Why I’m not standing for re-election

Posted on May 26, 2018

Hi all, while its normal to say why you are standing for election, I thought having been at the forefront of Hack Oldham since the very start I should explain why I have decided not to stand for re-election this year. As I mentioned I have been leading Hack Oldham since 2014 when we first started meeting in the Bank Top Tavern, I formed Hack Oldham Ltd, moved us in to Hardcastle Street, closed down the limited company, formed the Social ...

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[Action Required] Changes to your Google Maps APIs account

Posted on May 3, 2018

This morning I got an email from Google with the subject "[Action Required] Changes to your Google Maps APIs account", at first I thought it was another GDPR notification and was just about to hit delete when I noticed the name of a website I'm currently working on included in the email. So what does this actually mean? Well up until now if you wanted a Google Map on your website to show you're customers where you business was you ...

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WordPress SEO with SEO by Yoast

Posted on May 3, 2018

One of the most popular Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) plugins for WordPress is Yoast SEO. This plug in makes it easy to set meta data for any given page or post along with a handy traffic light system to guide you through optimising your content. https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/ First you need to install the plugin, if you do not know how to install plugins take a look at this post first. Once installed follow the ...

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The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive

Posted on April 8, 2018

Sometimes when trying to upload an image to your WordPress media library you will get an error that says "The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini", What this means in real terms is that the file is too big for your site. While your first step should be resizing your images sometimes you will need the ability to upload larger files, and while you can upload your files via ftp if your hosting has cpanel you can ...

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Cropping Photos

Posted on April 8, 2018

There are times when you need an image for your website to be a particular size or aspect ratio, for example you might need a long thin image for your header or to use a small section of an image for a product or portrait photo. In this blog post I'm going to explain how to crop out a section of a photo using the free image editing package Gimp - GNU Image manipulation program. Lets say this is your picture... and this is your ...

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It’s time for change

Posted on March 19, 2018

What’s happening? As of the beginning of April I will no longer be employed by Hack Oldham to manage the space, it will revert back to being member run. I recommended this change to the membership and they have agreed. Why? Hack Oldham was always intended to be community run, after all it’s owned by the community and operates for the sake of the community. My role was always to help pull things together, to keep things moving forward ...

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The next step?

Posted on March 3, 2018

For the last few years I have focused on Hack Oldham, a non profit co-working and maker space in Oldham, what started out as a tiny little group grew into something much larger with the the move into the former Wahoo building on Yorkshire Street. As you have probably seen we have been beset with delays eventually opening 6 months late and then spending the first 6 months troubleshooting the building which to this date still has issues. I ...

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Adding WordPress users

Posted on March 2, 2018

By creating individual user accounts for each person who you wish to be able to update you're website you are able to control what they are able to edit. For example while you have full access to your site, you may want your staff the be able to update content, but not change the theme or add plugins. A default WordPress installation has 5 user roles. 1.  Administrator The administrator has full access to the site, can change content ...

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Adding Menus to WordPress

Posted on March 2, 2018

By default WordPress will add every page you add to it's menu and while this is ok to start with it can soon become cluttered. In this post we'll look at how to take control of your WordPress menus. 1. From the dashboard select "Appearance" and then "Menus". 2. To create a new menu click the "Create new menu" link near the top of the page, if you have already created a menu skip to step 5. 3. Give you menu a name, and then click ...

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Adding Posts

Posted on March 2, 2018

1.  From the dashboard select "Posts" then "Add New". 2. Give your post a title and some content 3. Assign your post to a category 4.  Add tags to your post to indicate its relevant keywords. 5. Click the [Publish] button to make your blog post live.

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