My Ramblings

This is a blog about design, front-end development, WordPress and other random musings by Liam Jay

How to make external links user-friendly and accessible


Have you ever thought about how to make external links user-friendly and accessible? Hyperlinks serve as the web’s connective tissue, ubiquitously woven into the fabric of online content. Their pervasive nature means that the design and operational aspects of hyperlinks, particularly external ones, typically escape our attention. Yet, as we delve deeper, we uncover the… Continue Reading +

wp_home vs wp_siteurl in WordPress

The difference with WP_HOME and WP_SITEURL in WordPress


A brief explanation on the difference between WP_HOME and WP_SITEURL in WordPress If you’ve done any development work with WordPress then you’ve probably noticed two similar looking rows in the database. Specifically WP_HOME and WP_SITEURL. These two have always confused me. To set the URL of your site you need to use the WP_HOME constant,… Continue Reading +

How to set a featured product loop in WooCommerce 3

Featured Products Loop in WooCommerce 3


If you’ve ever needed to display featured products through a custom loop in WooCommerce on one of your custom template pages, this snippet of code is what I’ve been using for WooCommerce 3 and above. You’ll need to wrap this in a list element possibly with a class of “products” depending on your css. <?php… Continue Reading +

An example of a secure web url

Self-signed certificates for SSL on MAMP


Getting SSL on MAMP can be a pain. For local development you can use self signed certs. To overcome the problems relating to local dev on OSX. I do the following: Please note, I am using Google Chrome for this and have not tested in on any other browsers. Create your certificate and serve it… Continue Reading +

Multiple examples of acceptance checkboxes that help make a contact form GDPR compliant.

GDPR Compliant Contact Form


How to make a GDPR Compliant Contact Form. This post is more for my own future reference than anything else, so I can use it when I need to make a GDPR Compliant Contact Form, but it might be of some help to others too. I’m sure by now, almost everyone in the web industry… Continue Reading +


CSS is not easy


Technically this isn’t much of a blog post, but I saw a great quote by Jeremy Keith on the subject of CSS simplicity and wanted to share it as it mirrors most of my own feelings on the subject. Unlike a programming language that requires knowledge of loops, variables, and other concepts, CSS is pretty easy… Continue Reading +

Web Tools - Sass, Gulp, Grunt and React

KISS your workflow


Do I need to use Grunt? Do I need to use Gulp? Do I need to use Sass? Do I need to use React? I see people asking these type of questions a lot, and I think the answer should be to ask what problems each of those things is trying to solve and do… Continue Reading +