Mesocolumn WordPress child theme fix after updating theme

It was bound to happen, the very reliable Mesocolumn Wordpress theme finally made an entry in a website's fatal error logs.  I make a habit of examining website error logs, if you have a business with a web department, insist that they regularly scan and check your website error logs or subscribe to a service…

Create WordPress custom template based on category slug

To create a custom template in Wordpress for specific categories based on the slug is not a built-in function.  Not sure why since it makes sense to build this capability without creating a new filter.  This could be plug-in, but it's so simple, it's one of those things you wonder why it's taking so long…

WordPress: Texturize shortcodes?! I thought I heard it all

Sometimes, I wonder if the Wordpress community doesn't create some over-complication of things just because it can.  I came across the term "texturizing" when I was developing another Wordpress plug-in.  I ignored the warning before but figured it warranted a second look.  After all, it sounds like it could affect something on one of our…

Updating WordPress footers when Jetpack infinite scroll is enabled

It's inevitable when you install Jetpack that some things on your site will need to be re-updated.  I found this out when I installed Jetpack and couldn't find the footer overrides so the site was showing the "Proudly powered by Wordpress" message at the bottom. Gotta love Jetpack by Wordpress's "infinite scroll" feature though --…

For new Linux server installs, don’t forget to install the CURL library before installing Symfony or WordPress

Don't forget to install CURL after installing PHP. The Symfony PHP framework needs it, Wordpress needs it. Most websites running PHP need CURL. I find something will need it and if your website is going to talk to other websites, you're probably going to need CURL. Just make it a habit before rebooting after you…