Author Archives: Stephen Cronin

About Stephen Cronin

Stephen Cronin has worked in the software industry in Australia, UK and USA for 13 years. He has held senior positions including General Manager, Business Manager, International Product Manager and has also worked as web developer, project manager, trainer and support technician.

WordPress – Simple CSS Text Boxes In Posts

| Created: June 8th, 2007
WordPress Hacks 59 Comments

In this article, I outline how to create simple text boxes using both inline and external CSS and how to set up a quicktag button so you can use them with the minimum of effort. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to do! Continue reading

WordPress Permalink Customisation – Caution For Beginners

| Created: June 1st, 2007
WordPress Opinion 26 Comments
Editorial Note, 12 August 2011

So, some things have changed since 2007 – I now use the very same permalink structure I warn against below. There are a few reasons for this:

  1. WordPress now deals with permalink structure changes much better these days and will automatically 301 redirect the old URLs for you (in most cases).
  2. Even if WordPress didn’t do it automatically, I’m now comfortable setting up 301 redirect via .htaccess (which is what I do, because I don’t quite trust leaving it to WordPress).
  3. Having the category in the permalink does provide SEO benefits – I don’t care so much about getting the keywords in the URL (you can get that through postname), but I do like the benefits for the site structure (pseudo folders creating a silo structure).

There are still some problems with the /%category%/%postname%/ permalink structure: if you have a lot of pages (more than 50ish), this permalink structure can really slow down your site. Having said that, even this problem is likely to disappear, as it looks like they’ll change the way this works in WordPress 3.3.

This is only my second post since launching www.scratch99.com and I’ve already changed the Permalink structure! In this article, I examine why my original structure:

        /%category%/%postname%/

doesn’t work for me. Continue reading

Introduction – More Than Scratch The Surface

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The birth of another blog! In this first post, I explain who I am and what this blog is all about. Continue reading