Blog Posts Category: Programming

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/

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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Proposed Improvements to the WordPress UI

Posted on 10th, September 2017 5:42 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Programming, WordPress

As of the writing of this article WordPress Plugins are allowed to do a few things that interrupt the WordPress UI. Headers – In the back end, when on any page, especially settings pages of Plugins, the headers are cluttered and inconsistent. Exhibit A, B, C. To improve this we proposes approving the following: Enhanced Permalink […]

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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 relatively 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 […]

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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,, and shifted back into […]

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My First Week With – 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 (Formerly For myself, as a former freelance developer, I tried to find work on 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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