How to add items to robots.txt with WordPress

One thing that I love about my job is that most days I learn something new. Today I learned that WordPress auto-generates its own robots.txt file, and that there is a filter that you can hook into to allow you to add your own rules to the file. Working with one of our partners (we often provide business-to-business support …

The Bike-Shed Effect

Bikeshedding: Placing too much importance on trivial things.Today I found a blog post from a former Local Government colleague of mine, Chantele Smith, all about “bikeshedding”, or the Parkinson’s Law of Triviality to give it its official name. Bikeshedding is a term to explain the phenomenon of focus being placed on a trivial part of an overall solution, while …

Contributing to WordPress Core for Absolute Beginners

At my company Make Do we only develop websites and applications with WordPress. However I have never made a submission to WordPress Core, that is, until today. This blog post details my first experience of contributing to WordPress Core, and hopefully it will provide a little help for any other budding contributors. Don’t get me wrong, at Make …

Customer Development: Getting Honest Feedback About Your Products and Services

A couple of weeks ago I learned all about Customer Development, by attending another fantastic Founders Network event. Once again, superbly put together by Tech North. The event was delivered by co-founders of Lyst; Rob Fitzpatrick and Devin Hunt, and Rob kindly gave us a signed copy of his wonderful book ‘The Mom Test‘, which gives some wonderful insight into assessing what …