Phil Wylie

WordPress developer, Code Club volunteer & Staffs Web Meetup organiser

Phil Wylie

A Graduate’s Guide to Applying for Web Development Placements

I had a pleasant time yesterday visiting Staffordshire University. Ian and I went along to represent iWeb. We were there along with representatives from a number of local companies in the web industry. The University had put on a session for second year web students. The aim was to help prepare them for making placement […]

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Is it right to seek out GPL code for free?

Andrew Fielden presented a talk at August’s WordPress Birmingham meetup in which he discussed GPL in the context of WordPress and the WordPress ecosystem of premium themes and plugins. It was a thought provoking talk and it reminded me of a discussion I’d had that very week. I’ve summed up my thoughts here as I’m not sure […]

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It’s time to discuss the bits in-between

To know how long something will take to do before doing it, is notoriously hard. Yet, as web developers, we’re often asked to give time estimates. In my experience, estimates become quotes which then become deadlines. Therefore, estimation is stressful. Estimation is difficult. With a small job, it’s pretty easy to guesstimate. You know you […]

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How to protect your WordPress site

I recently contributed towards an article on WordPress security and thought I’d write up my advice in full over on my blog. This is particularly relevant in light of recent vulnerabilities in WordPress and a number of high-profile third party plugins. The most important steps you can take to secure your WordPress site are not necessarily specific to […]

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How to avoid Google’s slow label – benchmarking

This is a post written for the iWeb blog taking a look at a number of website benchmarking tools and services. Useful for pinpointing performance issues which can be improved upon. For a long time Google have advised the web community that site speed is taken into account as a ranking factor. The move to displaying a […]

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