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PHP 8 is Released!

Give thanks! For PHP 8.0.0 is here… released just 40 minutes ago, today, Thanksgiving Day.

The official release notes are here.

There will be breaking changes.

Edited highlights for PHP 8.0 are as follows:

  • Union Types
  • Named Arguments
  • Match Expressions
  • Attributes
  • Constructor Property Promotion
  • Nullsafe Operator
  • Weak Maps
  • Just In Time (JIT) Compilation

When you get your code updated, PHP 8 will be the fastest and most secure option.

Fill your boots.

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AMP Stories are now Web Stories… and they’re pretty cool

I know, right. I don’t say things like “pretty cool” but AMP stories are now called Web Stories, have a WordPress plugin, are officially supported by Google, and feature a simple drag-and-drop interface to allow you to create mobile friendly content which looks like this:

The above utilises a dedicated Gutenberg block to embed a web story in a post. Now, if you’re viewing this content on a mobile or tablet, click here to view the Web Story directly.

This actually is pretty cool.

Web Stories allow you to create “slideshow like” content, which mix (for example) animated gifs, videos, your own annotations, buttons, and etc.

Think of a web story as a standards-compliant slider, which works really well on a handheld device, and you’ll be close.

But think more than this – think of a slider, which ranks in search, directly, and can help you to tell… well, a story.

Heads up, marketers of WordPress, you just got a really solid new tool.

View web stories for WordPress on the dedicated website, here. Install the plugin here and have a play.

Leave a comment below if you like, dislike, or otherwise have something to say about Web Stories.

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Resolving Zoom error code 1132

I got a weird error with Zoom in the past week on a new PC – on which Zoom had been working fine, one moment, and then, failing with error code 1132.

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How to Add Someone to your Google Search Console Account

I’ve had to explain this a few times recently, so probably there isn’t a good, clear explanation out there on Google, for this little corner of Google 🙂

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Business Insurance for Web Developers

I got asked this question a while back, and at last I’ve put together some content which I think can stand up to some small amount of scrutiny online… “What should I put down when I buy business insurance as a web developer???”

The answer is – and isn’t it always – it’s complicated!

I’m going to make a recommendation for the service I used to order business insurance for our eCommerce agency, and describe our decision making processes – but you should, as ever, make up your own mind, do your own research, and understand that while my advice may be helpful to you, ultimately it’s your business, and therefore, the risks are yours.

Also note, the service I recommend (Axa Business Insurance) in this post serves the UK market, so if you’re browsing from another country, different prices and service providers (and service names) will apply, though the basic points are likely still to be useful.

With all that said, let’s dive in…

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Best WP Engine Alternatives

I quite like WP Engine as a host for WordPress sites, but they don’t suit all cases, all the time.

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Find WordPress Posts That Don’t have a Featured Image

A long while ago, I made this website 100% AMP, because mobile first is the future, and the future is now.

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5 Star WordPress Developer –

I was browsing through ratings on my Codeable profile, which I’ve had since 2016, and I’ve got an average rating of 4.95 out of 5, after over 400 completed tasks. This is all 5 stars and three 4 stars reviews.

See some of the recent ones below:

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WooCommerce: All About the Web’s Most Popular eCommerce Software

I’m a WooCommerce developer, and I write a lot of stuff… but I realised I haven’t written a lot about the software itself, so here’s a longread for you… this will go deep, and get deeper over time, but if you’re interested in eCommerce, and specifically Woo, then this post will provide a good deal of context.

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WP Engine Managed WordPress Hosting – Prices Drop

WP Engine just sent around an email to let me know their prices are about to drop – for one account, an actual dollar $ decrease, and for the others, more allowance on the same plans!