Josiah Cole

Father, Technologist, Cape Codder, Inventor, Entrepreneur.

CSS Humor Style Selector

One of my favorite activities is to look through my old drafts, sometimes years later and laugh at my old, seemingly random ideas.  I decided to post this one from 2010, simple as it may be, I thought it was an interesting (and mildly funny) concept for a blog /...

How to Clear the WP Engine Cache

WP Engine built in caching is a breathe of fresh air if you're used to managing caching plugins, and their finicky settings and tendency to break.  Built into the WordPress dashboard, the WP Engine cache control is just two clicks away, which makes theme changes easy...

How to Access phpMyAdmin at WP Engine

If you've run WordPress for any length of time, you're no doubt familiar with phpMyAdmin.  Access to phpMyAdmin can often be critical to your WordPress operation and debugging needs, and thankfully WP Engine makes this very easy. Unlike some web hosts which hide...

Choosing the Best WordPress Plugin

WordPress plugins offer a quick and easy way to expand the function of your WordPress website. When searching the WordPress.org plugin directory, or web for a suitable plugin, one has to factor in several criteria to ultimately decide which plugin to utilize. By day I...

New Simple Bootstrap WordPress Theme

I didn't set out to create a Bootstrap theme for WordPress, yet here I am, running just that and proclaiming yet again, that I will resurrect this blog from it's deathbed (I'll spare you the overly dramatic "I'm back" post). First the theme.  I started with a very...

WordPress Security Best Practices

A long overdue follow up to my immensely popular almost perfect WordPress htaccess file article.  This article of best practices should give you several more tricks up your sleeve to keep your WordPress installation secure and running smooth & below the radar of...

And the love kickstarts again

A couple weekends ago I decided this blog ... my blog and official home on the web needed a redesign, rebuild and re.... well everything.  Not wanting to get bogged down in the details of design, I installed an excellent theme from Elegant Themes and set to work...

I’m Stuck – Random Design Idea Generator

I fashion myself a bit of a web designer, and sometimes after slaving away on a client's web design proof for hours, I run into a wall of uncreative energy or as I call it "shit out of ideas".   I have found that many times the path around or through this wall is...

Ebay User Experience Fail

So I recently purchased a classic Xbox game (which ended up sucking, more on that later) on Ebay and while the transaction went perfectly smooth, I noticed a small glitch in their post-purchase 'leave feedback' follow up.  It's been almost 5 weeks since the auction...

11 Ways to Piss Off Your Tweeps

I follow a few hundred local Cape Codders on Twitter to give me a sense of what is happening in my geographical region (something I can't get via the web/newspaper). By and large most of the Twitter streams that I see are a good mix of personal notes, self promotion...

How Free is that Free Stock Photo?

Free stock photography websites are very popular these days, and there are literally hundreds if not thousands to choose from. Besides selection, quality, and featureset the one factor that is critical in evaluating these websites is the image licensing or terms of...

Printable PDF Linux Cheat Sheets

If you've ever messed with Linux and found yourself in a jam that X just cannot solve. You're going to need to use the command line to hack your way out of trouble. Lucky for you, Scott Klarr put up some nicely formated PDF Linux (and more) printable cheat sheets with...

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