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Mike Ellis
Web strategist, writer, speaker, musician, lefty, father, husband, sorta-atheist-agnostic-buddhist. I run a little digital agency called Thirty8 Digital
Web strategist, writer, speaker, musician, lefty, father, husband, sorta-atheist-agnostic-buddhist. I run a little digital agency called Thirty8 Digital


Hi all - q for you. We've noticed a MASSIVE increase in comment spam on one of our client sites in the last couple of days.

The only thing that has changed on the site is that I've moved them from SendGrid to Mandrill as the email provider. 

I can't see how this can possibly be the problem, but as it's the only thing that's changed I'm running out of other answers. Obviously it could just be that it's coincidence - but as they say in the movies, I don't like coincidences..

While I'm on it - does anyone have any good strategies they can share for using Google Analytics to identify spam sources / bots? 



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Does anyone have any experience with outsourcing WP stuff? So - do you outsource, where to if so, any recommendations on who to go to, how to choose people, etc? Other hints, tips, things to avoid?

I'm looking at possibility of outsourcing at various points along the stack - most likely it'll be design to HTML, and then doing WP integration ourselves, but all stories / thoughts / recommendations would be welcome.  

p.s. if you're a company that provides outsourcing, please don't get spammy on this post, I'll just ignore you :-)

I avoid pre-built themes wherever possible, so forgive me if this is a stupid question: but - does anyone know if you can create a Child Theme for a Theme Forest theme? I know some premium theme makers won't allow this, wondering if TF do or not? Thanks!

Apologies if this is an easy one, but I'm failing to find stuff on the web.

If I've registered a custom post type which has custom fields (I'm using ACF for these) - is there a way of displaying one of these fields in the listings menu in the dashboard?

So in my example I have a custom post type called "ads", and one of the associated fields is "ad type" - how would I display this value in the listing at /wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=ad ?

I have few major gripes with WP but one is how appallingly bad the media search is in the dashboard. Even if you know, say, an image file name you still can't find it. Any recs for approaches / plugins that do this better - ideally I'd be able to search title / alt / filename / part filename. Wildcards would be even better...

I've been asked by a client to look into providing content that is localised depending on where a user is looking at the site from. The context is that the site has different vendor prices for (say) Germany, England, US etc and they'd prefer a user coming from X to only see prices that are for X area. Now obviously I have warned them that this is spoofable - ie a user could easily override this and see other vendor areas if they were savvy enough - but knowing this, are there any tips on how best to do this?

My first thoughts would be:

1. Use a multilingual plugin like WPML and treat the differences in content as "languages" 

2. Write some code which asked the user to localise (or did it automatically) and then surfaced different variables using ACF or whatever for that particular localisation

3. Do something with multisite where users go to a "root" site which determines locale and then redirects them to en. or us. or whatever

I know a lot of this is dependent on the specifics of the content but any hints / best practice would be appreciated. Ta.

I'd like to suggest that we add a rule to the community guidlines: "try using Google before you ask here". Harsh perhaps, but I see an awful lot of stuff being posted in this community that is either not terribly relevant or is much better answered on Google / Stack Exchange etc... +Thomas Scholz 

In arrangement view, what's best way of cutting output from all tracks except one for a couple of bars? Route everything to sends and the master volume down? Or route all the tracks I want to cut to a new track and cut volume there...? Or are there better ways?

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Quick work in progress, first go with the Launchkey49. Really liking the flexibility it gives....
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