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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  • 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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  • Debugging WordPress Hooks: Speed

    Debugging WordPress Hooks: Speed

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    If you google debugging WordPress hooks you’ll find a lot of information. About 1,180,000 results Let’s add another one. WordPress hooks are powerful, but also complex under the hood. There’s plenty of topics I could talk about here, but right now I’m only going to talk about speed. How long does it take for a […]

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