Studio by is a game changer

Studio by is available for Windows and Mac and claims to be a fast, free way to develop WordPress sites, themes and plugins locally.

How does Studio by on Windows compare with two other local development server options XAMPP and Laragon?

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List WordPress posts alphabetically beneath category headings

Now, this is going to be a niche blog post.

For the last ten years, I’ve been blogging metal, punk, hardcore and rock music reviews at

Besides the main list of reviews, I also created three pages to list the reviews by artist, genre and score. I updated these manually because when I started the blog I hosted it at which had limitations about which themes and plugins I could use. But ever since moving the site to my own paid-hosting account at SiteGround, I’ve wanted to write a plugin or child theme function that could update these three pages automatically. Well, now I have and that’s what this blog post explains.

You can view the code on GitHub.

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WordPress 2.5 sneakĀ peek

I’ve just been checking out the WordPress 2.5 Sneak Peek on the WordPress Development Blog.

I’ve just downloaded Release Candidate 1 and installed it on my localhost test environment and in the five minutes that I’ve been poking around I have to say that I really do like what they’ve done.

The back-end has been given quite a shake-up … and for the better in my opinion.

The most notable thing is that they’ve reduced the main navigation from 9 or 10 items (depending on whether you’re hosting your own installation or using the hosted version) to four:

  1. Write
  2. Manage
  3. Design

As a seasoned WordPress user it was fairly intuitive as to where they’d stashed the other options, but for new users it looks as this new redesign will make it much, much easier for folks to simply focus on writing content without these other options getting in the way.

Next step will be to check it out with my favourite plugins to see if I can start developing with this version.