How to add images to the comment box on

It is possible to add comments to the comment box on but not through drag-and-drop and the image needs to be hosted elsewhere. If you have your own site you can upload the image to your Media Library by clicking the Add button next to Media. Upload your image, then select it, and… Continue reading How to add images to the comment box on

Enabling debug in WordPress

In my post about troubleshooting WordPress plugin problems I expalined how to disable plugins and themes when you don't have access to the wp-admin dashboard. But what if that doesn't fix the problem? Suppose it's not a plugin or theme breaking the site but something else. The next step in this scenario is to turn… Continue reading Enabling debug in WordPress

Troubleshooting plugin problems in WordPress

You've just installed a new and exciting plugin on your WordPress site which you can't wait to use but it breaks the site. You can no longer access the wp-admin dashboard and all your visitors are seeing a white screen of death when they try to load the page. Fortunately there's an easy way to… Continue reading Troubleshooting plugin problems in WordPress

Are websites becoming obsolete?

Are Facebook business pages and Twitter stories obliterating the need for businesses and individuals to have a website? I see this happening quite a lot now - a business builds themselves a Facebook page and this becomes their only online presence. Is it a good idea for a company to maintain their online presence using… Continue reading Are websites becoming obsolete?

I’m on TV!

This morning I was interviewed by John Parkinson from WordPress TV about what WordPress means to me. Is this my stepping stone to a part on Doctor Who? I probably should have brushed my hair a bit better first. John interviews people who attend WordCamps. He has other great interviews on the site.

Harald has been Wapuued

I finally did it! I plastered Wapuu stickers all over Harald. These are the Wapuus of Europe. I also took another selfie of my sunflower which is now taller than I am. Five days ago it was about up to my eyes (pic here). Now it's over my head. I've discovered there's a downside to having a… Continue reading Harald has been Wapuued

Photos from WordCamp Europe 2016

I work with so many wonderful photographers that I've stopped taking photos myself when I'm around them. There are always so many terrific photos that come out afterwards which other people have taken. Here are some of them. This one was taken by Elio. We look like gangsters, don't you think? It looks like I've got… Continue reading Photos from WordCamp Europe 2016

Vienna, WordCamp EU, and Gustav Klimt

I have been remiss in not posting anything for days and days but I have been so busy. WordCamp EU 2016 is now over and all I can say is, WOW! It was so huge with over 2000 people turning up and more than a hundred volunteers. The best part for me was seeing old friends and making… Continue reading Vienna, WordCamp EU, and Gustav Klimt

Christmas dinner in York

The UK-based Automatticians got together last night for an ugly jumper Christmas dinner in York. Last year we went to Keswick which was really nice. This year we went to one of my favourite cities, York. Dinner was at the Guy Fawkes Inn which is very old and characterful and supposedly the birth place of… Continue reading Christmas dinner in York

Edinburgh Christmas market

I'm writing this on the train back to Aberdeen. We had a fantastic day in Edinburgh today. The Christmas markets just began this week and they are wonderful. We went on the ferris wheel and it was a gorgeous day which meant we had spectacular views from the top. There's an outdoor skating rink there which I couldn't… Continue reading Edinburgh Christmas market

Edinburgh WordCamp 2015

I'm in Edinburgh. We all came down for the weekend so that I could attend the Edinburgh WordCamp today and it was terrific. How cool is this Scottish bag-pipe-playing Waapu? Skyscanner HQ provided the venue. Skyscanner started with just four employees working out of a tiny office in Leith. They now have several offices all over the… Continue reading Edinburgh WordCamp 2015

Spam posts and my kids don’t need me anymore

About an hour ago someone managed to publish a post to my blog. This was not me. It was a spammer using the post by email feature which was enabled for my blog. I have since disabled this and deleted the post. If you received email notification of a new post to my blog with… Continue reading Spam posts and my kids don’t need me anymore

Wapuu saves the day!

Here's my photo for day two of the five-day blogging challenge: Elizabeth was upset this afternoon because Daniel's class went to the Satrosphere and he got a small toy. She was jealous because she didn't get a toy. So to take her mind off it I decided to print out these cool colouring-in pages of Wapuu… Continue reading Wapuu saves the day!

A day in the life of a Happiness Engineer

What does a Happiness Engineer do all day? I started my day today at 6:30am because I'm a morning person and I'm still a bit jet-lagged. Sometimes I start at 6am, sometimes at 7am. The choice is mine. I began by catching up on emails and replying to users via email. Then I started live… Continue reading A day in the life of a Happiness Engineer