๐Ÿ‘‹ I’m Derrick, and this is my WordPress Blarg.


I’m an Enterprise Engineer for WordPress VIP. I’ve been with Automattic/VIP since 2015, and enjoy it every day!

On this site I mostly post WordPress and web technology related things, with a mix of whatever else is on my mind.


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  • Half-Baked Plugins: Embeds for Twitch and Gutenberg

    Half-Baked Plugins: Embeds for Twitch and Gutenberg

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    In my forever attempt to learn and understand Gutenberg, React, and ES6 (which I am failing at horribly) I sometimes build WordPress plugins just for the learning experience. I don’t have any full intent on releasing these to the WordPress.org Plugin Repository because I honestly don’t feel like dealing with end users and support. I’m […]

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  • Deleting Old Post Revisions in WordPress with WP-CLI

    Deleting Old Post Revisions in WordPress with WP-CLI

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    Recently I’ve been working with a client who’s site we’re going to soon be migrating. To help with any downtime, we’ve been looking at reducing their database size, which is something around 50-60 gigabytes. After looking through the database, one easy win would be to purge as many post revisions as possible, since their wp_posts […]

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  • Five Years

    Five Years

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    This past Monday marked my five year anniversary at Automattic, working for WordPress VIP. It seems forever ago, but at 9:59AM on February 11, 2015 I emailed jobs@automattic.com with my resume built as a child theme to twentyfifteen. Somehow I must have tricked them because 22 days later (which is pretty fast for a reply […]

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  • Quick Tip: HyperDock as a Service

    Quick Tip: HyperDock as a Service

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    HyperDock, a macOS tool that provides windows previews like modern versions of Windows, seems to have problems on macOS Catalina for me. At random times, it will stop working and I need to go to System Preferences and disable and re-enable it; sometimes many times a day. I’ve tried contacting the author and so far […]

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  • Wisps, a WordPress Plugin

    Wisps, a WordPress Plugin

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    With Wisps, you can have code snippets similar to Gist, Pastebin, or similar code sharing sites. Using the built-in WordPress code editor, you can write snippets to post and share.

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  • Open source ngrok alternative

    Open source ngrok alternative

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    During a client onsite last year, I was first introduced to ngrok. Ngrok provides “secure introspectable tunnels to localhost.” The free tier of ngrok provides temporary, random subdomains to use. This is fine most of the time, but kind of causes problems for things like Jetpack that require persistent domain names for connecting. While I […]

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