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September 4, 2019

WordPress Plugin Developers – Please Stop Auto Enabling Google Maps Api’s

I have wasted another day finding a hidden setting in another plugin that includes the Google Maps Api js without a key.

At Coffee Black we have a sort of rolling default setup for new WordPress websites.

It includes all of the plugins we always use and some tweaks and other nice to haves which make our lives so much simpler and makes us more efficient when creating a new site.

We use WP Bakery Page builder on all of our client sites and several addons for this.

Over the past 6 months, I have now spent an inordinate amount of time troubleshooting Google Maps API errors.

That seems like a simple thing to do right?

Here lies the issue. When you [...]

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April 30, 2019

Nginx proxy caching with multiple php pools and WordPress

I like Nginx and am always looking for faster better ways to serve websites.

A few years ago we found a script called Tuxlite which opened up the idea, to us, of using multiple PHP pools, using Unix socks, to serve multiple websites without everyone being under the same www-data user. this provided both security and separation of configurations which we wanted without having to setup a new server for every website.

The idea being, you configure Nginx to serve and respond to multiple different domain names, using separate configs under sites available, and each of these config files has a line

fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php/php7.2-fpm-user.sock;

which relates to a [...]

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January 3, 2019

2019 New Year and New Resolutions?

Well, Last year didn’t┬áseem to even register for me. I know it was there and stuff happened in it but it seemed like it was done and over in a flash.

2018 was a pretty cool year if I list everything I achieved personally as well as my Team at Coffee Black and projects such as The Tattoo Forum and Prospect Driver.

I taught myself Python and have become half proficient at using selenium with chromedriver to scrape information from sites.

I built a scraper to transfer a Weebly website to WordPress with a very complex set of rules to rewrite layouts into Visual Composer for WordPress which was not fun and took 2 weeks to do. I guess I feel a sense of [...]

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February 12, 2018 Homeassistant Rfxtrx setup for LightwaveRF Devices

I like LightwaveRF, they make a very clever range of switches and inline dimmers which work in the UK.

For those of you who don’t know already in the UK our normal wiring setup is to run a (ring)main to all lights and then to send a separate cable from the light fitting down to a switch. This cable is for the sole purpose of adding a gap into the live wire to switch the light on and off.

In other countries a live, neutral (and earth) is often run to the switch itself and then from the switch to the light itself.

What this means is a lot of the home automation kit available in the world doesn’t play well with UK wiring as most switches require a [...]

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