Author: David Hayes

How to Change WordPress Post Types with Post Type Switcher

From time to time, you’ll need to change the post type of one or more of your WordPress posts. One common need is to change a Post to a Page, when you realize a piece of previously published content is more “evergreen” than “blog.” You could create a new Page, cut-paste the Post’s content and title, and delete the Post—but doesn’t it make more sense to just change the one thing that’s the actual problem, which is the Post’s post type?


How to Run an Inclusive Conference

Inclusivity is a great goal for any event that’s open to anyone who doesn’t know each other well. I feel like one of the many small steps one can take to decrease the feeling of loneliness people experience as remote technical teams is making sure that when you are in person the atmosphere is welcoming and comfortable for everyone.


WordPress Freelancing Can Be Lonely: Nine Strategies to Cope

People get into WordPress freelancing for lots of reasons. Some that come quickly to mind: for fun, for a career, to learn, to help out, or to make a little extra cash. All of these are great things. One common reality that doesn’t come up as much around WordPress freelancing: loneliness. It’s bound to come up, even though it’s an affliction that many people dare not speak of.


How to Auto Update the Copyright Year in a WordPress Footer

how to automatically update copyright year WordPress

An out-of-date copyright year in a site’s footer is a common sight, especially early in a new year. It happens because people don’t take advantage of WordPress’s server-side language, PHP, to auto-update the copyright year in WordPress. Instead they’re manually changing it. But it’s a complex and menial task, so it’s easy to put off.


What It’s Like Making a WooCommerce Extension

I’ve often idly considered what it was like to become an author of WooCommerce extensions (plugins) to be sold on WooCommerce.com. Because I have so many other priorities, I’ve never sought out that information for myself. But care of the Post Status newsletter, I discovered that Devin Price has written up exactly what the experience was like. How his plugin was challenged and made better, and what it’s like getting set up to sell.



Everything You Need to Know to Speak at WordCamp

WordCamp Miami 2014

Just last weekend, I was one of the co-organizers of WordCamp Denver. (Not a lead, those people did more work. I just made a website and helped a bit with sponsors and recording videos.) It was my first time doing it, and to commemorate the occasion, I thought I’d share an invitation and recommendation that you speak at a WordCamp.


How to Use Ninja Forms to Create a Contact Form

Contact forms are one of the most common needs on a WordPress site. Whether you want them because giving people an email address scares you of spam or just because you like to get a more structured amount of data from your correspondents, there are a whole host of possible solutions for dealing with contact forms. One of the greatest of those is the Ninja Forms WordPress plugin—best part, it’s free! Today, we’ll cover how to make a “Ninja contact form.” Hi-ya!