Sharon Murphy

Hello there! I'm a web developer in Louisville, Kentucky. I started on this career path by purchasing an O’Reilly PHP book from Barnes & Noble in 1999. Since then, my desire to learn as much as I can about web site building and server maintenance has grown. I love technology and what it can do to simplify our lives and make it more interesting all at the same time. Seeing a creative design come to life and bringing it into the web world is my favorite puzzle to solve. My server experience is based around launching WordPress-friendly servers — Linux (Ubuntu and Centos flavors), Apache, MySQL, and PHP. I have worked with various modules, extensions, installs such as ImageMagick, LetsEncrypt, Sass, LESS, and the Homebrew family of extension. My main love has been with PHP, and my CMS of choice has been WordPress since its inception in 2003. I find it flexible, secure, easy to design around, and so customizable. My strengths are in developing from-scratch plugins and themes for the WordPress CMS with a strong background in PHP and MySQL development.

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/

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?