A plain text list of all countries in the world and their respective states / provinces / counties

A plain text list of all countries in the world and their respective states / provinces / counties

Posted on 28th, July 2018 10:36 AM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Programming, Tips and Tricks, Website Development

We created a plain text list of all countries in the world and their respective states / provinces / counties. It’s incomplete but that’s the goal. Available on GitHub in raw format.


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In Depth Comparison of WordPress vs Laravel (CMS & eCommerce Included)

Posted on 24th, June 2018 3:55 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Programming, Website Development

We developer custom WordPress Themes from scratch and existing platforms like Roots (Trellis, Bedrock and Sage), as well as custom WordPress Plugins. We’ve done so for almost the entire time we’ve been in business (circa 2005). Over time we’ve gradually discovered the limitations with WordPress but ultimately decided that the alternatives were just that: an […]


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Roots Issue #12: Code, styles, not updating

Posted on 7th, December 2017 5:01 AM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Bedrock, Roots, Sage Theme, Trellis, Ubuntu

The Issue Recently, I discovered that when I saved my code it was no longer appearing when I reloaded the website while working locally in development. This occurred along with this error so I thought they were connected.   The Solution It turned out that when you run gulp –production that the Theme begins to look in […]


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Roots Issue #11

Posted on by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Roots, Trellis, Ubuntu

[Browsersync] Couldn’t open browser (if you are using BrowserSync in a headless environment, you might want to set the open option to false) I have built several sites with Roots stack now and suddenly, BrowserSync is no longer working on one of them. However, BrowserySync is working on all the others. So this suggests to […]


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Roots Issue #10

Posted on 17th, November 2017 5:40 AM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Bedrock, Roots, Sage Theme, Trellis, Ubuntu

Today I switched from my Mac to my Linux Ubuntu and attempted to continue working on a Roots site. After cloning it down and using vagrant up to start the server and the site. Then I noticed the sites styling was broken. So I looked at the main.css stylesheet and discovered it was not found. So […]


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Roots Issue #7: What to do when your Theme styles on Staging or Production are broken.

Posted on 5th, November 2017 11:21 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Bedrock

Disclaimer: First of all, if you don’t realize that there are possibly many causes for this type of issue, you probably need more experience in website development in general. Particularly mastering HTML and CSS.   Today, I deployed a site to Staging. This means that I: Opened Terminal on my Mac / Linux Ubuntu machine. […]


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The First 5 Things You Should Know When Using ‘Screen’

Posted on 15th, October 2017 6:59 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Bash / Shell, Programming

What is screen? screen is program that allows you to use multiple windows (virtual VT100 terminals) in Unix. In other words, instead of having a bunch of tabs open in Terminal to do different things at the same time you can run the commands below to show and hide them.   1. How to use […]


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Roots Error #1 – Failed to connect to the host via ssh: Permission denied (publickey).

Posted on 5th, October 2017 6:53 AM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Bedrock, Roots, Trellis

Earlier this year we began using Roots’ Trellis, Bedrock and Sage to develop and manage websites. While the system is everything WordPress should be. There are some things it should not be. One of them is temperamental, another is incredibly complicated. Today I’m working on our third project with Roots. But simultaneously with our second and […]


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Roots Error #3 – ERROR! Invalid vars plugin version from /Users/myusers/Sites/mysite.com/trellis/lib/trellis/plugins/vars/version.py

Posted on by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Bedrock, PHP, Programming, Roots, Sage Theme, Trellis

Aaaand we’re back. If you saw or read my previous two articles, those were related to project #2. This article, however, is related to project #3.   The Problem I created the site and successfully worked on it on my Linux Ubuntu machine. I successfully deployed my work from development to staging went to bed. And then […]


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Roots Error #4 – composer create-project roots/sage mysite 8.5.3 zsh: command not found: composer

Posted on by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Bedrock, Linux, Mac, Roots, Sage Theme, Trellis, Ubuntu

This year we began using Roots’ Trellis, Bedrock and Sage to develop and manage websites. So far, I’ve only successfully completed one. But I’m actively working on three others. All riddled with obnoxious problems that seem to appear out of nowhere. Luckily for me, I have four computers. Two Macs, one Windows and one Linux […]


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Roots Error #2 – Mailhog, connection failure

Posted on by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Bedrock, PHP, Programming, Roots, Sage Theme, Trellis

Yet another error while using Roots’ Trellis, Bedrock and Sage during vagrant up on a brand new site, development locally on MacOS Sierra 10.12.6   My experience with Roots is that every time I use it I get a new error. Even if I didn’t change anything.   The Problem Today the error began when I create […]


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Curious about content marketing? Here’s the who, what, where, when, and why.

