Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Now it’s 2021, and all our .EU domain names can stop working. The only one I own is tmpdir.eu and I only use it as a placeholder domain name when I’m working on a new website. There’s a couple of in-progress websites and a staging site or two that will be affected … Continued

Dummy’s Guide to Roots Sage Theme in WordPress

Recently I’ve mostly been using Understrap as a theme for WordPress, however the Understrap GitHub repository has shown a disturbing lack of maintenance for the last year or so. With Bootstrap 5 on the horizon, and WordPress and PHP constantly moving forward, I don’t want to be stuck in a potential development dead-end using Understrap. … Continued

WordPress wp-ctrl-semicolon Plugin

I’ve previously blogged about creating keyboard shortcuts in WordPress. Now I’ve bundled that up into a plugin. It’s available on GitHub. https://github.com/tobyink/php-wp-ctrl-semicolon

WP Tempus Dominus Auto

Usually when I blog about programming, it’s Perl stuff, but here’s something that’s mostly Javascript (with a little PHP to act as a shim for WordPress). It’s a script to use Tempus Dominus as a date/time picker for HTML 5 date and time form inputs on Bootstrap/jQuery-based sites. It lets you do stuff like this: … Continued

Keyboard Shortcut to Edit a Page/Post in WordPress

WordPress does have a toolbar for logged-in administrators, but I often like to keep this feature disabled so while I’m viewing the site, I see it like normal visitors do. It’s nice to have a quick way to edit the page you’re currently viewing though. Here’s a way to allow the Ctrl+; keyboard combination to … Continued

Sainsburys Website

I’ve been doing my grocery shopping online on and off since about 2000 or 2001 and I believe Sainsburys was the first supermarket I’ve used for it, and I did stick with them for a while. Mostly now I use Tesco, though I’ve used Waitrose, Ocado, and ASDA too. Today I found myself ordering from … Continued

Show Yourself: Authentication and SSL for Postfix and Dovecot

The other useful guide I’ve been following for setting up email lately has been Secure Postifx Using Let’s Encrypt. Let’s Encrypt is a pretty cool certification authority that makes setting up HTTPS for websites not just a doddle, but also free. I’ve been very impressed with it. But it can also be used to provide … Continued

Implementing GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the EU law that forces pretty much all sites to display that annoying “please accept our cookies” message which you see everywhere. For those of us in the UK, Brexit is likely to slightly modify the law, but only slightly. So we have to deal with it. I … Continued

Some Things Never Change: But Email Does

So I have recently been moving from one VPS to another. My first step was to move this website. Second was email services. Now, email has existed a long time. SMTP, the protocol used to transfer mail between clients and servers (and from server to server, and often internally on servers from one queue to … Continued

Redesigned Website

I’ve redesigned my website (toby.ink). It now uses WordPress with a Bootstrap 4 theme. It’s also on a brand new VPS which I’m hoping to move all my small personal sites to because my old VPS is still running Ubuntu 10.04.4 LTS! Hopefully I’ll be posting a lot more than I used to.