Shelley Bassett




Having a Backup Plan

Why having a backup plan is important

Life happens. It gets in the way and does unexpected things. This is why having a backup plan is so important.

“We’re moving to Plan B“. Not always the words you want to hear. In fact, they’re often the opposite of what we want to hear. But the thing no one tells you about Plan B is that having a backup plan means that the show can go on. It’s not a preparedness to fail, it’s a recipe for success. I’ve often struggled with the idea that having a Plan B doesn’t mean failure, but recently, I could have used a backup plan. Here’s what a Plan B really looks like, and why you should probably make one too. (more…)

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Create Custom Image Sizes in WordPress

Setting custom image sizes is a really great way to maintain control over how content is added to a post without needing to edit each image

When developing a theme, you have to think about both how a website will be viewed, as well as how new content will be added. Oftentimes, you won’t have control over the posts being added to a site, or won’t have the time to manually edit images before uploading them. This is where custom image sizes come in handy.


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Fitbit Alta HR

5 Reasons I Love FitBit

I've owned a FitBit for a while now, and I'm a bit of a fan. Theses are my top 5 reasons to use FitBit products

My weight (and also general health) has been all over the place for a while now. It’s taking some serious commitment to try and bring it back into line, and while I don’t feel like I’m succeeding yet, there is one tool that’s really helping. I’m using a couple of different FitBit products to help monitor, track and motivate me to make a lasting change in my life. (more…)

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How To Use Custom Metadata

If your posts have custom fields, you might be wondering how to use custom metadata. This tutorial walks through calling and displaying custom fields in the WordPress loop.

Many plugins offer custom fields for posts. We’ve even spoken about how to add this metadata via a plugin or theme. But how do you use custom metadata? It’s pretty simple, and involves calling the field from the database, then displaying it on a page in the theme. (more…)

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Making the switch to MailerLite

I've recently moved all my email marketing from MailChimp to MailerLite. Here's why you should too.

A few months ago I set up a MailChimp account to manage my email marketing, and what a roller coaster that was! Now, I’m using MailerLite and everything is smooth sailing. This isn’t sponsored by MailerLite, I just really love the service they’re providing! Here’s why I made the switch, and why you should consider it too.


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Enqueuing Style Sheets in WordPress

Every website is designed using style sheets. But did you know there are several different ways of enqueuing style sheets in WordPress?

Enqueuing style sheets in WordPress is the beginning of any theme template. There are only 5 files required for a WordPress theme, and style.css  is one of them. But do you know how to correctly insert this file? Or that there are ways to enqueue multiple style sheets, or page specific ones? WordPress is a powerful tool, and utelised properly, can create some very quick-loading websites. (more…)

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BirdFont Interface

3 Quick Ways to Make a Font

It's really easy to make a font. Here are 3 different ways to make a customised font, without breaking the budget.

It can’t be said enough, I love fonts and typography. I love using them, I love making them… I just really like letters. If you want to make a font, but aren’t sure where to start, this is a quick guide for choosing the right program for you. It covers the quick, the free and even creation for those with a bit more experience looking to branch out. (more…)

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Missing RSS feeds in WordPress

If you're using WordPress, and think you're missing RSS feeds... Don't panic! They're there. Just a little hidden and difficult to find. These simple steps will show you how to find any number of missing feeds.

RSS feeds are still an important part of blogging. It lets people subscribe to the blog, and can also be used in clever automation workflows. But what if you have missing RSS feeds, or simply can’t find the best one to share? WordPress has RSS feeds inbuilt, but sometimes these are in unexpected locations. There are a number of ways to identify these feeds, and some clever ways to perform queries to get a specific one. (more…)

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A few zines from my ever-growing collection

What is a Zine?

What is a zine? They can relay a variety of ideas; political, personal or pop culture. Here's why I love zines.

I love zines. I have an ever-growing collection, and regularly pick up more when I see one I like. But what is a zine? And why have they had such an impact on me?


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I hate having my photo taken

It’s unfortunate but true. I hate having my photo taken. But I’m slowly trying to change this...

Over the years, I’ve expressed my dislike of photos in a variety of ways. Not photography, but anything that involves having myself in front of the camera. I hate having my photo taken, but I think this needs to change. (more…)

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