WordPress SEO Tools for Webmasters

I look outside the WordPress space to find tools and services SEO's use to improve the ranking of their sites. I also include some plugins as well.

WordPress SEO Tools for Webmasters

Tutorials | winwar.co.uk | Jun. 11, 2015

As a recovering SEO, I still have many friends and contacts in the SEO industry. I still keep an eye out on what is hot & what is not in the SEO world. Whilst I cannot really claim to be much of a SEO nowadays (though I’ve given an WordPress SEO talk or two in my time), I do still use my SEO skillset from time to time to help promote my own website. As well as a skillset that is slightly under-utilised, I have a list of tools that I quite like using. These are tools that I use pretty much on a weekly basis, sometimes on a daily basis.
I’ve tried to categorise the tools the best I can, and I’m interested to try out more tools if need be. But, as of today, here are my favourite WordPress SEO tools.
Websites/Programs
These are SAAS websites that are quite helpful to keep a tab on your site, and help with analysis.
This is probably the best rank checker I know . Although the mode du jour in the SEO industry is to ignore keywords (something I do agree with), it’s a good way to get a good overview on where your site stands, and also the sites around you in the SERPs.
It is free, but if you want more than 30 days of history, then you have to pay. It’s $4.99 per “robot” per month. That will