Laravel Nova space guy

Laravel Nova is a pretty great tool for configuring CRUD dashboards quickly and simply. We used it on a recent client project and have been thrilled with the results. “Actions” are a nifty tool that comes with Nova for running tasks across one or more models. This particular project required running a dump of models…

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Beaver Builder logo

Here at Sterner Stuff, we find that many of our clients benefit from using a flexible and performant theme that can fit a variety of needs. It helps us deliver projects faster, and for many small businesses, it’s a great fit for their needs. We turn to Beaver Builder to fill this role. While most…

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A pair of similar looking ducks

Keeping up a blog is hard work. It’s almost never in anyone’s job description at a small business, so it falls through the cracks. You’re saying we need to blog regularly if we want to rank well in search engines? Hm, I think Jane at the front desk likes to write. She’ll do it! Literally…

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WordPress version 4.2 changed up the default database table collation. Swapping to utf8mb4 provides support for a wider range of characters, including emojis. If the contents of your content editor are deleted when saving with an emoji in it, this is probably your issue. If you upgraded to WordPress 4.2 while running MySQL version 5.5.2…

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Windows certificate icon

By default, Laravel Homestead generates a security certificate for all sites you register, allowing you to quickly develop via HTTPS on your local machine. To get your browser to trust Homestead’s self-signed certificates, you have some options: Click through the privacy warning every time you visit a local site Add each generated certificate one by…

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Ship in a bottle

Ever found yourself working on a site where someone has made modifications directly to a third-party theme that now has updates? It doesn’t take long in the WordPress business to start running into these. It makes updating really time-consuming. A lot of people will just punt on the updates and manage with their forked theme.…

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NextGen Gallery Other Options screen

Bedrock from Roots is a modern take on structuring a WordPress website. It leans on Composer to manage all third-party dependencies (WordPress core, plugins, and themes where possible), flexes PHP environment variables for configuring your site, and so ultimately results in a more robust setup that I’m more comfortable managing. Almost all WordPress projects at…

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A tiny red Porsche

Recently a video hit my inbox. It’s a presentation from Scott Hanselman at GOTO conf talking about how to scale your own productivity. Yet another productivity video. I’m a notorious multitasker and my email is always open, responding to the latest thing to hit my inbox, potentially dropping everything to work on something new. He…

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Sterner Stuff recently inherited a pretty massive site. With over 100,000 posts, 200,000 attachments, and site loads reaching 4000+ visitors and anywhere from 5-9 logged-in authors at any one time, it’s been one of the largest projects we’ve tackled. While a proper reverse-proxy solution can mitigate the majority of the front-end load on a project…

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