Sharon Murphy

web developer, designer, and consultant

Set a Dashboard Logo

This snippet of code will allow you to customize your WordPress dashboard logo.

Menu

Once you have some content pieces available, you can start building the menu. Go to Appearance > Menus and create a menu (give it any name you wish, this is only visible to us). Click “Create Menu”. Now, you’ll be given the option to chose a Display location for the menu. Check “left top menu” to get started. To…

All-In-One Event Calendar

The plugin I recommend is called “All-in-One Event Calendar by Time.ly.” Go into Plugins, find its listing, and click “Activate” underneath it. This will activate the plugin, and a new menu item, Events, will show up on the side.First thing to do, click on the new link that showed at the top when the plugin was activated, “Visit…

How to Create a Category

Go to Posts > Categories Available areas: Name Slug (is automatically generated from the name; can be customized) Parent category (if you plan to ‘nest’ your categories) Description (used to add a small bit of content to the top of a category’s page) Need more info? Try here: https://wordpress.org/support/category/basic-usage/

How to Create a Page

Go into Pages > Add New Areas Available: Title Editor (main area for content) Author (if not you, you can change this to another user) Date (will publish with current date and time, can adjust to past or future) Need more info? Try here: https://wordpress.org/support/category/basic-usage/

Homebrew and ImageMagick

How to properly install ImageMagick with Homebrew and PHP 7.3.8

How to Diagnose and Troubleshoot WordPress

Occasionally while editing a site, I’ll get a blank screen or even an error message. The latest version of WordPress has made some nice upgrades to show a formatted error message, like this: Along with this message, an email with more details will be sent out describing the error. An additional step I’ve taken to…

Web Hosting on OS X

Included in this post is information on those errors and some general suggestions on setting up your own web hosting on your OS X machine.

6 Stages of Debugging

That can’t happen. That doesn’t happen on my machine. That shouldn’t happen. Why does that happen? Oh, I see. How did that ever work?

Featured Image Replacement

Use this snippet of code to display an image when the featured image isn’t set. Works with images inserted in posts (and galleries!).