Phil Wylie

WordPress web developer for iWeb, cider drinker and cat owner

Web Development

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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Can you point me in the right direction?

I provide web development and associated services to a small number of clients I’ve picked up over the years. This post is based on my humble experience freelancing and is aimed at those who, like me, are providing a service on a small scale. Every so often I receive a question from a past client. […]




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