Posted on 14th, June 2017 5:30 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Content Marketing, Pay Per Click Management, Programming, Search Engine Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Search Marketing, Video Production, Website Development

What is content marketing? While the phrase “content marketing” is new and trending, the practice is not. Content marketing is the process of using your resources to create and promote original content that is attractive to an audience. Effective content marketing will generate a return on investment directly and / or indirectly. Overall, you can […]


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My First Time with Roots’ Trellis + Bedrock + Sage

Posted on 7th, April 2017 7:37 AM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Bash / Shell, Bedrock, PHP, Programming, Roots, Sage Theme, Trellis, Website Development

This article was written to document some of the specific challenges I had that other’s using Roots’ Trellis + Bedrock + Sage may experience as well. My hope is that anyone who gets stuck will be able to save themselves the many hours it cost me to track down these solutions and understand precisely why […]


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How to Use Font Awesome with Sage Theme & Bootstrap 4

Posted on 27th, March 2017 7:02 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Bedrock, Roots, Sage Theme, Trellis

I am developing a clients website with Trellis + Bedrock + Sage and Bootstrap 4. Bootstrap 4 no longer includes Font Awesome library by default so I had to learn how to include it in Sage by reading this forum thread on the Roots website.   Short Answer Navigate to your Sage Theme folder from […]


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My Struggles with PHP

Posted on 23rd, January 2017 4:53 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: PHP

I’ve been programming since 2005, and doing PHP since circa 2006, WordPress circe 2010. I never received a formal education in programming so, while I don’t have school debt, I do have substantive gaps in my knowledge. Like a road with pot holes.   Recently, I’ve started a new company, wppluginco.com, and shifted back into […]


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My First Week With Freelancer.com – Major Bugs, No Support!

Posted on 19th, January 2017 10:03 AM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: PHP

Backstory (if you don’t care, skip ahead) To hire staff, I have historically relied on Craigslist and UpWork.com (Formerly ODesk.com). For myself, as a former freelance developer, I tried to find work on ODesk.com but found that the audience was primarily seeking low-wage workers (as was I when I was an employer) so it proved fruitless […]


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What is Crowd-Sourced Server Administration and Distributed Server Administration

Posted on 1st, January 2017 10:52 AM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: New Products or Services, Trellis, Web Hosting

Historically, website servers were created and managed by one person, or organization and built with third party software – typically open source. This has benefits, but for small businesses especially this greatly limits the purview of security to those select people. Since security is a naturally evolving topic it’s critical that the server itself is […]


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WordPress Website Hacking Plugins Comparison

Posted on 27th, February 2014 12:11 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Programming

This page includes some details we’ve documented based on our experience with attempting to prevent SPAM registrations. It’s a living document we’ll update over time. Acunetrix did what it promised, but we’re not sure how necessary it is as we’d not experienced an attack in any of the ways it suggests are possible in about […]


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Virtualmin Suexec Error /var/www/vhosts

Posted on 22nd, January 2014 10:11 AM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Programming, Website Development

After updating the Virtualmin > System Settings > Server Templates > Default Settings > Apache Website The Suexec command on your system is configured to only run scripts under /home, but the Virtualmin virtual server home directory is /var/www/vhosts. CGI and PHP scripts run as domain owners will not be executed. The solution is to update the […]


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WordPress, Twitter Bootstrap, Boilerplate and SASS

Posted on 8th, November 2013 12:38 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Programming, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized, Website Development

This article is intended to clearly and concisely explain, to developers, how to optimally integrate Twitter’s Bootstrap, HTML5 Boilerplate and SASS/LESS into a WordPress Theme. I begin by explaining what each of those are and then contrasting their differences to highlight how they compliment (not compete with) one another. Furthermore I aim to provide a definitive demonstration of how […]


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