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 absolute stupid garbage. You have been warned.

  • Photos: Asheville, NC

    Photos: Asheville, NC

    I’m currently away on sabbatical for three months, because my company is awesome (and we’re hiring!) I recently took a trip to Asheville, NC. It’s the first time I’ve ever been that far East, and the first time in North Carolina. It was AWESOME! Please enjoy a small selection of pictures:

  • Quick Tip: Script Debugging in WordPress

    Quick Tip: Script Debugging in WordPress

    If you’re debugging core WordPress scripts, one thing you might run into is dealing with cached copies of the script. Due to how script-loader.php enqueues the core files, their versions are “hard coded” and short of editing script-loader.php as well, there’s a way to fix this via a filter: This will apply a unique ver…

  • Quick Tip: Disable WordPress Block Editor Fullscreen Mode

    Quick Tip: Disable WordPress Block Editor Fullscreen Mode

    I don’t know why, but any time I edit posts on this site, the block editor always goes into fullscreen mode. Even if I disable it, the next time I edit a post or refresh, it goes right back. My preferences aren’t being saved. Oh well, we can fix that with some PHP! Many thanks…

  • Raspberry Pi: February 2021

    Raspberry Pi: February 2021

    I often feel like I don’t get enough use out of my Raspberry Pi devices. I have a Raspberry Pi Model B Revision 2.0 (512MB) and a Raspberry Pi 4 (4GB). Their current uses are as follows Raspberry Pi Model B: Pi-Hole Node-RED (Still haven’t done anything with it) Raspberry Pi 4: Radarr/Sonarr/Sabnzbd ZNC PiVPN…

  • Getting WordPress Database Size via WP-CLI

    Getting WordPress Database Size via WP-CLI

    One WP-CLI command that I’ve found handy is this db-size command. It allows you to output a site’s registered database tables along with the data and index size in any format that WP-CLI natively supports, with multiple sort options: Here’s some example output from one of my test sites: Enjoy!

  • Nano: The One True Editor

    Nano: The One True Editor

    Forget about vi/vim/edlin. Nano is the only editor that you need in the console. Sure, it may not be perfect, but with a few extra steps in .nanorc it can really be a great experience. Here’s my .nanorc with some comments showing what’s changed:

  • Quick Tip: Export WordPress SQL output via WP-CLI

    Quick Tip: Export WordPress SQL output via WP-CLI

    If for some reason you can’t run wp db query, but need to export SQL output to a CSV or other file, then have a look at this small WP-CLI command I whipped up that should allow this: I’d add an example here, but I don’t have any right now that I can share ๐Ÿ˜…

  • phpMyAdmin and MariaDB with Docker

    phpMyAdmin and MariaDB with Docker

    I used to run a MariaDB server on an old Linux machine for working with database dumps and other things, but after moving all of that to a new Raspberry Pi 4, I never really set it back up. So instead I thought I’d play with this fancy new Docker stuff all the cool kids…

  • Pi-hole, Google Wifi, and Device Names

    Pi-hole, Google Wifi, and Device Names

    One of the things that bothered me for quite some time with my Pi-Hole was that using it with Google Wifi (first gen), it wouldn’t automatically detect device hostnames. I’d done a lot of googling and never could get it to work even after a lot of different trials with multiple settings. Eventually I gave…

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